Newsletter: September 2011

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Season of Writing Dangerously

So summer--or winter depending on the hemisphere you’re in--is drawing to a close, and the Season of Writing Dangerously is entering into its last phase: We hope all participants have all been very productive and have been able to accomplish what they wanted! We look forward to seeing some of the productions.

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Akallbêth in August Errata

On last month's list of Second Age stories, we inadvertantly left off two stories by Keiliss, Burning Bright and A Plain, Simple Love Story. Apologies to Kei--we hope many of you will check out her fantastic stories!

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New at the Archive

Completed Works

Ambarussa by Silver Trails [Adult] (27407 words)
Summary: Did Amras really die when Fëanor and his sons burned the ships in Losgar?.

Embers by Independence1776 [Teens] (3694 words)
Summary: Maglor's journey through the Ages. Linked ficlets leading directly into Rise Again From Ashes.

I'll never pause again, never stand still by Agelast [Teens] (1014 words)
Summary: Written for Porn Battle XII, for the irresistable prompt of Caranthir/Angrod, slander.

Mid-Summer Celebration at Angband by Erulisse [Teens] (1459 words)
Summary: What kind of celebration would occur at Angband for Mid-Summer’s Day? Elves don’t have the corner on how to party – orcs can party hardy too. Here is how a massive party might have commenced under Morgoth’s rule.

The House that Fingon Built by Himring [Teens] (5153 words)
Summary: Some time about the end of the Fourth Age, Fingon leaves Mandos, returns to Tirion and learns of the Second and Third Kinslayings and Maedhros's suicide. He finds a way of dealing with it.

View From the Top by Himring [Teens](1582 words)
Summary: In the halcyon days of Dor-lomin before the Evil Breath, Maedhros and Fingon go for a walk together in the mountains.

Works in Progress

Chasing Mirages by Russandol [Adult] †
Summary: A 'what if' tale of darkness, light, love and betrayal over the Ages of Eä.
Chapter added this month: Lindon.

Elegy for Númenor - Volume 1: Journey to Umbar by elfscribe [Adult] †
Summary: Chronicles the last days of Númenor from the time Sauron "surrenders" to Ar-Pharazôn to the fall of the empire. Love, lust, greed, betrayal, fate, and heroism all combine into an epic story with many characters.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 27 - The Dragon with the Ruby Eyes and Chapter 28 - Unbridled Hearts.

Evelyn: The First Age and Valinor by Caunedhiel [Adult]
Summary: ‘I had a normal life once...’ At the beginning of the First Age the Elves of Beleriand rejoiced; Kin long sundered returned home. Yet all was not as it seemed. The real reasons for the return of the Noldor were kept hidden among themselves. The Enemy, known among the returning elves as Morgoth stirred in the iron hell of Angband. Wars were fought and lost. Many Kingdoms were founded; some rose to glory, though in the end all fell in blood and fire. Thrown into the chaos of Arda Marred, Evelyn must adapt to a world not her own. Arda is a dangerous place in which to be vulnerable.
Chapter added this month: 4. Understanding is futile .

Full of Wisdom and Perfect in Beauty by Gadira † [Adult]
Summary: The History of the Downfall, from Ar-Sakalthôr´s accession to Ar-Pharazôn´s Armada. Long saga. (Rating for possible future transgressions).
Chapter added this month: Eroding Waters.

In Darkness Bound by Fiondil [Teens]
Summary: In the aftermath of the Darkening, three kings search for meaning in the midst of tragedy. One seeks absolution; another, vengeance, while the third merely endeavors to salvage what he can from the disaster and protect his people from future harm. All may find what they are looking for, though not necessarily in the way they expect, for, as always, the Valar have their own agenda. 
Chapters added this month: Chapter 96: Ingalaurë Takes Command, Chapter 97: Who Watches the Watcher?, Chapter 98: Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chapter 99: Allies Unlooked-for, Chapter 100: On to Eldamas, Chapter 101: The Lindaran in Valmar, Chapter 102: An Audience with Lord Manwë, Chapter 103: The Making of the Great Lights and Other Matters and Chapter 104: Waiting Game.

Postcards from Arda by Elleth [General] (5817 words) Incomplete
Summary: A set of ficlets for B2MeM 2011.
Chapter added this month: Cartography

Spectrums by wind rider [General]
Summary: Trying to answer my own set of challenges; "100 Prompts." A collection of drabbles (from true drabbles to triple drabbles, according to MS Word) spanning the Beginning to the First Age, told through various scenes, in the point of viewof various characters – Elves, Men, Ainur, Dwarves, Ents, animals, and even orcs; not chronologically. Ratings may vary. Enjoy!
Chapters added this month: 2. Pet, 3. Transportation, 4. Plants and 5. Threats.

THE GREAT TALES OF BELERIAND vol 2 by Chilled in Hithlum [General]
Summary: I had some difficulty deciding where to end the first volume, but I had as a jumping off point the sojourn of Hurin and Huor in Gondolin and the knowledge that they acquired there regarding the lore of the Eldar. This presents an opporturnity to delve into the past, as it where, and look deeper at some of the main protagonists in the form of back-story. Although it is not my intention to completely slow down this tale with a SHADOW OF THE PAST volume and I still don't quite know yet how I can contrive this to the reader's and my own satisfaction. However, the main thrust of this volume that is set 'in the present' will follow the arc of Hurin coming into his inheritance as Lord of Dor-Lomin and other events beside (eg. The Fall of Barahir.)
Chapter added this month: Chapter 7.

The Singer's Girl by Lady MSM [Teens]
Summary: Andril didn't mean to get involved in all this, really. Is it her fault that an exiled prince and his family are living two miles away from her village? And is it her fault she's got a weakness for talkative, musical boys? A sort of romantic dramedy..
Chapters added this month: Chapter 12, Chapter 13 and Chapter 14.

Veils by wind rider [Teens]
Summary: A Ñoldorin youth from the recently-sacked Eregion, reared to fear and loathe the Valar and Maiar and look down upon people other than Ñoldor, finds himself injured and under the mercy of the very peoples he despises and looks down upon. How will he survive? Until when? But perhaps, a miracle might happen…?
Chapters added this month: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.

Short Works

A Disgustingly Adorable Interlude in An Otherwise Perfectly Sad Piece of Silmarillion Fanfiction by Agelast [General] (421 words)
Summary: What it says on the tin. Also, some thought is given to tax policy.

Cause and Effect by Erulisse [General] (101 words)
Summary: After the destruction of the stable, the Lord demands an answer… A response to the prompt: A Comedy of Errors.

I was like smoke without the fire by Agelast [General] (762 words)
Summary: Maedhros stands aside at Losgar. As such actions go, it's remarkably inadequate.

Into Water by avi17 [Teens] (637 words)
Summary: “...and so perished the lord of the Fountain after fiery battle in cool waters.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin. The death of Ecthelion.

Loss by avi17 [Teens] (429 words)
Summary: Pair of vignettes (each 200-250 words). The thoughts of two of the House of Finwe immediately after the deaths of their eldest and only remaining brothers.

Questioning the Oath by Erulisse [General](105 words)
Summary: On the eve of leaving Tirion for Alqualondë and Middle-earth, Fëanáro anguishes over his Oath and his choice.

Something Un-Feanorian by Himring [Teens] (814 words)
Summary: Elrond has a posthumous conversation with Maedhros at the time of the Fall of Eregion.

The End of the Dream by Erulisse [Teens] (108 words)
Summary: As Sirion is sacked, Elwing must make a decision about her children and her own life. A response to the general prompt of Midsummer Night's Dream in drabble form.

The Passing of the Storm by Erulisse [General] (109 words)
Summary: In response to the prompt “The Tempest”, a unique look at the closing events of the Years of the Trees.

Under Stars by Idle Leaves [Adult] (746 words)
Summary: Sparring (and more) under stars.

Library of Tirion

A Day in the Life of a Retired Kinslayer by Lipstick [Adult] (3070 words)
Summary: This happened shortly after the move to the coast...
First published: March 27, 2004.

Father-Names by Finch [General] (3589 words)
Summary: Maglor, rembembering the fate of Dior's sons, sets out to search for the sons of Elwing after the attack on the Havens of Sirion..
First published: June 23, 2002.

Oak and Willow by Marnie [General] (49270 words)
Summary: The story of Celeborn and Galadriel, with a difference - this time it's from the Sindar POV..
First published: March 28, 2003.

The Guardian of the Walls by Deborah Judge [Adult] ( words)
Summary: On the failed romance of Aredhel and Celegorm..
First published: January 12, 2003.

The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie [General] (3151 words)
Summary: After Gil-Galad's death, Elrond and Celeborn talk power, allegiances and rings.

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Character of the Month Biography



Ecthelion of the Fountain is an Elf lord of one of the noble houses of Gondolin. A succinct description of him is provided in the following footnote in Unfinished Tales:

Ecthelion of the Fountain is mentioned in The Silmarillion as one of Turgon's captains who guarded the flanks of the host of Gondolin in their retreat down Sirion from the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and as the slayer of Gothmog Lord of Balrogs, by whom he himself was slain, in the assault on the city. (1)

Given that the story of rise and fall of Gondolin is one of the first tales of Tolkien’s invented universe, Ecthelion, as one of the Hidden City’s stellar inhabitants, dates back to the earliest texts as well. Tolkien claims in a letter written in 1955, that “. . . the first real story of this imaginary world almost fully formed as it now appears was written in prose during sick-leave at the end of 1916: The Fall of Gondolin, which I had the cheek to read to the Exeter College Essay Club in 1918” (2). The editors assert in a footnote to that same letter that “’The Fall of Gondolin' was in fact read to the Exeter College Essay Club not in 1918 but in 1920, as is recorded in the club's minute book” (3).

No account exists of the earlier history of Ecthelion, especially nothing of his life in Aman before the flight of the Noldor. The common and logical presumption is that he followed Fingolfin and/or Turgon from Tirion, crossing the Grinding Ice with them. Our first introduction to Ecthelion is within the walls of the Hidden City of Gondolin. We know that the Noldor who accompany Turgon to Nevrast, also make up a large part of the population of the city of Gondolin. When Turgon’s faction moves onto Gondolin, a significant number of Sindar may be found among its settlers.

Tolkien describes Turgon’s original realm as, “West of Dor-lómin, beyond the Echoing Mountains, which south of the Firth of Drengist marched inland, lay Nevrast, that signifies the Hither Shore in the Sindarin tongue” (4). After more than 100 years at Nevrast, a populated region of Beleriand even before Turgon built his city there, a mixed population of Noldor and Sindar begins the trek to Gondolin (5).

Although we know the Sindarin population is substantial, there is nothing to indicate that the named lords of Gondolin are anything other than Noldor. (The exception, of course, is Tuor the mortal who marries Idril the Princess of Gondolin.) Tolkien describes Ecthelion as first seen through the eyes of Tuor to be one of the great lords of his people. When Voronwë and Tuor reach Gondolin, the guardians of the city spot them.

Straightway there issued riders from the towers, but before those of the north tower came one upon a white horse; and he dismounted and strode towards them. And high and noble as was Elemmakil, greater and more lordly was Ecthelion, Lord of the Fountains, at that time Warden of the Great Gate. All in silver was he clad, and upon his shining helm there was set a spike of steel pointed with a diamond; and as his esquire took his shield it shimmered as if it were bedewed with drops of rain, that were indeed a thousand studs of crystal. (6)

Interestingly, the relatively small role that Ecthelion is assigned in Tuor’s story is a key one.

Then Ecthelion turned to Tuor, but he drew his cloak about him and stood silent, facing him; and it seemed to Voronwë that a mist mantled Tuor and his stature was increased, so that the peak of his high hood over-topped the helm of the Elf-lord, as it were the crest of a grey sea-wave riding to the land. But Ecthelion bent his bright glance upon Tuor, and after a silence he spoke gravely, saying: "You have come to the Last Gate. Know then that no stranger who passes it shall ever go out again, save by the door of death." (7)

The implication is that some supernatural effect cast over Tuor permits Ecthelion, as well as Voronwë, to see something remarkable in the destiny of this young Mortal. As the person who takes it upon himself to allow Tuor entry into the guarded city of Gondolin, Ecthelion sets in motion the entire process which will enable the birth of Eärendil and eventually guarantee the survival of the Eldar in Middle-earth into the following Age and beyond.

The silver- and diamond-bedecked Ecthelion certainly sounds from the descriptions like a stereotypical Noldo. However, there are readers who enjoy speculating that Ecthelion, recognized as a musician, might have familial connections to the Teleri, who are known to be the most musical of the Eldar. It is unlikely after Alqualondë that many of the Teleri would choose to follow the Noldor to Middle-earth. It is not impossible that the offspring of intermarriage between a Teler and a Noldo or the spouse of a Noldo could decide to make the trek. One thing we do know for certain about the Eldar of Aman is that intermarriage among the disparate ethnicities was not unknown. The great Finwë, first King of the Noldor, himself married a Vanya. Finarfin, the younger of his sons by Indis, married a princess of the Teleri. And Turgon was accompanied from Valinor by his Vanyarin wife, Elenwë, who perished on the Helcaraxë. One cannot say it is impossible that Ecthelion’s musical talent is rooted in a connection to the Teleri, but neither is there anything in canon to support such a concept. On the other hand, Maglor "the Mighty Singer" of his generation in Aman proves that, although the Teleri are renowned for their musicality, the gift is not limited to their people.

We do know through reading the story of Gondolin that Ecthelion is one of the respected leaders of the city-state. He is named as the Lord of the House of the Fountain. He also serves as the Warden of the Gates of the City and is a warrior and co-captain of Turgon’s military forces along with Glorfindel. The convention of linking the “golden Glorfindel and Ecthelion of the voice of music” (8) persists in the texts from the earliest through the published Silmarillion.

One of the least heroic episodes in the life of Ecthelion is the incident where he loses the headstrong younger sister of his king in the wilderness. Some two hundred years after the creation of Gondolin, Aredhel the White Lady of the Noldor could no longer tolerate the isolation and sought to visit her brother Fingon. Unable to dissuade her, Turgon reluctantly provided her with an escort. The members of said security contingent are not identified in the published Silmarillion, but in The War of Jewels Christopher Tolkien asserts that his father had penciled in the names of Glorfindel, Egalmoth, and Ecthelion as Aredhel’s protectors. She manages to throw them off in the region of Nan Dungortheb (which translates as the Valley of Dreadful Death, a known haunt of Ungoliant’s children). Her companions are forced to return to Gondolin and report her missing. Eventually she does turn up again, with a grown son and trailed by a hostile husband (9).

Battle of Unnumbered Tears

One the most memorable and significant of the events in the history of Ecthelion is that he, along with Glorfindel, served as one of the co-captains of the host which Turgon brought from Gondolin to assist the army of King Fingon at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. The famous Fifth Battle of Beleriand was the largest and the most tragic of all of the battles led by the Noldor against Morgoth. As Fingon the Valiant awaited the delayed arrival of Maedhros leading the followers and allies of the Fëanorians, he had begun to grown anxious.

In the morning came hope, when the horns of Turgon were heard as he marched up with the main host of Gondolin; for they had been stationed southward guarding the Pass of Sirion, and Turgon restrained most of his people from the rash onslaught. Now he hastened to the aid of his brother; and the Gondolindrim were strong and clad in mail, and their ranks shone like a river of steel in the sun. (10)

Despite the arrival of an unexpected force of 10,000 from Gondolin and the impressive coming together of Elves, Men and Dwarves, the betrayal of a wing of Maedhros’s host tragically weakens the strategic alliance of the forces of light. The tide turns in favor of Morgoth with the intervention of Fire Drakes and Balrogs. King Fingon is killed and the allies are defeated. With Huor’s forces guarding the retreat of Turgon, the King charges Ecthelion and Glorfindel with holding his host together during the withdrawal.

Then Turgon took the counsel of Húrin and Huor, and summoning all that remained of the host of Gondolin and such of Fingon's people as could be gathered he retreated towards the Pass of Sirion; and his captains Ecthelion and Glorfindel guarded the flanks to right and left, so that none of the enemy should pass them by. (11)

The Role of Ecthelion in the Final Defense of Gondolin

After Turgon’s host returns to Gondolin, the King intensifies the isolation of the city and turns his back upon all outside strife. He realizes, as must his lords, that their time is limited. The poignancy of the battle which marks the fall of Gondolin lies not in the surprise at finally being discovered. Turgon admits at his retreat from the fields of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad that he expects his city will be exposed.

But Turgon answered: 'Not long now can Gondolin be hidden; and being discovered it must fall.'

Then Huor spoke and said: 'Yet if it stands but a little while, then out of your house shall come the hope of Elves and Men. This I say to you, lord, with the eyes of death: though we part here forever, and I shall not look on your white walls again, from you and from me a new star shall arise. Farewell!' (12)

The reader has been forewarned throughout all of the stories of Gondolin, from the first mention to the final published version of Quenta Silmarillion, that this city is doomed to be ephemeral in character. Turgon ignores warnings of its demise. One has also learned by this point in the reading of the history of the Noldor in the First Age as summarized in The Silmarillion that the so-called curse of Mandos is no idle threat. One by one, the rebel lords of the Noldor have been picked off and eliminated. The Valar may aid them in subsidiary ways: for example, in the form of the various interventions of Manwë’s eagles, along with visions granted and advice given by Ulmo.

However, no major undertaking involving any of the lords of the Noldor will be allowed to triumph until after Eärendil the Mariner goes to Aman to intercede for the peoples of Middle-earth and the Valar finally put aside their retaliatory stance toward the rebellious Noldor and intervene against the dark Vala Morgoth in defense of the Eldar, Dwarves and Men of Middle-earth.

The destiny of Gondolin, and by extension Ecthelion, is to nurture and insure the survival of Eärendil. Unfortunately for Ecthelion and his brave flute-toting warriors, the doom of the fool’s paradise created by Turgon is a cautionary tale tied into the tragedy of the Noldor. Turgon’s attempts to protect those who remain loyal to him by means of seclusion and isolationism can be no more successful than are the aggressive assaults against Morgoth and his dark forces by his father or older brother. The tragedy of the fall of Gondolin is further enhanced and made more heartbreaking by the time and circumstances of the assault by Morgoth’s underlings.

The host of Morgoth came over the northern hills where the height was greatest and the watch least vigilant, and it came at night upon a time of festival, when all the people of Gondolin were upon the walls to await the rising sun, and sing their songs at its uplifting; for the morrow was the great feast that they named the Gates of Summer. But the red light mounted the hills in the north and not in the east; and there was no stay in the advance of the foe until they were beneath the very walls of Gondolin, and the city was beleaguered without hope. (13)

Even more beautiful and poetic in tone than the entry of Turgon’s troops into the fray at the Battle of Unnumbered Tears is the description of the warriors of Ecthelion’s house stepping forward to confront Morgoth’s minions within the walls of Gondolin. According to the version in The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, King Turgon held back the troops led by the Lord of the House of Fountain to act as a final line of defense within the city center.

But even as their messengers were sped they heard a sweet music that was played amid the host of the Gondothlim and they feared what it might mean; and lo! there came Ecthelion and the people of the Fountain . . . . Now marched these folk to a great playing of their flutes, and the crystal and silver of their array was most lovely to see amid the red light of the fires and the blackness of the ruins.

Then on a sudden their music ceased and Ecthelion of the fair voice shouted for the drawing of swords, and before the Orcs might foresee his onslaught the flashing of those pale blades was amongst them. 'Tis said that Ecthelion's folk there slew more of the goblins than fell ever in all the battles of the Eldalië with that race, and that his name is a terror among them to this latest day, and a warcry to the Eldar. (14)

Ecthelion comes down to us as one of a few heroes, including Fingon and Glorfindel, among the incomparably valiant warriors of the First Age Noldor who grapple face-to-face with a Balrog. He loses his life defending his city, but not before he defends a wounded Tuor and deals the killing blow to Gothmog, the Lord of Balrogs.

Then leapt Ecthelion lord of the Fountain, fairest of the Noldoli, full at Gothmog even as he raised his whip, and his helm that had a spike upon it he drave into that evil breast, and he twined his legs about his foeman's thighs; and the Balrog yelled and fell forward; but those two dropped into the basin of the king's fountain which was very deep. There found that creature his bane; and Ecthelion sank steel-laden into the depths, and so perished the lord of the Fountain after fiery battle in cool waters. (15)

Sadder still is the last mention of Ecthelion, but one of many fair lords of the Noldor slain fighting the forces of darkness in the First Age of Middle-earth, which is attributed to tiny Eärendil in The Book of Lost Tales:

Then said he to his mother: "Mother Idril, I would we had a good Ecthelion of the Fountain here to play to me on his flute, or make me willow whistles!” But Idril said nay, and told what she had heard of his end. Then said Eärendil that he cared not ever to see the streets of Gondolin again, and he wept bitterly; but Tuor said that he would not again see those streets, “for Gondolin is no more.” (16)

Works Cited

  1. Unfinished Tales, Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin.
  2. Humphrey Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien, eds., The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter to W.H. Auden, 157.
  3. Ibid.
  4. The Silmarillion, "The Realms of Beleriand."
  5. Unfinished Tales, Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin.
  6. The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, The Fall of Gondolin.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. The War of the Jewels, Vol. 11 History of Middle-earth, Maeglin.
  10. The Silmarillion, "Of the Fifth Battle Nirnaeth Arnoediad."
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. The Silmarillion, "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin."
  14. The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, The Fall of Gondolin.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.

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Current Challenge

The Exchange Student

If someone from our time were to be an exchange student somewhere in Middle-earth during the First Age, what would they learn and what would others learn from them? Or what if a student from some race, grouping or clan were sent to a different one for a cultural exchange? Would the student have ideas about what to expect that ended up differently? Would there be any cultural misunderstandings? Also, would the experience be different depending on who the student was because of their gender, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, personality, etc?

Create a piece written from the exchange student's perspective. The person in question doesn't necessarily have to come from our time, but it could also be a Belegost dwarf sent to Lake Helevorn to learn more about Noldorin traditions, or a Numenorean scholar spending time at the court of Gil-Galad in Lindon, to learn more about Elven cultures.

This challenge has been suggested by Daewen. Thank you Daewen!

Challenges Revisited: A Lesson Learned

This month, as students in many parts of the world head back to class, shops advertise their back-to-school sales, and many new university students (and their parents!) adjust to their new lifestyle, education is on the forefront of the minds of many! In keeping with this idea, this month's challenge deals with lessons learned.

Write a story, drabble, or poem that features a character learning something new. The character could learn something very tangible--like forging, the alphabet, or how to tie his or her shoes--or a "life lesson": the meaning of love, friendship, betrayal, or any number of others.

Some writers might find it interesting to explore what sorts of education systems--if any--existed in the different cultures of Middle-earth. Many times, Silmarillion-based stories features apprentices or formal schooling. Do you think that this is probable for a specific culture? Other authors might enjoy imagining how different cultures and races interacted and subsequently learned from each other. Were the Edain literate before they met the Elves? What did the Elves teach them of art and war? What might Eöl, Maeglin, and the Gwaith-i-Mirdain have learned from the Dwarves and vice versa? Or what did the Valar teach the Elves when they first arrived in Aman?

Quote of the Month

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
- James Allen

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 and we'll try to include your challenge in our next newsletter!

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The Inklings' Podcast

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Of Elves and Men Big Bang Challenge Update

The archive Of Elves and Men is hosting a multifandom Big Bang challenge. Stories based on The Silmarillion are welcome. Sign-ups for writers ended on August 31, but the moderators are still looking for betas and artists for several fandoms.

Official beta sign-ups will begin in October, but if you want to help out as a beta, please let the moderators know at the beta thread at the OEAM Big Bang community. If you are an artist and would like to illustrate a story, please visit the art sign ups on the OEAM Big Bang community and do not forget to join the community!

LotR Genfic Community: September Challenge--Hit the Books

The September Challenge will have the theme "Hit the Books"; the theme is "reading", and the prompt will be the title of a well-known book, which authors will also use as the title of their own story. Please see this post for more information on how to sign up.

Teitho: September Challenge--Colours of Middle-earth

"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."
- J.R.R. Tolkien

The fields are turning gold with corn, and meadows are colourful with flowers. Soon the trees will turn their leaves gold and red and brown as well, so what would be a better theme for September than the Colours of Middle-earth?

The deadline for this challenge is September 25th. The Teitho website has more information.

A Long Expected Contest (ALEC): September Challenge--Harvest Home

September's challenge theme is Harvest Home. The lazy or busy days of summer are done, and the time is come to harvest the pay-off for labors accomplished. This month's challenge deals with reaping what has been sown as things wind down. In what manner does Middle-earth celebrate or accomplish the harvest of the fruits of labors past, and what is the bounty or lack that results? What new challenges arise from the harvest? Entries are due September 25. Please see the ALEC website for more information.

Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards

The MEFAs are underway! We'd like to congratulate all the authors whose stories have been nominated. From August 7th to December 31st members will be able to review stories and their reviews will be visible on the website. See the MEFA website to vote for your favorite stories and find more information on how to get involved.

September 6 is the deadline to set a review goal, if you plan to participate in the Commended Reviewer program this year. Set a review goal on the MEFA Account Information page.

Arda Reconstructed Available in Paperback!

Douglas Charles Kane's book Arda Reconstructed is now available in paperback! In this book, Kane looks at how Christopher Tolkien used his father's drafts and notes to construct the published Silmarillion: what went in, what was left out, and what was invented entirely.

New Tolkien Archive: Faerie

Check out the new Tolkien archive Faerie, which welcomes all genres, ratings, and pairings of stories, poetry, and non-fiction related to the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien!

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