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Melkor stirs strife among the Noldor by Nixie Genesis. Melkor weaves his lies, especially between the sons of Finwë. (Artwork)

A king unkinged (for the love he bore Feanor) by Himring. Finwe arrives in Formenos. (Short Story)




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The Dwarves come into Beleriand by Robinka. The dwarves arrive in Beleriand

The fates of our kin by LadyBrooke. It is an ill omen when a Prince of Doriath appears in the tent of a Dwarf without any weapons and lowers himself to sit beneath her while they speak of important matters. (Short Story)




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Fëanor Makes The Silmarils by Alikuu. Fëanor experiments with the light-retaining properties of Silima in the privacy of his forge. (Artwork)

The Creation of the Silmarils by Amyfortuna. Fëanor's creation of the Silmarils, in the form of a sestina. (Poetry)




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Bewildered by Dawn Felagund. Not all of the Eldar believed Valinor would be superior to Middle-earth. Having followed the man she loves from the land she loved also, Miriel struggles to cope with a strange life in a strange new land. (Short Story)




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Paths to Good Intentions by just_jenni. Melian is bored and travels to Arda to see the Quendi. She meets Elwe. His people wonder where he is.




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We were not born in Cuiviénen by Lyra. Morwë tells Oromë about the origins of his people, contradicting some stories the Vala had heard earlier.






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Turn All Your Flesh As Gold by anthropologyarda. Aulë's expertise does not lie in lungs and sinews. Mairon teaches his Master more than he intends.






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[admin post] Admin Post: September 2017 Challenge: Ancestors

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:51 pm
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SWG September 2017 Challenge Ancestors

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Silmarillion and in honor of Grandparents' Day, this month's theme is Ancestors. For this month's challenge, create a fanwork in which a character's resemblance or connection to an ancestor plays a central role. This challenge is completely open, without prompts, although feel free to use the comments to ask for or suggest more specific prompt ideas if you want.

Since I held off on announcing the new challenge because of Silmarillion40, then the deadline will be extended this month. If you want your fanwork to receive a creator stamp, it will need to be posted to the archive (or our DW or LJ for formats other than writing and podfic) no later than October 12. As with the Song of Exile, if you are writing for Silmarillion40 and wish to use the Ancestors challenge in your Silmarillion40 entry, please just let me know when you send in your Silmarillion40 piece, and I will award you your stamp.

I also never posted a links list for last month's challenge, Song of Exile. (We'll blame Silmarillion40 again for that too. ;) Click below the cut for list of last month's challenge entries and please consider leaving a comment if you enjoy an author's work! Remember that stamps for review challenges never expire, so you can keep adding to your stamp collection by showing love to our challenge creators if you want. However, if you need a reviewer stamp for May's Hero's Journey Matryoshka challenge or earlier, please let me know in a comment or an email to moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

August Song of Exile Challenge Stories )

Some final housekeeping ... I have not begun stamps yet for the Song of Exile challenge. Let's blame Silmarillion40 again for that, shall we? As I settle into the daily routine of the collection (and as the school year settles into a routine too), I will begin working on this. I appreciate everyone's patience these last few chaotic months!

If you're new to our challenges, you can find full guidelines--as well as past challenges--here.
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And She Slept by LadyBrooke. As Valinor is created, there are those who stay behind in the darkness to wait for those that come.




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"For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to his service with lies and treacherous gifts."
~The Silmarillion, Valaquenta


Day Two of the Silmarillion40 event brings Melkor's corruption (or seduction?) of others of the Ainur into his service, an influence that will echo throughout the ages.

Young Gods by [personal profile] fernstrike. It began in Almaren - when the world was new, and the gods were young, and the World seemed full of possibilities. It began beneath the earth, under great halls, inside a dark mirror.




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Silmarillion40 Debut

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Happy 40th Anniversary, Silmarillion!

Today we are very pleased to announce the opening day of our Silmarillion40 compilation. Over the past couple months, about three dozen authors and artists have been busy creating more than eighty brand-new fanworks to celebrate the anniversary of our beloved Silmarillion. For the next forty days, we will unlock one or two fanworks per day and journey through The Silmarillion as told in fanworks.

Please check out today's fanworks and, if you like what you see, consider leaving the artist or author a comment.

Star Kindler by feanorusrex. Varda creates the stars. (Art)

Subcreation: A Collection by SWG Authors. Tolkien's theory of subcreation states that it is part of our deepest human nature to create secondary worlds. This collection of drabbles, ficlets, one-shots, and sketches follows the thread of subcreation across the span of the legendarium. (Ficlet Collection)
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Unfortunately, the author who was signed up for the first day's Silmarillion40 prompt "The Creation of Arda" had a death in the family and was unable to fill the prompt. There is also an artwork scheduled for that day that has been received and that will make a stunning front piece for the collection, but it's the first day, and I'd love for there to be writing and art to kick off the Silmarillion40 celebration.

However, it's ridiculously short notice for what is one of--if not the--toughest prompt on the list for writing. So I had the thought: Why not put together a collection of drabbles and ficlets about subcreation by lots of different writers? Creating a drabble or a ficlet is possible for many people on even short notice, and I rather like the idea that the first writing entry for Silmarillion40 be not only about subcreation but a collaborative entry about subcreation--that seems to capture the essence of fandom in many ways.

Subcreation was Tolkien's idea from the essay "On Fairy-stories" that it is in our deepest nature as humans to want to create "secondary worlds." We are naturally creative beings. In the Ainulindalë, the creation of Arda is a subcreative act, and throughout the legendarium, characters subcreate constantly. I've put together a list of characters and topics that would work for this project.

Email me (DawnFelagund@gmail.com) or comment here with you email address (comments are screened) to request editing access to the document if you're interested in helping. (I probably won't grant access till tomorrow afternoon, fyi. Tomorrow is a workday.)

Thursday afternoon (EST) would be the latest to turn in ficlets for this.

If you're not already signed up for Silmarillion40, please make sure you read the Silm40 guidelines here before volunteering.

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