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Fundraising Challenge - The Hobbit

Challenge Details

Last May, we ran a fundraising pledge challenge that has paid for almost all site hosting costs in 2012. The basic idea of a pledge challenge was taken from fund raising walks and runs where people pledge to pay a certain number of cents or dollars per mile that the runner/walker completes.

We changed the rules to be for story writing - readers pledged to pay a certain set amount of money for each story written for the challenge, up to a limit they determined for themselves. Authors in turn wrote original stories for the challenge that appeared exclusively on HASA for the month of the challenge.

This was such a success, that we're back with another fundraising challenge, this time with a theme - The Hobbit.

Write a story that is connected in some way with The Hobbit - the book or the movie - and post it on HASA. It can be anything you like as long as it ties in to something that happens or is mentioned or must have occurred given the events of the book or the movie. Here's a few story ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

Book-based - backstories, side stories, after-happily-ever-after stories:

  • Belladonna Took – what about those adventures?
  • How did Thráin end up in Dol Guldur?
  • Where does the Trolls' loot come from?
  • Was Legolas at the Battle of the Five Armies?
  • Did Bilbo and Aragorn/Estel meet in Rivendell?
  • How did Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond and Galadriel root Sauron out of Dol Guldur?
  • What did Bard do to re-establish Dale?
  • When did Balin get it into his head to try and refound Khazad-dûm?

Movie-based (SPOILERS!):

  • Write the back-story for a deviation from the book (Azog, the Elves of Mirkwood paying homage to Thrór, why is Thranduil riding a moose, ...)
  • A recipe-fic involving Rhosgobel Rabbit
  • The White Council meeting in Imladris
  • Anything to do with Radagast
  • The tunnel path to Rivendell
  • Stone giants, what makes them tick?
  • Gollum killing the goblin with a rock instead of strangling it

Authors, here are the rules for stories:

  • It must be a new story, never having appeared for the general public on any other web site
  • It must be 500 words or more in length (combining drabbles is fine, length allowances made for poetry)
  • It is posted exclusively to HASA in January while the Challenge runs

Readers, here are the rules for pledging:

  • The pledge is per completed story posted to the Challenge - you can't specify that you'll only donate for an Elf story or one with Gollum in it, for example)
  • A minimum of $1.00 per story
  • No minimum on the total amount you're willing to pledge

The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and runs through January 31. Home page display will start when there are three entries in the Challenge. Authors, reward our readers with a great story. Readers, reward our authors with a pledge.

Forum threads:

If you have any questions about this challenge, the general discussion thread is here.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aiwendiel - Stubbornness
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 13

An unusual eyewitness looks back on the battle that gave Thorin Oakenshield his name and fame, and looks forward to the Battle of the Five Armies. Movie-verse.

Anglachel - As We Dream by the Fire
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Jan 13

Short story about Bilbo the Yule before he sets off on his adventure. What could inspire a nice, respectable Hobbit like Mr. Bilbo Baggins to go haring off  on an adventure?

Part of Anglachel's Shire Series of stories. Written for The Hobbit story pledge challenge. This story is dedicated to Nath, whose quiet friendship and sick humor have kept me sane through some dark times.

Archeress - Out with the hunt
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 Jan 13

My attempt to reconcile the small bit of the Hobbit that I didn't like, Elrond (a healer) riding to hunt the orcs. Also the fact he rides a black horse.

For the hobbit challenge

Archeress - Snow
General Audience
Last Updated: 18 Jan 13

Bilbo and the White stuff. Written for The Hobbit Pledge and because it's snowing where I am

Archeress - Estel
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 13

A little scrap for the Hobbit story challenge, which I dashed off in about half an hour.

Aruthir - Fallen
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 15 Jun 13

Written as part of the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this is my take on how an Elf-King's sword came to be in Goblin hands...

Aruthir - A Suitable Blade
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 Jan 13

Originally written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this is my take on the origin of the famous Baggins-blade Sting...

Aruthir - Finalé
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 25 Jan 13

Originally written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this gives a little backstory to the blade Sting- and I apologise for it being a little gory.

Aruthir - As Gondolin Burned
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 25 Jan 13

Originally written for the 2013 Fundraising challenge, this gives a little glimpse into the history of Orcrist, sword of Thorin Oakenshield.

Aruthir - Dreams In The Deep
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Jan 13

Written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this answers the question... what was the Balrog of Moria doing during the events of The Hobbit?

Aruthir - An Unexpected Journey
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Jan 13

Written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this story delves a little deeper still into the history of Orcrist, Glamdring and Sting...

Aruthir - My Dinner With Bert, Tom and Bill
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Jan 13

Written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this is for anyone who ever wondered how Glamdring and Orcrist ended up in a troll-cave...

Aruthir - Ever Ever On
General Audience
Last Updated: 14 Jan 13

Written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge, this answers the question... why DID Balin decide to return to Moria?

Aruthir - Paying Debts
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 12 Jan 13

Originally written for the 2013 Fundraising Challenge (and for Jay of Lasgalen's birthday), this answers the question- what WAS Legolas doing during the battle of Five Armies?

Aruthir - Tarnished
General Audience
Last Updated: 02 Jan 13

Written for the 2012 Fundraising Challenge.

Barrabard - Two Dreams & a Wizard
General Audience
Last Updated: 03 Feb 13

For The Hobbit Challenge. Thanks to Anglachel for reminding me about Uncle Gar, to Nath for nursemaiding through posting this first entry, and to RiverOtter for the beta! This could almost have been titled two conversations--one with Isengar Took, Bilbo's uncle, and the other with Thorin Oakinshield.

Linaewen - Astray on the Road to Bag End
General Audience
Last Updated: 27 Jan 13

Thorin Oakenshield gets lost on his way to Bag End.  Based on Thorin's comment about losing his way in Peter Jackson's film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."  Written for the January 2013 Hobbit Story Pledge Challenge.

Nath - Troll country
General Audience
Last Updated: 05 Dec 14

Where were the Rangers when Thorin & co. encountered those trolls?

Written for the 2013 The Hobbit Story Pledge Challenge.

Nath - Good Morning!
General Audience
Last Updated: 05 Dec 14

So, what about those Rhosgobel Rabbits? Bilbo's about to find out...

Written for the January 2013 Hobbit Story Pledge Challenge.

Ostoigwaith - Estel and the Hobbit
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Jan 13
This is a little oneshot I wrote answering the question, "Did Bilbo and Estel/Aragorn meet in Rivendell?" Takes place during Gandalf and Bilbo's return home in The Hobbit. Entry for The Hobbit Story Pledge Challenge.

Placeholders

The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Jay of Lasgalen
Entry Date: 24 Jan 13
Ostoigwaith
Entry Date: 16 Jan 13

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Challenge Info

Open Date: December 26, 2012

Closed: February 01, 2013

Challenge Topic: Fandom/Fanon

Entries: 22

Originator: Anglachel

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