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In the Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, and many other Tolkien books, many names do not refer to just a single person, but to many. It seems as though some of these names were associated with misfortune, while others were just every-day, happy names. For example, Miriel, Feanor's mother, died during childbirth. Several hundred years later, Miriel, the queen of Numenor, died when her country sank beneath the sea. Finduilas of the first age was killed by orcs, and Boromir and Faramir's mother, Finduilas, also passed away.

Not all names were unhappy ones, though. Like many people in this thread pointed out, the dwarves and hobbits used names over again, and many of these names were not sad at all.

For this challenge, you would write a story that has to do with an original or canonical character, and their namesake. The stories can be happy, sad, angsty, or whatever you feel like writing. They just have to involve a character and the person that they are named after. Also, like Meril pointed out, there were some characters that had similar names to another person, like Elboron and Boromir.

Meril posted several examples of Tolkien characters and their namesakes. Here are some of them:

  • Miriel, Feanor's mother, and Miriel, last queen of Numenor.
  • Morwen Eledhwen (First Age) and Morwen Steelsheen (Thengel of Rohan's wife, Third Age)
  • Finduilas of Nargothrond and Finduilas of Gondor.
  • Turin Turambar and his 3 Gondorian namesakes (Turambar, Turin I, Turin II)
  • The stewards often named their children after heroes of the First Age (i.e. Denethor, Boromir, Ecthelion, Egalmoth)
  • Hobbits often repeated names.
  • Dwarves had all the Durins (I-VII, I believe)
  • Sam/Rosie's kids Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Hamfast, Daisy, and Bilbo were all named after someone.
  • Pippin/Diamond's first son was named Faramir I.
  • Elboron, Faramir's son, was named for Boromir.
  • Barahir, Faramir's grandson, was named for Beren's father of the First Age.
  • Create an OC that is named after someone.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Chris - Wainriders
General Audience
Last Updated: 12 Jun 06
How does one distinguish between a nightmare and a portent? Is it possible for the unborn to share those dreams? A vignette about the choosing and power of names.
Elena Tiriel - Ambush in Ithilien
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Last Updated: 07 Nov 07
Drabble: Faramir and his Rangers ambush the Haradrim in Ithilien.

For Tanaqui's birthday, September 2004.

Middle Earth Fanfiction Awards (MEFA 2005):
The Turin Turambar Award: 1st Place, Drama: Gondor Drabbles
Gwynnyd - What's in a Name...?
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Last Updated: 14 Mar 05
Of course Arwen remembers Aragorn.
Jacks - Seeing
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Last Updated: 08 Oct 04
A meeting and an ending.
Jacks - Heirlooms
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Last Updated: 14 Aug 04
For the namesakes challenge. A sword passes hands. Features an OC that I've used before.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Cold Like Fire
Entry Date: 12 Aug 04
Lady Aranel
Entry Date: 20 Aug 04
Entry Date: 16 Oct 04
Entry Date: 14 Aug 04
Entry Date: 28 Sep 04

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Open Date: August 12, 2004

Closed: August 12, 2005

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Entries: 13

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