August 2006 Challenges Bulletin
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Post your request at the Birthday Cards Forum.
3rd: Vilwarin's brother loves to be entertained. He would like drabbles about people entertaining each other. In the hall of fire, at the Prancing Pony, around a campfire, in the barracks of Rohan, or even at the court of Gondor... wherever you like, just give them a nice time.
Also, don't forget to create a story for the birthday card workshop. This serves the same purpose as the old HAWriters story and lets others put drabbles they write in an easily accessible location. Enter this story in the challenge for August drabbles, so we have all of these in one place. (There are instructions on how to do all this at the top of each thread in the Birthday Cards Forum; if you need help just ask the Workshop Manager, Gwynnyd.)
New Challenges: Five for armies involved in battle around Erebor (men, elves, dwarves, orcs, wargs)
The Mouth of Sauron [March 25, 2007]
Just who is the Mouth of Sauron? Is there a spark of goodness in him? Does he then feel guilty about what he tried to do with his ruse with Frodo's mithril shirt? (Or any other foul deed he did for Sauron, for that matter.) Or is he evil beyond redemption and enjoys being that way? Assuming he survives, how does that fit into the Fourth Age? Write a piece exploring this fascinating character.
Realizations [April 30, 2007]
A character has been picked, for example Gimli. Then the first person interested in joining this challenge will come up with a story idea in which someone, anyone, learns something about Gimli. Let's say Legolas learns something about Gimli. Then the second person has Legolas learning something about someone. The third person uses that someone and so forth.
Marital Spats [April 30, 2007]
Marital spats always happen, even in the "perfect" couple, so what about Faramir and Eowyn? Arwen and Aragorn? Rosie and Samwise? Galadriel and Celeborn? Or any other Middle-Earth couple, for that matter? There is lots of potential especially with the various intercultural marriages that occur.
A Tale within a Tale [April 30, 2007]
It's a common literary device to have a tale told within your main story. Tolkien himself has many examples of this in LotR, the most compelling being perhaps the tale of Luthien at Weathertop. It could be a poem or a story--or even a play! Traveling minstrels in Gondor or Rohan are a possibility as well.
Mortality [June 21, 2007]
Lúthien, Elros and Arwen all decided to become mortal. In what way would their lives be changed? There could be changes in the body, perceptions in the mind, fitting into a different society or culture, the realization of loss. How would their spouses react?
Old Challenges: One for the hand of Beren
New Members Challenge: 2005 to 2006 [August 2nd, 2006]
This is a challenge for new members. By definition, a new member is any member who has been a member for fewer than four (4) months or who has written three (3) or fewer Tolkien fanfics. Choose from the prompts--there are three choices from "The Hobbit," three from "Lord of the Rings," and three from "The Silmarillion." Enjoy exploring Middle Earth.
Culture and sexuality as well as the Bilbo's birthday nugzul have gotten five stories and have escaped the hutch.
Bilbo's birthday [September 30, 2006]
Bilbo went to Dale after his Farewell Party and before he took up residence in Rivendell. Write a short scene describing something about that second trip to Erebor.
A few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Going over the pass.
Walking through Mirkwood.
Did he see Beorn again?
What does he think of the new King Bain of Dale?
Does he pay a call on Thranduil?
Is Gandalf along?
There are a myriad of possibilities from all Ages, races and places. Don your mithril leggings and wade in. Make a nugzul happy and adopt one today.
HASA Challenge Team