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Quickies Qtr 4, 2004

Challenge Details

Quickie rules:

  • The story should be at least one type-written page long, but not more than 3 type-written pages. Definition of page - 1" margin all the way around, Times 12 pt. font., standard size paper.
  • There should be one viewpoint or one character as the main focus
  • It should be one continuous scene

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one of the below prompts, and write a story within the limits here described.

  • Write the tale of Saruman's meeting with Denethor after Saruman had discovered Isildur's scroll in Minas Tirith's library. Remember: this would've been set well before the Ring War (see "The Council of Elrond", FoTR).
  • Celebrimbor's rejection of Curufin when the latter is expelled from Nargothrond.
  • The scene in the command tent of on the eve of the final battle of the Last Alliance.
  • Anborn asks Legolas about the black squirrels in Mirkwood
  • Gimli presenting Dwalin with what's left of the book from the Chamber of Mazarbul in memory of Balin.
  • Elrond learns of Arwen's choice.
  • Boromir receives the Horn of Gondor from his father, or for that matter, Denethor receives it from Ecthelion
  • The meeting of Turgon and Húrin in the middle of the Fifth Battle
  • Ghan-buri-ghan's decision to make himself known to the Rohirrim: how did it come about?
  • Merry returning to Crickhollow and telling Fatty what has happened to the other three hobbits, before the other three arrive
  • Gandalf arriving in Lothlorien after his battle with the Balrog --
  • What would a wood elf's reaction be to seeing Gandalf wandering around
  • The great pearl Nimphelos--show the thoughts of the elven pearl fisher who discovered it, or the reactions of Cirdan, Thingol, or the dwarves when they first are presented with it.
  • Beren and Celeborn take time out of the festivities to talk about groom-gifts upon the occasion of Dior's marriage to Nimloth.
  • Any encounter between one of the Dunlendings after Helm's Deep with one of his Rohirric 'captors'

You have till 31 December 2004.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Gwynnyd - Nothing in Haste
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Nov 05
Elrond learns that Arwen is making Luthien's choice. With many thanks, as always, to Tanaqui, Marta, Lady Aranel and Cheryl for beta assistance. 2005 MEFA Awards - 2nd Place (The Lord of the Rings - Rivendell)
Marta - How Many Years?
General Audience
Last Updated: 14 Jun 04
The road to the hallows above Minas Tirith is travelled only once a generation, on the twentieth birthday of the current steward's oldest son. Denethor leads Boromir down that scarce-walked path, and Denethor finally gives Boromir an honest answer to a question he asked as a child. Semi-finalist at the 2004 Mithril Awards for Best Story Focusing on Men and Best Vignette or Short Story.
Tathrin - Gurthu a Kuil - Death and Life
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Nov 04
Two immortals think on their friends' inevitable death, and try to find some comfort...Filled with the bittersweet sadness of the Elves, it's a short vignette that touches briefly on how difficult it is for an immortal to understand death, and an attempt to cope with their different choices regarding those deaths.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Cold Like Fire
Entry Date: 07 Oct 04
Entry Date: 07 Oct 04
Entry Date: 19 Dec 04
Entry Date: 28 Dec 04

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Challenge Info

Open Date: October 07, 2004

Closed: December 31, 2004

Challenge Topic: Quickies

Entries: 8

Originator: HASA Challenges

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