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Alternate Perspectives Challenge

Challenge Details

Take any scene that Tolkien wrote, from any of the books. Now turn it on its head: write it from some POV other than the one Tolkien gave us. Here are some examples:

* Bilbo's "unexpected party" in The Hobbit -- we pretty much get just Bilbo's perspective. What was one of the Dwarves thinking, or Gandalf, or the hobbit next door?

* The Nazgûl attack Frodo, Sam, and Pippin as they cross the Shire (just before they bump into Gildor). We get Frodo's thoughts, but what about the other hobbits', or the elves, or the Nazgûl, or an animal who oversaw the whole encounter?

* Faramir's interrogation of Frodo and Sam, but from his POV or one of his Rangers', or from Frodo's for that matter.

* Éowyn attacks the Witch-king, but through her own eyes. Or Théoden's. Anyone but Merry.

The idea is to find a scene that Tolkien tells us through one point of view, and tell that same scene from some other cahracter (canonical or original) who would have seen the same scene. I'm not sure this would work for all scenes, but there are several that are told pretty strongly from one POV or the other.

(Movieverse pieces are allowed, too, if you can find a scene that's shown through one particular character's eyes, or even several but not all characters. The nature of the medium makes it harder, but if you can find such a scene go ahead and have fun.)

Donated by: Marta

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

EdorasLass - Quarry
General Audience
Last Updated: 06 Apr 08
Gollum trails the Fellowship through Moria. For the Alternative Perspectives challenge. A bit of experimental formatting.
EdorasLass - Eclipsed By the Moon
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 Feb 05
A kitchen maid in the Meduseld watches the object of her affections. It is not who you might think it is. Thanks so much to Aliana for beta-ing!
Elena Tiriel - Fell and Fair
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Dec 09
What might have happened if Elladan and Elrohir had fought in the Battle of the Field of Celebrant? How would they be remembered in the legends of other races? A story told in drabbles, depicting events surrounding the battle, and its widening repercussions for the sons of Elrond and others.

MEFA 2007
First Place (WIP)
Adventure: Fixed-Length Ficlet

MEFA 2009
Times: Second and Early Third Age
Jay of Lasgalen - Important Business
General Audience
Last Updated: 24 Apr 05
A slightly different view of the Council Of Elrond.
Linaewen - I Can Walk This Path
General Audience
Last Updated: 20 Jul 05
Crossing the cold waters of the River Celebrant by means of a slender rope bridge is not something lightly done, particularly for one who weighs more than a Hobbit or an Elf. Based on the passage from the "Lothlorien" chapter of FOTR (with some quoting from the original), but from a slightly different point of view. A submission for the Alternative Perspectives challenge.
SheBit - Nourishment
General Audience
Last Updated: 09 Jun 05
A drabble retelling Amon Hen from the point of view of the earth itself.
SheBit - Defiance
General Audience
Last Updated: 12 May 05
A drabble exploring Amon Hen and the death of Boromir from a different point of view.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 12 Jun 05
Entry Date: 15 Jul 05
Nienna Narmolanya
Entry Date: 02 May 05
Shieldmaiden of Rohan
Entry Date: 19 Apr 05
Entry Date: 27 Jun 05

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Challenge Info

Open Date: April 17, 2005

Closed: July 17, 2005

Challenge Topic: Character

Entries: 12

Originator: Marta

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