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Newsletter: April 2016

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SWG News

Back to Middle-earth Month: Memories is over!

The end of March has brought the end of this year’s event which produced, as we’ve all come to expect, about 200 wonderful stories and has allowed us to relive all the good times we have had since the event was first held. The activities are not over of course so if you were too busy during March, remember you can always pick any prompt and write or produce any other form of artwork with it.

If you’ve missed any of the activity you can check:
http://b2mem.livejournal.com/

April Is International Poetry Month!

Though poetry appears challenging, we have in our Archive the poems that many authors have shared with us through the years. Don’t hesitate to revisit them and to read (or reread) the newer productions that were added in the last year. You’ll find plenty to inspire you so you can try your hand!

The Word Shop has an extensive list of poetic forms and terms. Bartleby.com has an impressive collection of poems and poetry anthologies. The Academy of American Poets has still more. And, of course, Tolkien was an avid poet as well. Find a collection of his poems on Poem Hunter

Welcome to Our New Members!

This month we welcome Yuhamara, lumos1234, Ariana, mefus, Manica123, MinstrelMidnight, Silmarilz1701, Beledor, Sanariel and Paperlanterns96 to the Silmarillion Writers' Guild.

We hope you're enjoying reading the stories, poems and reference material, and listening to the podcasts you can find in our site. If you are a writer, we look forward to you sharing your stories soon. If you prefer reading, why not leave a review to let other writers know you enjoyed their work?

What brought you to the Silmarillion fandom, and to the SWG? If you would like to share your Tolkien-related interests, or tell us a bit more about your fandom persona, go ahead and update your bio.

Our Frequently Asked Questions provide a lot of useful information about the archive, like challenges, reviews, ratings, our definition of "Silmfic", and much more, but if you can't find what you are after, do not hesitate to contact the SWG mods at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.


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New at the Archive

B2MeM 2016

2016 in Indy's B2MeM Stories by Independence1776 [Teens] (233 words)
Summary: A collection of my Back to Middle-earth Month stories. Each chapter is a different year. 2016: Two fanworks-- a graphic of the Prophecy of the North and a Teen-rated (for sexuality) Maglor/canonical wife drabble.

Atop Aewellond's Tower by Kaylee Arafinwiel [General] (372 words)
Summary: While looking eastward and missing her children, Elwing is brought important news, and makes a new friend.

Dying on the Vine by Ilye [General] (4096 words)
Summary: At the start of the Second Age, Gil-galad and his mother have a frank conversation about Fingon whilst Maedhros passes from politics into history.

In An Hour Unlooked For by Kaylee Arafinwiel [General] (572 words)
Summary: She had always loved the Sea. She never knew how much the Sea loved her back…

Love Unfulfilled in Dorthonion by Kaylee Arafinwiel [Teens] (642 words)
Summary: Andreth, called Saelind by the Elves, had her heart broken by Aegnor...

Fractures and Ammë in Short Tales of Arda by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate] (682 words)
Summary: Celegorm saves Caranthir from death during the Nírnaeth Arnoediad. Written for a prompt on Tumblr: "Stay awake."

Stolen Light by Chiaroscuro by Scribe of Mirrormere [Teens] (3632 words)
Summary: Eöl discovers the world of fanfiction thanks to Aredhel and agrees to collaborate on a project with her.

The Letter by Alquien [General] (958 words)
Summary: A thank you note provides unexpected insight.

The Tatyar by Silver Trails [Teens] (442 words)
Summary: This is a series of drabbles about the Tatyar, and about those few who never left Middle-earth

The Temptation of Osse by Kaylee Arafinwiel [General] (201 words)
Summary: Even in the Beginning of the Beginning, Osse was drawn to Melkor's Themes, and Ulmo worried for his impetuous Maia...

There shall be no lie by Harnatano [General] (1464 words)
Summary: A summer during the Siege of Angband. Beleriand is calm and peaceful, Himlad is safe, and Celebrimbor decides to take his father on a short trip in Assoriach.

Translations from the Elvish by Himring [Teens] (1736 words)
Summary: Elrond and Bilbo discuss "Translations from the Elvish" and its sources, especially the writings of Pengolodh.

Of Inventions and Regret, The Picture of Daeron Gris and Elf Counsel in Upon these shores by Lyra [Teens] (5803 words)
Summary: The fate of Maglor, after he cast away the Silmaril, is pretty much open for speculation. Here are some glimpses at his adventures throughout human history, in no particular order.

Tales of the Nine by Kaylee Arafinwiel [Teens] (488 words)
Summary: Who were the Nine before they became Ringwraiths - and after? Intended as a collection of Wraith-centric pieces whenever they come to me.

B2MeM '16 - Caranthir defends the Naugrim and B2MeM '16 - A bittersweet reunion in The Book of Short Tales by Lyra [Adult] (653 words)
Summary: A place to store short stories, ficlets and challenge responses that don't really warrant being archived on their own. Newly Added: "A bittersweet reunion". While preparing for the War of Wrath, Finarfin has the most important meeting of them all.

Completed Works

Black snow falls by Harnatano [General] (1311 words)
Summary: Fëanor just died, his sons are silently gathered around the ashes of his body, and Curufin must face the reality of his father's death, and his legacy.

Not Wholly Unwilling by Ecthelion [Teens] (1897 words)
Summary: For the marriage of the Eldar, what is "not wholly unwilling"?

One star less by Ariana [General] (1111 words)
Summary: Shortly about burning ships in Losgar according to "The Peoples of Middle-Earth"

Sad But True by Ecthelion [Teens] (25968 words)
Summary: A story for Celegorm the fair, the third son of Fëanor. An attempt to give the life of a simple villain more details without compromising his essential character.

The Battle of Sarn Ford (April 1, 2016) by Uvatha the Horseman [General] ( words)
Summary: In SA 1700, Sauron swept across Middle Earth on a mission to take the three Elven Rings from Gil-Galad. He was just as quickly swept back.

The Breach in the Walls by Ecthelion [Teens] (1912 words)
Summary: What was Maeglin thinking when he faced Idril in the end?

The Meaning of Snow by Ysilme [Teens] (8168 words)
Summary: On the verge of adulthood and very much in love, Elrohir is reluctant to meet again the elf who does not return his feelings. But the pitfalls of travelling in winter bring them together in an unexpected way.

Time Enough for Love by Ecthelion [Teens] (2067 words)
Summary: An extra chapter of Sad But True.

Works in Progress

At the sign of the drunken goose by Chiara Cadrich [Teens]
Summary: The Landlord of the Drunken Goose welcomes you in his common hall to hear horror tales gleaned along the greenway, or gentle saucy rhymes from the Shire.
Chapters added this month: The winter of wolves - The beat of Thalion, The winter of wolves - The long chase and The winter of wolves - The black beast.

Bringing Trouble to Barad-dur by Aiwen [Teens]
Summary: In the Halls of Mandos, Celebrimbor and Gil-galad receive a unique assignment: go as ghosts to Barad-dur and distract Sauron from his war against the free peoples of Middle-earth. MEFA 2010 Humor Incomplete 3rd place winner.
Chapter added this month: Mistaken Identity and Other Confusion.

Daughter of Kings, Part I by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: Fingolfin has been killed by Morgoth, and Fingon finds himself the High King of a people still reeling from the carnage of the Dagor Bragollach. Concerned for the safety of his family, he arranges for his daughter, Ereiniel, to move to Círdan's coastal city, Eglarest. A Gil-galad genderswap AU. (Characters and warnings will be updated as the story progresses.)
Chapters added this month: Chapter 2: Eglarest, Chapter 3: Secrets and Chapter 4: Lessons.

Maps by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: Fingon, Caranthir, and the aftermath of Maedhros' capture by Morgoth.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 10: Fingon and Chapter 11: Maedhros (Interlude).

The Exiles by Silver Trails [Teens]
Summary: The Elves are coming back to Middle-earth. Their road must be prepared.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 5 and Chapter 6.

The Golodhrim by Silver Trails [Teens]
Summary: The first days in Caranthir's new realm
Chapters added this month: Chapter 4 and Chapter 5.

The Seventh Avenger by ElrondsScribe [General]
Summary: This is the tale of how an Elf became an Avenger, and what exactly that means to him. AU, obviously. From just before The Avengers to Civil War, probably through Infinity War eventually. Strictly bookverse Tolkien, strictly movie-verse Avengers.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 2: The Elf Gets An Offer.

Unbroken by Olthaen [Teens]
Summary: Beleriand stands upon the edge of strife. After his home was razed, an elf finds himself entrusted with a secret that could destroy his family. Far away, another elf-maiden awoke after a massacre, challenged to overcome her fear and find herself. Set across the years of the First Age, the tale entwines the threads of courage, friendship and love.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 38, Chapter 39 and Chapter 40.

When days were younger by Taylor17387 [Adult]
Summary: Melkor came to Arda to hurt it. Tulkas came to Arda to hurt Melkor. What the fighter of the Valar didn't know, is that his enemy would turn more dangerous once defeated.
Chapter added this month: Dawn of a World.

Short Works

Quiet promises by Harnatano [General] (827 words)
Summary: Nerdanel and Fëanor sharing a moment of tenderness; A first child will be born. (unrequired post coital fluff.)


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Character of the Month Biography

Durin I

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Durin I, also referred to in the texts as Durin the Deathless, is the eldest and first in fame and importance among the seven original Fathers of the Dwarves who were created by Aulë.1 Also known as the Lords of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm, the people of the House of Durin or heirs of Durin trace their lineage back into the First Age and before. The history of the deeds of Durin's folk are recorded throughout the Second and Third Ages and, finally, with the tale of the participation of Gimli in the Fellowship of the Ring, into the Fourth Age of Arda.2 It is written in the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings that after Ilúvatar reached an understanding with Aulë over the errant Vala's unauthorized creation of the Dwarves that he agreed he would incorporate these children into his Music, but insisted they sleep until after the awakening of the Elves. Among the original seven, only Durin ". . . slept alone, until in the deeps of time and the awakening of that people he came to Azanulbizar, and in the caves above Kheled-zâram in the east of the Misty Mountains he made his dwelling, where afterwards were the Mines of Moria renowned in song."3 So, while Durin is said not to have had a partner, his line is also said to have never been broken throughout those long Ages—an unresolved contradiction.

Long before the publication of The Silmarillion or the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings, much less the volumes of The History of Middle-earth, readers first encountered Durin the Deathless in The Hobbit, where he is mentioned in his role as a legendary leader among the Dwarven peoples. We learn that Thorin and his nephews Fili and Kili are considered heirs of the House of Durin. The first naming of Durin in The Hobbit occurs in the chapter where Elrond explains to Gandalf and Thorin the meaning and the method of interpreting the moon-letters (runes) on the map of the secret backdoor entrance into the Lonely Mountain of Erebor.4

"Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks," read Elrond, "and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole."

"Durin, Durin!" said Thorin. "He was the father of the fathers of the eldest race of Dwarves, the Longbeards, and my first ancestor: I am his heir."5

Then Elrond asks Thorin what Durin's Day is, and Thorin explains that it is the first day of the Dwarven New Year. Thorin explains that this important date within the calendar of the Dwarves "is as all should know the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter. We still call it Durin's Day when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together."6

Durin's Folk are also called Longbeards or Sigin-tarâg in Khuzdul (the semi-secret language of the Dwarves).7 Khuzdul was an "ancient language of their own which they prized highly; and even when, as among the Longbeard Dwarves of the West, it had ceased to be their native tongue and had become a 'book-language', it was carefully preserved and taught to all their children at an early age."8 It is described as a difficult language learned by few other peoples and structurally and grammatically different from other languages. In Author of the Century, British scholar Tom Shippey points out that Tolkien took many of his Dwarf names, not least among them that of Durin, from the section called the Dvergatal or ‘the Tally of the Dwarves' of the Völuspá segment of the collection of Old Norse poems known as the Poetic Edda.9

Eight of the thirteen dwarf-names of Tolkien's Thorin and Company [whom the reader encounters in The Hobbit] are here, along with the name of Thorin's relative Dain, his grandfather Thror, and something close to his father Thrain. Four of the other five (Dwalin, Gloin, Dori, Ori) are not far away, as are Durin, in both The Hobbit and Völuspá the dwarves' legendary ancestor, and Thorin's nickname Oakenshield, or Eikinskjaldi.10

Cultural historian Michael Saler notes that the "Dwarves in Old Norse literature were subterranean creatures, short, stout, and bearded, miners of precious gems and ores."11 These prototypes of Tolkien's Dwarves are like in some ways to those Old Norse creatures, with their stalwart characters and legendary cavernous dwellings. In The Silmarillion, it is noted that because Aulë made the Dwarves during the days of Melkor, he created them to be ". . . strong to endure. Therefore they are stone-hard, stubborn, fast in friendship and in enmity, and they suffer toil and hunger and hurt of body more hardily than all other speaking peoples. . . ."12 Professor Saler also notes that The Lord of the Rings owes much of its lasting appeal "to its logical rigor and empirical detail. Its maps, glossaries, chronologies, and other scholarly elements" foster "an analytic mindset as well as a sense of wonder."13 This is certainly true in the case of the history of the Dwarves in general and Durin in particular, who is traced from the earliest accounts of Middle-earth through the final culmination of the story in The Lord of the Rings. Gimli, of book and movie fame, was one the Folk of Durin. After the Ring War, Gimli led Durin's Folk from Erebor south to Aglarond where he founded a new Dwarven community known as the realm of the Glittering Caves.14

One of the most interesting aspects of the tale of Durin is the legend among the Dwarves that, after he dies, he is reborn again and again to live amongst his people and resume a leadership role.

They say also that the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves return to live again in their own kin and to bear once more their ancient names: of whom Durin was the most renowned in after ages, father of that kindred most friendly to the Elves, whose mansions were at Khazad-dûm.15

This rebirth of Durin is reminiscent of the aspect of Arthurian legend in which the great king will return when his people are most in need of leadership. For example,

It came to pass that in the middle of the Third Age Durin was again its king, being the sixth of that name. The power of Sauron, servant of Morgoth, was then again growing in the world, though the Shadow in the Forest that looked towards Moria was not yet known for what it was. All evil things were stirring. The Dwarves delved deep at that time, seeking beneath Barazinbar for mithril, the metal beyond price that was becoming yearly ever harder to win.16

Sadly, in this case, unlike the prophesized return of the "once and future king" in Arthurian legendry, the return of King Durin VI was not able to hold back the growing darkness. Instead the ever deeper delving of his people "roused from sleep a thing of terror that, flying from Thangorodrim, had lain hidden at the foundations of the earth since the coming of the Host of the West: a Balrog of Morgoth." And, Durin VI died there, slain by the Balrog.17

The Elves and Dwarves also tell different tales of the making and final ending of the Dwarves. The Elves believe that Dwarves, although stronger and longer-lived than Men, return at their deaths to stone in the earth from which Aulë originally formed them. The Dwarves' account, perhaps more trustworthy within this mythology, is

that Aulë the Maker, whom they call Mahal, cares for them, and gathers them to Mandos in halls set apart; and that he declared to their Fathers of old that Ilúvatar will hallow them and give them a place among the Children in the End. Then their part shall be to serve Aulë and to aid him in the remaking of Arda after the Last Battle.18

Durin the Deathless serves throughout the legendarium as the figurehead of the entirety of the Dwarven peoples.

This legendarium ends with a vision of the end of the world, its breaking and remaking, and the recovery of the Silmarilli and the 'light before the Sun' — after a final battle which owes, I suppose, more to the Norse vision of Ragnarök than to anything else, though it is not much like it.19

The first Durin awakened before any of his other comrades and lived longest in that first lifetime granted him, from the period of the Years of the Trees, until near the end of the First Age.

Yet in the end he [Durin I] died before the Elder Days had passed, and his tomb was in Khazad-dûm; but his line never failed, and five times an heir was born in his House so like to his Forefather that he received the name of Durin. He was indeed held by the Dwarves to be the Deathless that returned; for they have many strange tales and beliefs concerning themselves and their fate in the world.20



Works Cited

  1. The Silmarillion, "Of Aulë and Yavanna."
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Appendix A, "Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk."
  3. Ibid.
  4. The Hobbit, "A Short Rest."
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. The Peoples of Middle-earth, Of Dwarves and Men.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Shippey, Tom. J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. HarperCollins Publishers, 2000. Kindle Edition.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Saler, Michael. As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Pre-History of Virtual Reality. Oxford University Press, 2011.
  12. The Silmarillion, "Of Aulë and Yavanna."
  13. Saler, Michael. As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Pre-History of Virtual Reality. Oxford University Press, 2011.
  14. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk."
  15. The Silmarillion, "Of Aulë and Yavanna."
  16. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk."
  17. Ibid.
  18. The Silmarillion, "Of Aulë and Yavanna."
  19. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, "Letter 131 to Milton Waldman."
  20. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk."



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Current Challenge

Proverbs

"To know a people's popular proverbs ... is to begin to know that people."
~Morton W. Bloomfield and Charles Dunn, The Role of the Poet in Early Society

Many of the cultures that Tolkien studied as an academic are known for their gnomic writings and especially their use of proverbs. Not surprisingly, his own writings are filled with sayings often interpreted as proverbs. Your task for this challenge is to do what scholars Bloomfield and Dunn suggest: Begin with a proverb and then write about what it shows about the people who preserved it. If you need some ideas, you can find thousands of proverbs from Tolkien's books on @TolkienProverbs!

Any story inspired by a possible proverb from Tolkien's books is acceptable for this challenge. You might show how proverbial wisdom inspires a young person to make a particular choice. Perhaps you'd rather explore the origins of the proverb: the person or event that inspired it. You might show a culture at a moment where they decide to continue following the wisdom of a particular proverb or to abandon it. Many are the proverbs and approaches that could offer inspiration for this challenge!

Challenges Revisited: A Gift of a Story

As the year draws to a close, many of our members have or are preparing to celebrate winter holidays of celebration and thanksgiving. 2007 is less than a month away, and we look back at another year of new experiences, new friends, and new stories. If you are at a loss for a new project for the month of December, then why not gift a story to a person who has helped and inspired you in the past year, based on his or her interests? Whether a beta-reader, reviewer, or just a good friend, drabbles, stories, and poems are a great way to show thanks and appreciation!

Quote of the Month

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”

― Langston Hughes

Want more challenges? Check out our complete challenge listing for more than three years' worth of challenges to inspire your writing!

Have an idea for a challenge? Some of our most popular challenges have been created by you, the members of SWG! If you have a plotbunny gnawing at your ankle, a favorite quote, or a favorite character that you think might inspire others as well, please send an email to moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org and we'll try to include your challenge in our next newsletter!


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Around the World and Web

Articles of Interest

Each month, the SWG newsletter features links to articles that our members might find interesting. Do you have something you'd like to suggest? An interesting essay or discussion going on in your journal or blog? Drop us a line at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org and we'll add your article, essay, or post to our next newsletter!

It should go without saying, but just in case it bears repeating, any opinions expressed in these links are not necessarily that of the SWG and its moderators.

"Titles and Forms of Address In JRR Tolkien's Legendarium" by Certh

Certh's research article provides an in-depth and exhaustively referenced look at how Tolkien uses various titles and forms of address through the legendarium. We all know what a king is. But why is Fingon referred to as a prince before his father becomes king? What about the various military ranks among the Dúnedain? Certh's article clarifies some of these more obscure uses.

"Women in Middle-earth, and How Bad Being One Would Be" by Barbara

This lengthy essay on Fandom Following provides a detailed analysis of the gender issues surrounding Tolkien's [infrequent] female characters and considers how sexist Middle-earth's various societies were. Barbara covers all of Tolkien's texts but, of The Silmarillion, concludes, "So The Silmarillion has roughly the same ratio of noteworthy men and women in it as The Lord of the Rings, but a much less positive score when it comes to how many of these women are actually personalities and agents in their own right, not walking stereotypes or passive rewards for the hero/tragedies to cry about." Ouch.

Some Thoughts on Elven Mental Processing" by an-animal-imagined-by-poe

Reblogged by Arda University, an-animal-imagined-by-poe's post about the Elven "mindspeak" (and the ensuing discussion) raises several interesting and important issues about this distinctive difference between Elves and mortals.

Tumblr Discussion: "On Valarin and the Creation of the Silmarils"

Inspired by a post by curufinwefeanaro, this discussion touches on many aspects of the Valarin language (with links to yet more discussions and references) and offers some intriguing thoughts, supported by evidence from the texts, about how Valarin might have functioned and influenced the Elves of Aman who were exposed to it.

"Look Who’s Tolkien Now: Does Conlang Have a Place in Modern Language?" A Podcast by Oxford University Press

"Conlang" is a shortened form of "constructed language." In this discussion, conlanger David Peterson, author Michael Adams, and Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary Edmund Weiner come together in a round-table discussion to answer questions about invented languages.

"Tolkien's English Mythology" by Roz Kaveney

In this article in the Times Literary Supplement, Kaveney briefly reviews five recent collections of Tolkien scholarship. Kaveney identifies many of the issues faced by Tolkien scholarship--the vastness and incompleteness of its materials, its struggle for respectability--and discusses long-contentious issues among Tolkien's fans and scholars, such as the inaccessibility of some of his characters and the gender issues surrounding characters like Eowyn.

"Forget Tolkien, the Scientific Tale of Real-Life “Hobbits” is Even More Complex" by Cathleen O'Grady

In 2004, scientists discovered a skeleton of a hominin species since dubbed "the hobbit." This article from Ars Technica reviews recent scientific findings about the real-life "hobbit" species. (Unfortunately, there seems to be no scientific evidence that they wore waistcoats or smoked pipeweed, but we can continue to hold out hope.)

Announcements

Legendarium Ladies April

Now in their third year, the Legendarium Ladies April challenge on Tumblr showcases Tolkien’ wonderful female characters and explores them and their stories through fanworks. This challenge is open to fanworks based on all of Tolkien's books. Throughout April, look for sets of three different prompts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tag your contributions and read others' work at the #legendarium ladies april tag. Check out the FAQ for more information. The first prompt set will be going online on April 2!

WIP Big Bang

The WIP Big Bang has "one goal in mind: to clean out your drafts folder." All you need is a story started with at least 500 words that you want to finish before July 10, 2016. The minimum word count is 7,500 words. See the FAQ and schedule for more information. Sign-ups close on April 3, 2016.

Not Prime Time 2016

Not Prime Time, a secret fiction exchange for medium-sized fandoms, will be running again in 2016. If you'd like to participate in this year's exchange, follow Not Prime Time's announcements on LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and Tumblr. This year's nominations will run April 5 through 15, 2016.

Conference: Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic

Held at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on September 23rd and 24th, 2016, Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic "will be an exploration of all aspects of fantasy, magic realism, fairy tales and folk tales, and in particular, their more arcane or enigmatic qualities and/or structures." They are currently seeking speakers on all topics related to fantasy literature (including, of course, Tolkien!) from all disciplinary approaches. A complete call for papers is not yet available, but watch this space for future updates and more information.

"J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker" at the Museum of Cannock Chase

Running until April 24, 2016, the "J.R.R Tolkien--Soldier and Myth Maker" exhibit at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England, "focuses on Tolkien’s time in Staffordshire during the First World War." Visit the exhibit's webpage for more information.

April Is Camp NaNoWriMo

Do you have a creative goal you'd like to meet this month? Have you wanted to do National Novel Writing Month but are turned off by the high word count? Camp NaNoWriMo, which runs this April, offers a low-key version of the renowned National Novel Writing Month that allows lower word-count goals and greater project flexibility.

Calls for Papers

"Shipping and Fandoms"

This project seeks chapter proposals up to 6,000 words in length on the fannish phenomenon of shipping. Chapters focused on issues and case studies are both eligible. Three-hundred-word proposals are due by April 15, 2016. See the full call for papers at the link above for contacts and more information.




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