October's Challenges

The Nature of Fear

The month of October, for many, is a time for celebrating that which is supernatural, misunderstood, or fearful. In Tolkien's universe, people and places are often scary. From Ered Gorgoroth to characters like Sauron and Gothmog, there is plenty that is dark and spooky in Tolkien's world!

This month's challenge asks you to write a story that explores fear in some way. Whether you try to scare your readers with a horror story or show how a character perceives and reacts to fear, your goal is to gain a greater understanding of this powerful emotion through your writing.

Here are some examples of stories that might fit this challenge:

New Beginnings

Most of our members are welcoming the autumn season and preparing for the cold months ahead, and it is easy to forget that for a good part of the world--and several of our members--the spring is warming toward summer.

Whether you are feeling chilly at the thought of winter ahead or eagerly welcoming spring, this challenge asks you to write a story or poem celebrating new beginnings. Birth, marriage, first love, a journey to a new home, or the rebirth of hope following success in battle--all of these and more will satisfy this challenge!

The Quote of the Month Challenge

The Quote of the Month challenge asks you to write based on the themes and thoughts the quote inspires or about the event in which the quote occurred. You may write in any format--poem, story, essay, or drabble--with any characters, genre, or rating.

“But as the host of Fingolfin marched into Mithrim the Sun rose flaming in the West; and Fingolfin unfurled his blue and silver banners, and blew his horns, and flowers sprang beneath his marching feet, and the ages of the stars were ended.”
-The Silmarillion, “Of the Return of the Noldor”

Character of the Month: Daeron

A bard and loremaster of Doriath, Daeron is a fascinating character to explore in fiction. Whether pining for the unrequited love of Lúthien Tinúviel or constructing the Cirth alphabet, Daeron is a complex and interesting character and a favorite in fan fiction.

Similarly, Daeron's uncertain fate makes him a common subject of stories set in the future or speculating about his fate. How far into the future did he live? What historical events did he witness? Who did he meet that was important in the history of Middle-earth or our modern world today?

A scholar, a traitor, and a musician of exceptional talents, Daeron's complexity as a character and contributions to the history of Arda are honored in this month's Character of the Month.

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