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Winter Solstice Celebrations

Challenge Details

Well, the holiday season fast approaches, and people in Northern climates start thinking about celebrations.

JRRT mentions Yule as a celebration observed in the Shire and in Bree. What celebrations might have been held by the various peoples in the northern parts of Middle-earth to celebrate the longest night of the year, and the turn back towards Spring?

The Challenge is to write a story on what celebrations might happen in Laketown, Erebor, Rivendell, among the Dúnedain, the Púkle-men, the Beornings, and so on. Would the Ents notice this turn of the seasons? The Elves? What of the Stoors who remain in the Vales of Anduin? And, of course, what specifically might happen in the Shire or in Bree? We know they celebrated, but not how.

The story may be of any length, from a vignette to a multi-chapter, but must deal with some type of winter solstice or Yule time celebration.

The Challenge is open for three months from the beginning of November to the end of January.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Celandine Brandybuck - Gift at Year's Turning, A
General Audience
Last Updated: 25 Feb 04
In Minas Tirith, Denethor and Ecthelion prepare for the annual Steward's Feast to celebrate the end of the year. Boromir hopes for a sword as his gift, but Finduilas warns him that he may get something else. Second in the Steward's Family sequence. LOTR-based, no objectionable content. Written in part as a response to the Winter Solstice Celebrations Challenge. By Celandine.
Cirdan - Mithlond's First Winter
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Last Updated: 16 Jan 03
Mithlond experiences its first winter. Gildor realizes that this is the result of Cirdan giving away the Red Ring and confronts him about it.
Dwimordene - Candles
General Audience
Last Updated: 05 Jan 03
Written for the Solstice Challenge, which inspired thoughts of light and dark, and reminded me of Advent candles. Short, focused on the ceremony, and what families in the Angle do come Yuletide. Features Halbarad as a child, his OFC sister Dírlas, and mother.
Jay of Lasgalen - Mid Winter's Eve
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Last Updated: 01 Jan 03
The Elves of Mirkwood celebrate their mid winter festival, but a little teasing leads to a dangerous situation.
Llinos - Partnership In Villainy, A
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Last Updated: 18 Mar 03
When the hobbits tasted chocolate in Barad-dur during Recaptured - it evoked a memory of Yuletide in Brandy Hall - this is it.
LOTR lover - Winter Solstice
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Last Updated: 20 Jun 03
Gilraen is trying to adapt to a new life in Imladris as Arathorn's widow and the single mother of a young son. Glorfindel is recovering from near-fatal wounds. When they meet at the Winter Solstice celebration, what will come of it?
Meg Thornton - Breetown Yule
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Last Updated: 25 Jan 03
In answer to Ang's challenge, a bit of a look at how Yule is celebrated in Bree...

This features a host of original characters, with cameos from Barliman Butterbur, Halbarad, and the Rangers of Eriador. Some of the Original Characters you may have seen before, others will be new to your eyes. All of them fit into my Breeland continuity...

Read on, and find out how the Breefolk celebrate Yule (as interpreted by Meg Thornton)

Philosopher At Large - Staying
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 30 Jan 03
A grim First Age story of a year's turning, of changes, and of gifts... Based on the Silmarillion, the Lay of Leithian and The Shaping of Middle-earth. First part posted in answer to the Solstice Challege (how does a Dark Lord celebrate holidays, so to speak.) Rating for war violence and psychological trauma.
Starlight - Silver, Blue, and Golden
General Audience
Last Updated: 28 Jan 03
Yuletide Celebrations in Belfalas; or, how the people of Dol Amroth commemorate the turn of the year. Answer to the Winter Solstice Challenge.
Thundera Tiger - Mirkwood Solstice, A
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Last Updated: 25 Jun 03
When the Winter Solstice rolls around, a few of Mirkwood's inhabitants are more than ready to celebrate. Unfortunately, the elves are not among them. Presenting a a rather different celebration of the year's longest night. (Winter Solstice Challenge response)

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Challenge Info

Open Date: November 01, 2002

Closed: February 01, 2003

Challenge Topic: Holiday/Date/Season

Entries: 11

Originator: Anglachel

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