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Newsletter: January 2016

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SWG News

Happy 2016 to Our Members and Friends!

The last year or so has been a tumultuous time in the Tolkien fan fiction community. We said goodbye to long-standing sites like the Henneth-Annûn Story Archive and Elf Fetish. Several other Tolkien-specific archives expressed uncertainty in the past year over the value of keeping their doors open (and thankfully chose to do so). We've watched as activity has shifted away from traditional havens for writers of fan fiction--including many of small, fan-run archives like ours--and towards newer sites and social media. When I wrote our first New Years message ten years ago, the SWG archive was in its planning phases, building an archive was a state-of-the-art undertaking, and most of our activity was centered on Yahoo! Groups. A lot has changed since then.

It is easy, here in the Silmarillion corner of the Tolkien fandom, to feel like the Elves watching the world change around us while trying to hold fast to what we have and love here. We don't experience the film-driven ups and downs of the wider Tolkien fandom, and making it through The Silmarillion with enough wits intact to want to write about it tends to generate a greater longevity than writers in other fandoms. As proof to that point, many of the members who joined us in our first year or two are with us still.

Here on the SWG, we've tried to carve out our own creative version of Lothlórien--and without recourse to Rings of Power! And through the hard work of our members and mods, I believe we are succeeding. This time a year ago, we were wrapping up our Silmarillion re-read, which remains an invaluable reference on our group. For the first time, we participated in the Organization for Transformative Works' International Fanworks Day, and the SWG was represented at two academic conferences, including a featured collection of writing by our members at the New York Tolkien Conference. I wrote about founding the SWG for the Signum University Eagle, and Elfscribe and Pandemonium had their work mentioned in USA Today. We continued to participate in annual events like B2MeM, International Poetry Month, and International Femslash Day. And our marvelous writers kept doing what they did best, and we surpassed the 2,000-story mark and then some: As of this writing, we have 2,239 stories in the archive. And, of course, we turned ten this year and celebrated in the only way we know how: by writing and by continuing to strengthen our community of Tolkien fans. It was a great year.

So, yes, we are holding strong here in the SWG. Ten years ago, my comoderators and I wanted to build a safe, friendly space for writers of all ability levels to share fiction based on The Silmarillion. We wanted to become a respected resource in the community. If I had been able to look ahead ten years from that moment, I would probably say we've achieved that. I know now that this is not something that is ever truly achieved but always ongoing. Without resorting to Rings of Power, keeping a site like ours active and relevant takes work, and we are thankful every day for the many members and friends of our group who make it not only possible but worthwhile and whose generosity with their creativity has kept us not only alive but thriving.

May 2016 be full of peace, love, joy, and creativity for all of you!

Dawn, Rhapsody, Russandol, Angelica, Elleth, and Tárion
the SWG moderator team

Plagiarists Among Us--Redux!

Another attempt at posting a plagiarized story to our archive was detected and quickly stamped out. We ask all you all that if you spot a story that looks familiar but isn't by the author you recall writing it, or notice some other suspicious event, contact the moderator team as soon as you can or use the Report This link found on the story to send a report to the mods.

Back to Middle-earth Month 2016

We are celebrating our tenth(!) edition of B2MeM, our yearly event to explore the wonders of J. R. R. Tolkien’s world, be creative and have fun. Soon there will be news about this year’s event. Watch this space or the B2MeM LiveJournal community to be sure you don’t miss it!

Welcome to Our New Members!

This month we welcome Fernstrike, Melkar, Schlamppi, nerdybirdy66, Classic, and Thomas Eli Coventry to the Silmarillion Writers' Guild.

We hope you enjoy reading the stories, poems, and reference material, and listening to the podcasts you can find in our site. If something moved you or gave you food for thought, write a review to let its author know. If you are a writer, we hope to see you posting soon.

What brought you to the Silmarillion fandom, and to the SWG? If you wish 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

Completed Works

And So Say The Laws by The Wavesinger [General] (1147 words)
Summary: Indis and Nerdanel wait for the return of the host of the Valar after the War of the Jewels, but when the people they hope for do not arrive, they turn to each other for comfort. Written for silmladylove's 2015 Tolkien Femslash Week on tumblr.

Deceitful blessing by Harnatano † [Adult] (5201 words)
Summary: Annatar being awful (how surprising) and playing a dangerous game with Tyelpe’s daddy issues.

He is my Sin by Sleepless_Malice [Adult] (4041 words)
Summary: Melkor and Manwë deflower Irmo's sacred sanctuary.

Let me ease thy sorrow by Sleepless_Malice [Adult] (4844 words)
Summary: After the Nirnaeth Arnoediad and Fingon's death Maedhros' depression gets worse over the following months until Maglor deems unusual measures necessary. (Based on the following plotbunny dialogue that hit me hard one night. "What did Findekáno do to lull you into slumber?" 'Nothing that is of your concern' [..] 'Pleasured me, with his mouth.' "Would you allow me to do the same?")

Lost Shadows by Silver Trails [General] (1571 words)
Summary: The aftermath of the second kinslaying

Spell of Winter by Sleepless_Malice [Teens] (3139 words)
Summary: With the first snow memories of how it once has been between them arise.

Strokes of Crimson by Sleepless_Malice † [Adult] (12796 words)
Summary: Annatar likes to paint, but not with ordinary artist's colors. His medium of choice is blood and other bodily fluids, using naked skin as canvas; and now, he is his own master and can do with his captives as he pleases. This is a sick and disturbing snippet of Celebrimbor's suffering in Annatar's hands shortly after his capture and before his death. Heed the warnings [blood, excessive violence, knife- and bloodplay, graphic description of torture, torture with chemicals] - this is no happy or fluffy fic (but includes an edit and a fanmix)

The gems of better things by Harnatano [General] (1010 words)
Summary: Maglor remembers his plays and the performances of his youth.

The Lords that Fell by Taylor17387 † [Adult] (140728 words)
Summary: Tells the story of the rise and fall of the two dark lords, from the collapse of the fortress in Tol-in-Gaurhoth, to the collapse of Barad-dûr, and what came next. Mainly told from Melkor and Sauron's perspective. Continuation of my other fic: "The Burnt God", though it may be read separately. Occasional slash (mainly Melkor x Sauron)

Too Strong a God by The Wavesinger [Teens] (3033 words)
Summary: Fingon and Maedhros' relationship through the ages, from the point of view of two outsiders (who may or may not have played a part in its trajectory). (For tolkiensecretartexchange on Tumblr's Silmarillion-themed Secret Santa)

Works in Progress

and one man, in his time, plays many parts by Duilwen [General]
Summary: Lake Mithrim, in five acts. Maglor-centric.
Chapter added this month: iv.

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.
Chapter added this month: The Hospices of the red edge.

Elvenking by Fernstrike [Teens]
Summary: From the days before the Ruin of Doriath, to the final death throes of the War of the Ring, Thranduil Oropherion was there. This is his story, from start to finish, from son to father, from husband to widower, from march-warden to King, and all the days, battles, joys and sorrows in between.
Chapters added this month: Looking Backward , Scenes from a Childhood in Doriath, Pt. 1, Scenes from a Childhood in Doriath, Pt. 2, Disquiet and Learning One's Limits.

Golden Days by Lyra [Teens]
Summary: Nerdanel recounts the development of her relationship with Fëanor - from the earliest days to the estrangement. Pride and Prejudice in Valinor, really, with perhaps a helping of Much Ado About Nothing.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 16 and Chapter 17.

Fragments of Fate and Fire ~ by Spiced Wine [Adult]
Summary: This will be a collection of fics and gapfillers within my Dark Prince/Arc of Fire 'verse. All will be Silmarillion-based, but not necessarily set during that time period.
Artwork added to the story: Edenel.

Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax by The Wavesinger [General]
Summary: (Also cabbages, and kings.) Ficlets which are, even by my standards, too short to stand alone (and aren't part of a series).
Chapter added this month: Until the End of Arda.

One Star in the Sky by VCalien2015 [Teens]
Summary: The Dagor Dagorath approaches, and nearly all of those slain in the wars of the past Ages have been reborn to prepare themselves for the Last Battle. Among them is Curufinwë Fëanáro, last to leave the Halls of Mandos and tasked with earning his redemption. Fëanáro and his kin begin together the days which will lead them to the End, the guilt of the past mingling with joy long-lost, recalling at last what it is to truly live.
Chapter added this month: Formenos - Part VI.

Such Great Deeds by Himring [Teens]
Summary: A friendship fic featuring Beleg and Fingon, from the Mereth Aderthad to the Dagor Nirnaeth Arnoediad. With various guest appearances and a great deal of conversation on a number of different subjects. Now added: three chapters set in Eithel Sirion (main section)
Chapters added this month: Chapter 2: Eithel Sirion (I), Chapter 3: Eithel Sirion (II) and Chapter 4: Eithel Sirion III.

The Last Temptation (Rewritten, Again) by Fireworks [Teens]
Summary: This story first appeared in The Silmarillion Writer's Guild's Akâllabeth in August. Summary, from the Akâllabeth in August page: Sauron has been taken prisoner by Pharazôn but nurtures an ever-growing influence. In the midst of a Númenor increasingly divided, a young Anárion works quietly after rebellion, discovering both love and betrayal in its midst.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

Two months by maeglin [General]
Summary: Short tales that should have remained untold.
Chapters added this month: Up a Tree and Andreth at Mid-Life.

Short Works

Reconciliation by Silver Trails [General] (460 words)
Summary: Finrod looks for Celegorm

The Last Meal by Silver Trails [General] (370 words)
Summary: The sons of Feanor share their last meal before leaving Lake Mithrim

Tol Eressëa by Silver Trails [General] (385 words)
Summary: Oropher wants his family to come to the Blessed Lands


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Character of the Month Biography

Rían

Robinka


Among the colossal variety of characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium, there are many whose sole recognition is based on somebody else’s merit, be it that of a sibling, child, or spouse. Of course, there are many of characters that have names to them, and with a name sort of comes a face, especially if we consider the imagination of fanfiction writers. But crowds upon crowds of characters do not even have names, and all we know about them is that they must have been – as if their only purpose was to be someone’s mother or father – after all, Tolkien did not have his characters multiply by gemmation. With the exception of the Valar...

However, having a name does not guarantee having a role in the legendarium, let alone being an important character. Representing that assemblage of characters, our heroine here today is Rían – the wife of Huor and the mother of Tuor as said in "The Index of Names" in The Silmarillion.1 The entirety of the three lines found there about Rían define her by her relationship with other people, listing her male relatives, including her father and his more famous uncle. It is also stated that she died of grief on the Haudh-en-Ndengin.2 Let us take a closer look at her.

The daughter of the House of Bëor

Rían was born in the year 450 of the First Age to the first of the Three Houses of the Edain – the House of Bëor.3 He father was Belegund son of Bregolas (the brother of Barahir, Beren’s father). Her mother must have existed, but we know nothing about her, even--as is often the case--her name. It is noteworthy that she was the daughter of the oldest and the smallest of those three houses that allied themselves to the Eldar since the beginning of their history. As if to keep the balance between those more and less significant characters in the legendarium, Rían was also the cousin of Morwen Eledhwen, Húrin’s wife and an important female character of the First Age,4 and closely related to Beren Erchamion.

There were fair-haired men and women among the Folk of Bëor, but most of them had brown hair (going usually with brown eyes), and many were less fair in skin, some indeed being swarthy. Men as tall as the Folk of Hador were rare among them, and most were broader and more heavy in build. In association with the Eldar, especially with the followers of King Finrod, they became as enhanced in arts and manners as the Folk of Hador, but if these surpassed them in swiftness of mind and body, in daring and noble generosity, the Folk of Bëor were more steadfast in endurance of hardship and sorrow, slow to tears or to laughter; their fortitude needed no hope to sustain it.5

The above characteristics bring to mind a bunch of grim men and women, among whom Rían may have seemed a sort of outsider.

By hard fate was she born into such days, for she was gentle of heart and loved neither hunting nor war. Her love was given to trees and to the flowers of the wild, and she was a singer and a maker of songs.6

And yet, this delicate woman who did not like war had been entangled into one since she was born. Whether she inherited her traits that were uncommon among Bëor’s folk from her mother, or whether she developed her dislike of brutal occupations from living in the times of the Dagor Bragollach, she must have endured enough to become fed up with violence.

Her father Belegund was Barahir’s nephew, and she dwelt with Barahir’s wife, Emeldir the Manhearted, in Dorthonion.7 Morgoth pursued Barahir’s folk to death, and so Emeldir decided to flee with those people who remained with her.

(...) Emeldir the Manhearted his wife (whose mind was rather to fight beside her son and her husband than to flee) gathered together all the women and children that were left, and gave arms to those that would bear them; and she led them into the mountains that lay behind, and so by perilous paths, until they came at last with loss and misery to Brethil. Some were there received among the Haladin, but some passed on over the mountains to Dor-lómin and the people of Galdor, Hador's son; and among those were Rían, daughter of Belegund, and Morwen, who was named Eledhwen, that is Elf-sheen, daughter of Baragund.8

Among the refugees was Rían, a six-year-old girl at that time. She came to live among the folk of Galdor, who was the father of her future husband, Huor.

A woman in love

At that time, Huor,9 a boy in his early teens, along with his older brother Húrin, lived as a foster-son of Haldir of the Haladin, their uncle, in Brethil. After many adventures, including raiding a host of Orcs out of the forest and a subsequent airway trip to Gondolin, he came back to Dór-lomin, where he might have met Rían.

We do not know any specific details of their relationship prior to their marriage and Huor’s departure to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. We can only infer how it developed. It is likely that, given her interests, Rían pursued a quieter occupation and did not care much for all that "warrior kind of stuff". And while Huor may have gone to many battles in Hithlum under his brother’s command, she was probably more inclined toward solitary strolls in the gardens, where she could think up songs.

Was it love at first sight or a slow courtship? We cannot be sure. Deep down in my sappy, romantic heart, I like to think that it was a kind of thunderstrike for Huor when he fell in love with her. And as for Rían – she was drawn to him like a moth to a flame, enchanted by his fiery spirit, open-heartedness, by his being easy-going and like an open book: what was on his mind or in his heart reflected in what he said and did. This is how I like to imagine him. Possibly, Rían reasoned with herself and, because of love, managed to overlook that Huor was a soldier and had been one since he was but a boy at his brother’s side. Perhaps it was not an easy task to trust him, and she had an internal dispute with herself. Maybe he won her over slowly, showing her that he was much more than only a brutal orc-slayer. After all, he had spent some time at the court of Turgon in Gondolin and that lesson probably paid off as far as his relationship with the gentle song-maker was concerned.

Desperate housewife

Rían wedded Huor in the first days of spring of the year 472 of the First Age.10

Two months only had she been wedded to Huor when he went with his brother to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and she never saw him again.11

Having no tidings of her husband’s fate, Rían fled into the wild. Distraught and mad with grief, she might have perished, but the Grey Elves of the Ered Wethrim aided her. She gave birth to a son, Tuor, before the end of the Year of Lamentation.

And Rían said to the Elves: "Let him be called Tuor, for that name his father chose, ere war came between us. And I beg of you to foster him, and to keep him hidden in your care; for I forebode that great good, for Elves and Men, shall come from him. But I must go in search of Huor, my lord."

Then the Elves pitied her; but one Annael, who alone of all that went to war from that people had returned from the Nirnaeth, said to her: "Alas, lady, it is known now that Huor fell at the side of Húrin his brother; and he lies, I deem, in the great hill of slain that the Orcs have raised upon the field of battle."12

Just as her husband foresaw the hope for both kindreds, Elves and Men, coming from his line and the heirs of Turgon, in the hour of his death, similarly Rían perceived that not all hope was lost yet, even though her life meant nothing to her from then on. She left the Elves’ dwelling and wandered to the plain of Anfauglith, where she laid herself upon the Hill of Slain and died.

So when there was no one to anchor Rían in her life any longer, Tuor alone seeming not enough to do so, our heroine passed away, having left an infant behind her. I would venture a comment that her recent labor, exhaustion, and fear likely brought on her demise. It seems that she was totally dependent on other characters, and when her family was torn apart ("... Morwen wife of Húrin abode in Hithlum, for she was with child," as stated in The Grey Annals13) there was no point in carrying on. Without her husband – her primary and most important definition and reason to live – Rían's life seemed to make no sense to her. Despite the hope she had foretold, she had no future.




Author's Note: Thank yous to Dawn for her help and beta-reading.




Works Cited

  1. The Silmarillion, "The Index of Names", p. 419.
  2. The Hill of Slain, located in the plain of Anfauglith, where, after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the bodies of the Elves and Men were piled.
  3. The War of the Jewels, The Grey Annals, p. 52.
  4. The Children of Húrin, "The Childhood of Túrin", p. 34.
  5. The Peoples of Middle Earth, Late Writings, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 308.
  6. The Children of Húrin, "The Childhood of Túrin", p. 34.
  7. In The Annals of Beleriand and Quenta Silmarillion found in Volume 5 of The History of Middle-earth, Rían and her mother lived in Hithlum and therefore did not have to escape from Dorthonion. The Grey Annals (HoMe 11) offer the story of Emeldir and the escape of the women and children from the highlands, and this was the version on which the published Silmarillion was based.
  8. The Silmarillion, "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin", pp. 180-181.
  9. For further details on Huor, see Huor's biography at the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild.
  10. In The Grey Annals, there are two dates of their wedding: year 471 F.A. and, in the next paragraph, 472 F.A. While the latter adds more heartache to their relationship, as Huor left for battle only two months after the wedding, notes on the Annals suggest that the 471 date was Tolkien's final revision.
  11. The Children of Húrin, "The Childhood of Túrin", p. 34.
  12. Unfinished Tales, Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin, p. 27.
  13. The War of the Jewels, The Grey Annals, p. 79.



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Current Challenge

Current Challenge: But I Won't Do That

I would do anything for love,
I'd run right into Hell and back
I would do anything for love
I'd never lie to you and that's a fact ...
And I would do anything for love, but I won't do that
-Meatloaf

We've all been in Meatloaf's shoes. We've all insisted that, no matter how ardently we feel about a person or passion, that we draw the line at doing that.

This month, we ask you to consider what "that" is for your character: the one thing that she or he refuses to do, no matter what. And what happens when she or he ends up having to do it anyway?

Your story can be serious, perhaps involving the many wars, kinslayings, and other tragic events of The Silmarillion. Or it can be humorous: What one commission would the young artisan Nerdanel refuse (and what happens when it is offered to her at a price she can't refuse?) Sauron is all about repentance until Eönwë suggests--what exactly?? The key is to put you character into a tough spot and see how he or she extricates himself--or doesn't!

Challenges Revisited: The Terrible Twos

SWG turned two at the end of July, so this challenge asks authors to consider the second year of a character's life. What happened in history that shaped their early childhood? What was their family life like? Were they indeed "terrible" as the old adage predicts? Whether fun or serious or somewhere in between, let's go back to this time of innocence and mischief in the lives of our favorite characters.

Quote of the Month

"Fan writing is a literature of reform, not of revolt."

- Henry Jenkins

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.

Praising or Burying Tolkien

In a continuing discussion around Tolkien Scholarship, Robin Anne Reid replies to Margaret Atwood lamenting the academic treatment of Tolkien since the publication of The Lord of the Rings, and assesses how much of scholarship is aimed at "burying" Tolkien's contributions to literature.

Can a Queer Feminist Enjoy Tolkien?

Thomas J. West expands on the question of whether there are sufficient touchpoints for queer (especially queer male) readers to enjoy Tolkien, and sheds light on his relation to some of Tolkien's famous relationships, feminism, and queer subtext. Read more on his blog.

Father Christmas Letters Mythgard Academy Discussion Now Available

Earlier this year, during the Halloween Extravaganza held as part of Signum University’s Annual Fundraising Campaign, Dr. Corey Olsen presented a live special single-session Mythgard Academy discussion on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas. That discussion is now available for those who were not able to attend live and those who want to revisit the discussion during this holiday week. Find the access links here.

Volume 12 of Tolkien Studies Published

Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review presents the growing body of critical commentary and scholarship on both J.R.R.Tolkien's voluminous fiction and his academic work in literary and linguistic fields. The founding editors are Douglas A. Anderson (The Annotated Hobbit), Michael D. C. Drout (Beowulf and the Critics), and Verlyn Flieger (Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World). Access the new issue here.

Silmarillion Series Petition

Boris Glidic outlines a proposition for for the making of The Silmarillion into a TV series in the vein of Game of Thrones, and has begun a petition to the Tolkien Estate in support of his idea. For fans who want to imaginatively produce such a series, here is a reminder of the ongoing Silmfilm project and podcast, from the folks who brought you Riddles in the Dark.

Biological Tolkien News

A newly-discovered Giant Stink Bug from New Guinea has been named after the greatest of Tolkien's dragons, Ancalagon the Black, following in the footsteps of another species named after Smaug. It also seems like Tolkien may have struck closer to the truth with Ents than he anticipated, as a type of Ecuadorian palm trees have been documented to be able to "walk" up to 20 meters per year.

Announcements

The Annual Tolkien Birthday Toast on January 3rd

To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfthty-fourth (124th) birthday on 3 January 2016, the Tolkien Society invites all Tolkien fans to raise a toast to the Professor at 9pm of their local time. The toast is simple: "The Professor!"

Registration open for Signum University Spring 2016 courses

Registration is now open for the Spring 2016 semester at Signum University. Starting the week of Jan. 11, 2016, they have four courses to choose from: The Inklings and Science Fiction, Language Invention Through Tolkien: Exploring a Shared “Secret Vice”, Modern Fantasy II and Elementary Latin I. Register for the courses here.

SilmRead on tumblr

A group of fans have gotten together on tumblr to (re)read The Silmarillion. Refer to the SilmRead tumblr for the schedule and additional information, and check the #silmread tag for individual responses to the chapters. Feel free to join in!

ChocolateBox Valentine's Exchange Has Opened Signups

ChocolateBox is a low-pressure multifandom fanfiction and fanart exchange to go live on Valentine's Day, with over a hundred Silmarillion nominations for you to request, offer and treat. Signups run until January 7th. Sign Up here.

The Rare Ship Swap Has Opened Nominations

An exchange for rare ships, Ship Swap has opened nominations. Find instructions for the 2016 round of nominations here.

2016 Round of Fandom Snowflake

The Fandom Snowflake Challenge is an annual event to highlight the best parts of Fandom and the people who make it that way. It's a celebration about you and me and her and him and ze and zhir and all the creative things we do, all the ways we touch each other and make a difference. Find more information at the 2016 Masterpost.

LotR Secret Santa and the MPTT Yule Fics Have Been Posted

With the conclusion of the Tolkien Fandom's annual Holiday Exchanges, stories from both LotR SeSa and the Yule Exchange have been posted and are available for you to read and review.

Calls for Papers

47th Annual Mythopoeic Conference: Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

Inspired by the 60th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces and The Last Battle, this year’s theme focuses on the mythology that has shaped and “given faces” to so many of our beloved characters, ranging from the myths of the Ancient Greeks to the legends of the Middle Ages and even to the modern mythology of the American Southwest. Similarly, this mythological influence is also evident in the works of many of our favorite mythopoeic authors, from J.R.R. Tolkien to J.K. Rowling, from Ursula K. Le Guin to Alan Garner, and many, many more. Find more information about paper requirements and deadlines here.




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