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All Good Beasts

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They're tall, they're shaggy, they're grizzled; they're esteemed and battle-hardened members of Aragorn's elite ranger guard. Meet Lockjaw and Henbane, wolfhounds.

When the Battle of Dale hung balanced by a feather, Corbac son of Roäc tipped the scales. What vital piece of information did the canny young crow overhear?

The surveyors sent to Annuminas are in for a surprise: Evendim has a Watcher. But what sort of watcher would you find at the end of one of Ulmo's major arteries?

I started this challenge merely to help fend off a monster (literally) of a Beorn nuzgul that's been plaguing me, but the more I thought about the fauna of Middle-earth, the more I realized there's a ton of wonderful, underdeveloped material here. It's a vital part of Tolkien's mythos, and besides, it appeals to my sense of fun.

Give Beorn a wife, give Nargothrond a colony of bats, give Denethor a pet hamster named Thorongil. Give us the beasts!

Note: Fell beasts are also permitted. But the title was too cool to pass on...

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Dwimordene - Hamster, The
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Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
Poe pastiche silliness. Now representing the "All Good Beasts" nuzgul. Obsession and the care and dealing with hamsters collide—welcome to Denethor's world.
Raksha - Luck From The Ashes
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Last Updated: 17 Feb 07
In the autumn after Sauron's Fall, Aragorn and Faramir make an unexpected discovery in the rubble of the House of the Stewards...
Raksha - Birthday Kisses
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Last Updated: 20 Jul 06
It is Faramir's first birthday since his mother's death. Will he get what he wants the most? (with thanks to Branwyn for beta-ing)
Still Anonymous - Gift From Oromë, A
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Last Updated: 03 Mar 07
Everyone knows that before the First Kinslaying, the Valar-lord Oromë gave the third son of Feänor, Celegorm, the gift of Huan the Hound. But tales are changed with time, and if you asked Oromë himself, and Curufin, Feänor's fourth son, you might get a different story.

Finalist in the 2005 Mithril Awards for Best Humor and Semi-finalist for Best Characterisation - Tolkien Character.
Still Anonymous - Elf's Best Friend, An
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Last Updated: 18 Sep 05
A tale of Glorfindel, and his faithful steed Asfaloth. The meeting of elf-lord and elf-horse, or in other words, how Glorfindel chose Asfaloth for his mount, and Asfaloth stole Glorfindel's dagger and stuffed it down a rabbit hole. Semi-finalist at the 2004 Mithril Awards for Best Humor or Parody.
Still Anonymous - "They Are Called Man's Best Friend"
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Last Updated: 13 Jan 05
The regretful thoughts and reflections of Huan, the Hound of Valinor, as he died.
Still Anonymous - Flight to the Ford: Asfaloth's Tale
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Last Updated: 23 May 04
Glorfindel stays in Rivendell, Asfaloth loses a valuable heirloom of Elrond's house, Arwen rides Asfaloth, Asfaloth insults Fingolfin, and the Ringbearer is rescued. Oh, yes! And they're chased by Ringwraiths. Movie-verse, but part is taken from the books.
Werecat - Night Course in Pet Care
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Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
A story inspired from this tantalising question: were fell beasts house-trained? Set in Carn Dûm, it sheds light to an unknown side of the Witch-king and his, well, household.

Introducing Fuinraw, the Chieftain of the Cats of Angmar.

MEFAs 2005: Third Place, Humor/Animals

Mithrils 2005: Winner, Humor
Werecat - In Umbar, at the Docks
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Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
In Umbar, at the docks, looks can be deceiving. This is a tale of beggars, queens, and cats.

This story can be read as a sequel to Nine Lives but stands well on its own.

MEFAs 2005: First Place, Mystery

Mithrils 2005: Runner-up, Minor Character

Mithrils 2005: Winner, Best Short Story or Vignette
Werecat - Ailurophobia
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Last Updated: 27 Dec 05
Ailurophobia: "fear of felines". This story discusses the fate of one of Tolkien's abandoned characters from the Lost Tales - this of Tevildo, Prince of Cats. From a feline nazgul Vulgarweed tossed at me and could well be listed as "black humor".
Mithril Awards 2004 - COMMENDED /Finalist - Best Humor
2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner - Best Cat
MEFAs 2005: Second Place, Humor/Animals
Werecat - Nine Lives
General Audience
Last Updated: 16 Oct 05
Inspired from a passage in Tolkien's Unfinished Tales regarding the life of Queen Beruthiel and her ten cats. According to this passage, Beruthiel was like an evil witch and the cats were her minions. But we never really hear her side of the story. Recommended to all cat lovers.
Finalist at the 2004 Mithril Awards for:
-Best vignette
-Best characterisation – minor character -COMMENDED
-Best entry by author for whom English is not their first language
MEFAs 2005 - Second Place, Drama


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 07 Sep 05

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Created: February 14, 2004

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Entries: 12

Originator: Stultiloquentia

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