1. Introductory Notes
March 15 is certainly an important day in Middle-earth history. The entry from the Tale of Years for March 15, 3019 reads:
"In the early hours the Witch-king breaks the Gates of the City. Denethor burns himself on a pyre. The horn of the Rohirrim are heard at cockcrow. Battle of the Pelennor. Theoden is slain. Aragorn raises the standard of Arwen. Frodo and Samwise escape [from Cirith Ungol] and begin their journey north along the Morgai. Battle under the trees in Mirkwood. Thranduil repels the forces of Dol Guldur. Second assault on Lothlorien."
So pick any one of these events, or any other that happened on March
15, and write a story about it. The only catch is, your story cannot
be told from the POV of any of the following characters:
Any member of the Fellowship, Denethor, Faramir, Theoden, Eomer, Eowyn
The idea is to look at these well-known events through the eyes of
someone other than the main characters. Some possible point-of-views to consider:
==> The Witch King's reaction to Eowyn's revelation that she is not a
==> The reaction of one of Denethor's (loyal) guards to Gandalf's
arrival, or to Denethor's final death
==> Guthlaf's thoughts as Theoden takes his horn
==> The reaction of any Gondorian to the sight of Aragorn's banner
And don't forget the Elves. They were also battling on this day, and
stories about them are certainly fair play.
A thousand words or less. And even though our heroes only had one day to do all of this, you have two. All stories should be posted by
midnight tomorrow, your local time.
And the list members responded with a vengeance. In just under two days nine stories were written, covering a wide range of story ideas. You will find in the following chapters their submissions -- one vignette per chapter. Stories are listed in the order they were posted to HA.
(HASA Challenges Manager)