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Dram of Evil/Seed of Goodness

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This is an exercise in writing the inexcusable, on the one hand, and the incomprehensible on the other. Frightened yet? Read on.

A heroic character should have flaws, lest they be Mar(t)y S(t)ues. However, our instinct is to write those flaws forgiveably--these are our heroes, after all. By contrast, villains we tend to write mundanely, i.e., as understandable to us, when perhaps that is a bit too easy and makes them less villainous.

In light of this, your challenge is to do either (or both) of the following:

1) Pick your personal favorite hero--write a story that centers on a really existing mundane flaw (jealousy, quick-tempered, arrogance, etc.) and doesn't excuse it even though there would be a resolution and even explanation of said flaw.

2) Pick your personal favorite villain--write a story that centers on a really existing *good* trait (aesthetic sensibility, love for a wife or husband/pet/child, loyalty, etc.) without at the same time making him or her any less the villain of fantastic proportions that s/he is in terms of his/her other actions and mindset.

You have one year to write this fic, beginning 3/15/03. You DO NOT have to write both of the above; one will suffice.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Andreth - For Love of Creation
General Audience
Last Updated: 13 Aug 04
As he stands on the rebuilt tower of Barad-Dur while his armies prepare to leave for Eregion, Annatar / Sauron contemplates the desire for creation and the consequences for those who suffer from it: Feanor, Morgoth and Iluvatar, but particularly himself.
Arwen Imladviel - Anna - The Gift of A Soul
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 09 Jun 03
Another product of my Sauron-fixation, featuring theories about Ainur souls and behavior that could be interpreted as slash. Three Ainur tell a story to three silent listeners, who just happen to be Nienna, Gandalf and Frodo (who thinks it is nightmares). Finally edited into comprehensible format.
Elithien - Not for her
General Audience
Last Updated: 09 Aug 03
Minds work in a marvellous way that we do something thinking that it is for one reason, when really in our hearts we know it is for another, though we use our mind’s thought to justify our actions.

Upon her death, Turgon promises Aredhel something that he cannot fulfill, but his reason is not as the rest of Gondolin may see it. His reason is far more personal.
Evening Nightshade - Retribution
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 18 Nov 03
For the Dram of Evil/Seed of Goodness challenge. Elrohir's desire for vengeance begins to overwhelm him... Rating for violence.
Firerose - Malleable Metal of His Mind, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 20 Aug 09
No-one starts out evil. A couple of linked vignettes inspired by the 'Seed of Evil, Dram of Goodness' challenge; based in Unfinished Tales. Mithril Awards finalist 2005. By Firerose
Jedishampoo - Gift Horses
General Audience
Last Updated: 18 Nov 04
How is Eowyn to get out of the Houses of Healing or escape an inescapable future in Rohan? 2004 Mithril Awards: COMMENDED - Romance Erotica: het
Khazar-Khum - Cursed Queen of Angmar, The
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 28 Feb 05
Ariashal of Rhudaur is the unwitting lynchpin of her father's machinations with the Witch-King of Angmar. And she's cursed, too. Work in progress. Rated Adult for consensual BDSM, violence, torture, and mature themes. Yes, it's now finished!!!!
LOTR lover - Study of Anatomy, The
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
Written for the "Dram of Evil/Seed of Goodness" Challenge. Inspired by "Observation and Dissection of the Common Wood Elf (Telerius galadh)" by bryn, but a completely different sort of story. Takes place during the Siege of Barad-dur, about six months before the final battle of the Last Alliance. How should a scholar spend an unexpected holiday? Adding to his store of knowledge, of course. Rated adult for lots of gore.
Starlight - Your Father's Son
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
When 'standing up for your beliefs' goes a bit over the line, and trying to set things to rights makes everything worse. Has Eomer grown up to be just like his father? Answer to the Dram of Evil challenge. To be completed...
Tyellas - Sting, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 28 Apr 03
Maeglin, filled with hatred and anger, uses his talents as an elf-smith to create one small thing – an item we should all recognize. A fanfic with aspects of The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, LOTR, and United Cutlery’s movie prop reproductions.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 02 Aug 03
Entry Date: 25 Jan 04
Entry Date: 15 Mar 04

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Open Date: March 15, 2003

Closed: March 15, 2004

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Entries: 14

Originator: Dwimordene

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