Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song
This month, choose a song from our list of song prompts and use any aspect--the title, the lyrics, the music, the video--to create a story about romantic or sexual love. Any pairing or poly relationship is acceptable. Challenge entries are due on August 11 to be eligible for a creator stamp.
Read the Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge entries and please consider letting the author know if you enjoy their work!
July 2017 Newsletter
Our July newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Brodda by Himring, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Brodda by Himring. As the Easterling who marries Aerin against her will, Brodda's story is suggestive of the Easterling people's political situation in Dor-lomin and reveals a character who, rather than serving as a loyal stooge to Morgoth, acts primarily out of self-interest. Read the biography of Brodda.
Erellont by Oshun
Barahir by Oshun
Arwen by Oshun
Silmariën by Oshun
Saeros by Robinka
All Character of the Month Biographies
Around the World and Web
Tolkien Femslash Week
From July 15-22, choose a Sappho quote to inspire your story or create a prompt using a Sappho quote and submit it to the Tolkien Femslash Week tumblr.
A Beren and Lúthien Media Roundup
A new Tolkien book always sparks a flurry of press attention, and a story as well-known as Beren and Lúthien, serving as pivotal backdrop to the great love story in The Lord of the Rings, perhaps more so. Beren and Lúthien in the media does compile a good number of articles, interviews and contextual pieces, while Beren and Lúthien and Their Not-So-Little Dog, Too summarizes the new book, and even Oxford Dictionary weighs in with a piece about the hemlocks Lúthien was dancing in. Stay tuned for more!
The Role of Trees in Tolkien, Shakespeare and Atwood
From the Two Trees of Valinor to the White Trees of Gondor and Númenor to Old Man Willow and the Ents, trees are a pivotal aspect of Tolkien's work. Putting him in juxtaposition with other authors, University of Oslo MA Candidate Rune Jensen has delivered a thesis on this topic, writing: "This thesis explores some of the roles and functions that trees have in works of imaginative literature, as symbols, as structural elements, and as representations of real trees in the physical world. Whereas most other studies treat trees only as symbols, or, which is often the case, do not treat them at all, this study aims to show that it is worthwhile to pay more attention to the role of trees in books, and that they are as important as suggested by the linguistic connection between the words "book" and "beech", and the fact that both trees and books have "leaves"." Find the whole thesis on academia.edu..
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