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Working Life in Middle-earth

Challenge Details

Many of us have jobs. Always, there are some aspects of our jobs that we love, and others that we hate.

How do the inhabitants of Arda feel about their jobs, about the daily grind?

Servants in the Citadel? A guard on duty? A hobbit farmer? A student of lore in Minas Tirith? A washerwoman?

And if you want to get complicated, how about the evil side of things? Nazgûl, the Mouth, Haradrim, Easterlings - they have jobs, too.

Or what about your own job - or the Middle Earth-equivalent of your job, if you can think of it? Would a computer programmer be a spy-master in Minas Tirith, developing new codes for secret messages?

Any length, genre, rating, Age: any person doing or not doing, loving or hating their job.

Challenge closes May 15, 2005.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aeneid - Peace
General Audience
Last Updated: 25 Apr 05
Nearly twenty years after the Ring War, two veterans reminisce in the Houses of Healing. Featuring Iorlas, Elboron, Borlas, and original characters.
Aliana - Fallen
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 08 Jul 12

It's one thing to survive the Siege of Minas Tirith, and quite another to imagine rebuilding one's city--and oneself.  A coming-of-age story for Gondor's "greatest generation."

Aliana - To Labor and to Wait
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Dec 04
Prepare, they tell us. Settle your accounts and your affairs: It would seem we go to war as if going to our graves. Five snapshots from the perspectives of various workers in the Houses of Healing, just prior to the Siege of Minas Tirith. A sidebar to a longer work in progress, but stands on its own.
AmandaK - Fire On The Mountain
General Audience
Last Updated: 05 Mar 04
The thoughts of a Gondorian soldier on the beacon-hill of Erelas around the time the beacons are lit. Written for the Quickies Challenge Quarter 1, 2004.
Marta - Summer Nights
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 09 Jun 04
The summer of 3000 is the hottest one Faramir can remember. When he finds himself lost in Dol Amroth he stumbles into a situation he would never have faced in Minas Tirith and is forced to confront inherited beliefs he has never had cause to question. Warning: This piece discusses mature themes. Read at your own discretion.
Marta - Dulce Et Decorum Est
General Audience
Last Updated: 25 May 04
Beregond reflects on his role in preventing Faramir's death, and justifies to a fellow guard why he considers Denethor one of the "victorious dead."
Werecat - Beast of Burden
General Audience
Last Updated: 02 Feb 09
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; some of them not necessarily human. Meet Summerstraw, a horse of Rohan.

MEFAs 2005 - Third Place, Drama

Mithrils 2005 - Finalist, Drama
Werecat - Night Course in Pet Care
General Audience
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 - Grasping at Moonbeams Glistening
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
In the Houses of Healing, after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, a woman who tends to the wounded meets a certain Elf in a story that deals with a Gondorian woman's infatuation for Legolas. Includes OCs, of course. Story rating should be PG-13 at most. Romance/Drama.

MEFAs 2005: Second Place, Cross-cultural, Post Ring War

Mithrils 2005 - Runner-up, Romance/Het


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Lady Aranel
Entry Date: 21 Nov 04
Entry Date: 15 May 05
Entry Date: 21 Nov 04
Otto's Goat
Entry Date: 16 Dec 04
Vistula the Dunadan
Entry Date: 15 Nov 04
Entry Date: 10 Jan 05

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Challenge Info

Open Date: November 15, 2004

Closed: May 15, 2005

Challenge Topic: Culture/Society/Politics

Entries: 18

Originator: JunoMagic

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