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HASA 2005 Birthday Challenge

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We, as fanfic writers, tell stories. That's why we came to HASA in the first place. But often these stories are different from the types of tales Arda's inhabitants would tell. We frequently write about the everyday doings of our characters, or those moments which are so private the characters in question would rather keep them out of song. Which is all well and good, but it's high time we wrote some of the stories that hobbits, dwarves, elves, men, and other races would have enjoyed hearing and telling -- and re-telling.

So with that in mind, HASA members should commemorate the birthday of the site that allows us to share our stories by writing for our favourite characters the types of tales they might enjoy. For example:

* complete a canonical poem that was left incomplete, or tell the story of how it first came to be written. (for example, finish Sam's Gil-galad poem)

* Have one character tell a story to another character. (For example, Legolas telling the story of Nimrodel.)

* Explain some popular belief or saying. (For instance Gimli explains to the hobbits the saying 'He was a burned Dwarf'")

* Look at someone struggling to separate the real, historical person from the myth that has come to surround them. (AL Milton's "Shards of Time" is an excellent example of a story like this, where Barahir [Faramir and Eowyn's grandson] tries to discover the truth about his illustrious grandmother when he's writing his history.)

Note: Ang originally came up with the idea to mark HASA's birthday with a challenge. Tanaqui thought up the challenge idea, and Marta helped her refine it.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Dwimordene - One of that Company
General Audience
Last Updated: 02 Jul 05
All good things come to an end. Vignette.
elanor of aquitania - Galrivnil – a Gondorian fairy-tale
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Last Updated: 28 Aug 04
Finduilas tells the bed-time fairy-tale of Prince Dragon-Hide who became King Sun-Lover. Written for the HASA Birthday Challenge to tell a story LotR characters would have liked to hear: I imagined that Faramir and Boromir might have asked their mother for this fairy tale. up: 1) Galrivnil's birth and youth, 2) G's adventures
Gwynnyd - Musings on a Dark Mythology
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Last Updated: 01 Nov 04
I have wanted to know for some time just what it is that the emissaries of Sauron tell people that is so attractive. Here is my first take on the subject. Remember this does not have to be "true" just believable. I know it contradicts the Tolkien mythos in most places. I also assume that the late Third Age Men this is destined to be told to live away from the elves or the Númenorean kingdoms and would not know the 'real' story of the creation.
julifolo - Hobbit and Fox
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Last Updated: 16 Nov 04
Place holder. Have an outline but it's not there yet ...
Lariren-Shadow - Bedtime Story, A
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Last Updated: 15 Dec 04
Faramir tells Elboron a bedtime story.
Marta - Cold Be Heart - A Hobbit Ghost Story
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Last Updated: 06 Jul 04
A hobbit ghost story loosely based on Frodo's encounter with the barrow-wight.
maya_ar - Wit and Wisdom
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Last Updated: 17 Jul 04
The people of Rohan tell many curious children's tales, it is said, filled with strange lore out of the North, of the doings of birds and beasts and wild creatures, and the ways of long-forgotten folk.
Wolfwind - The Maiden and the Mariner
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Last Updated: 20 Jan 10

A fairy tale about Elves that hobbits might have told, perhaps one of the stories Sam loved.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 07 Jul 04
Entry Date: 07 Jul 04
Entry Date: 16 Jul 04

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Challenge Info

Open Date: July 07, 2004

Closed: July 01, 2005

Challenge Topic: Birthday

Entries: 11

Originator: HASA Challenges

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