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Great Books of M-e

Challenge Details

Middle-earth had some literary cultures (Arnor, Gondor, the Noldorin kingdoms, post-Daeron Doriath, Númenor, the Shire, Erebor and Khazad-dûm). Sometimes, we do know the names of authors and/or works (Merry and his book on herbs, Barahir as the author of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, Pengolodh, Bilbo himself and Frodo) but otherwise, we don't have much by way of cultural landmarks other than wars or largely oral tradition poets.

So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make M-e some authors. What would they take as their inspiration? What would be their historical context? What would be their relation with the reigning authorities? What would be the issues of the day that drove them, irked them, intrigued them, etc?

Give the authors of Middle-earth a voice!

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Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

faramir_boromir - Who Will Care?
General Audience
Last Updated: 12 Sep 04
Faramir cleans up the Steward’s library, and wonders why he does so.
Regina - Upon An Ocean Blue
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 12

Here is the tale of Isengar Took, youngest child of the Old Took, who ran away from home to see the sea, only to discover worlds he never imagined--proud sailors, wild pirates, cruel desert chieftans, and a woman of the Big Folk he cannot forget . . .

Starlight - Strife
General Audience
Last Updated: 24 Mar 04
For the Great Books of M-e Challenge: How did authors in Numenor contribute to the resistance? How did they oppose the ruling authorities? (At the time, only a fragment of chapter I. More to come soon)
Thevina Finduilas - Speak, Friend, and Enter
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 12

A tale of Dwarves and Elves, of artisans, the creation of the great West-Gate at Khazad-dum, and unlikely authors. Both post-WR and Second Age; Legolas and Gimli, and Narvi and Celebrimbor. Written for the "Authors of Middle- Earth" challenge. Humor, but with a serious nod to Elvish/Dwarvish relations during their heyday as well as musings on Dwarvish culture in general.

Werecat - You Will See Them at Night
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
The tale of an orc bard. Seriously. Rated PG-13 for gore and violence, just to be safe.

2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner -Best Evil Character Trying to be Good

2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner -Best Characterisation (Improbable OC)

Mithrils 2005 - Finalist, Other Races
Mithrils 2005, Runner-up, Silmarillion


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 01 Feb 04
Entry Date: 03 Oct 03
Entry Date: 24 Mar 04

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Challenge Info

Open Date: September 29, 2003

Closed: August 05, 2004

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Entries: 8

Originator: Dwimordene

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