On 15 September 2017, The Silmarillion turns 40! We can't let this milestone anniversary pass without celebration, so we plan to send our beloved Silmarillion into its middle age by retelling it only as fanworks creators can: all the canonical angst, tragedy, and death seasoned with the fanons, pairings, and headcanons that the Tolkien fandom has to offer.
Beginning on September 15, we will post a fanwork per day for forty days, following the chronology of the book. If you would like to contribute a story, artwork, or other fanwork, see the Silmarillion 40 page on our site.
Song of Exile
Create a fanwork about exile or exiles. About being exiled. About the people who are exiled. About the decision to exile, the leavetaking, the consequences. About metaphorical or symbolic exile. (Want a prompt? Find one or suggest one on our Dreamwidth community.) Fanworks are due by September 10 to receive a stamp.
August 2017 Newsletter Our August newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Haldad by Oshun, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Haldad by Oshun. In a rare reversal of Tolkien's usual modus operandus, this month's character of the month is best known for his relationship to a famous... woman: Haleth. Read the biography of Haldad.
The Heretic Loremaster: Tolkien Fan Fiction Sources (Or, “The Silmarillion” as a Gateway Drug)
Dawn Felagund shares a further insight drawn from data from her Tolkien Fanfic Survey, this time about the sources used by authors in the Tolkien fandom. Read more at Dawn's Heretic Loremaster blog.
"The stories we love best": Slashing the canon by exploring gender, sexuality and identity
Members of online fan-communities are a highly diverse crowd of people. These people are brought together across age, nationalities, genders, sexualities and class because of a common interest in items of fiction. These communities thus become platforms where enormous amounts of information and knowledge is shared between the different members, creating outlets for marginalized groups and voices to be heard and recognized. It is on these online fan-communities that fanfiction is written, and more specifically, also slash-fiction. Slash-fiction are stories written by fans that portray homosexual relationships and sexual intimacies in works of fictional canon. This paper looks at three works of fictional canon that have all been made into slash-fiction – the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, and the Disney-movie Frozen.
Tolkien artist Alan Lee speaks about his inspiration for his vision of the fictional realms of Tolkien's work, and in particular, for the illustrations he produced for Beren and Luthien. Read more here.
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