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Harvest Home Onlist Challenge

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Brought to you by Marta and Nessimë:

"Our harvest being gotten in, our Govenour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a more speciall manner reioyce together…"[sic]*

*from a letter by Edward Winslow describing the first Thanksgiving feast, excerpted from "Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth," published in England 1622 *(please note: the spelling is Winslow's, not mine :-p ).

It's November, and here in the northern hemisphere the harvest is in. In America that means Thanksgiving is not far away. Recent discussions about "corn" and "maize" have called to mind that first harvest at Plymouth. Their numbers decimated by disease and privation, these strangers in a strange land were grateful for the native corn that had flourished when their own grain harvest had failed to produce a good crop. There was ample game available for hunting, and the waters, both fresh and salt, held an abundance of fish – riches, indeed. Therefore, they determined to celebrate that first harvest, and invited their friends and neighbors, the Wampanoags, to the festivities, which lasted for three days.

As it was for the Pilgrims, so too were there many instances of suffering and privation in M-e in the aftermath of the War of the Ring. From the devastation that occurred in Rohan and Gondor, to the wanton destruction of the Shire by Sharky's thugs, to the assaults on Dale and on Thranduil's Mirkwood realm, there was much that was lost. Great tracts of farmland had been overrun; crops had been burned, livestock slaughtered. Many men, elves and dwarves had lost their lives fighting the enemy, leaving the women, the young and the old to rebuild, replant, and carry on. How did the peoples of these lands respond? Your challenge is to pick one of the peoples of M-e who had suffered such losses as a result of the War of the Ring, and write about their first harvest season.

For our members who live in the southern hemisphere – that means those of you in the land of Oz ;-) – it is spring that is in the air. The fields are ready for planting; farmers are looking forward to the next harvest. If you prefer to keep things seasonal, you may opt to write about the challenges these people faced in preparing for that first planting. With so many men gone, how did the women and children cope? How did the old folks help out?

The word limit is 1500, be it prose or poetry.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Elvenesse - We Who Remain
General Audience
Last Updated: 23 Mar 04
A quick vignette on a young girl of Rohan as she returns home at the end of the war. Written a while ago for the Harvest Home Onlist Challenge.
JunoMagic - Planting a Garden and Watching it Grow
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 05 Jan 06
A few of my Hobbit drabbles that fit the "Harvest Home" nuzgûl.
Nessime - As the Magnet Finds Iron
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 18 Aug 05
Amid the losses of war, where does one find joy? A brief glimpse through the eyes of a Westfold woman. *Originally written for the 2003 Harvest Home Onlist Challenge. (A/N: the rating is for non-explicit adult themes)
Princess of Dol Amroth - To Remember
General Audience
Last Updated: 29 Nov 03
A young girl in Rohan reflects on war, and the sacrifices of others. Set during the first harvest after the War of the Ring.
Regina - Perfect Pie, A
General Audience
Last Updated: 22 Nov 03
Faramir decides to stage a Shire-like celebration in honour of Ithilien's harvest, and Eowyn enters into the spirit of the occasion by baking her first pie.

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Challenge Info

Open Date: November 03, 2003

Closed: December 31, 2005

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Entries: 6

Originator: Nessime

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