August 2005 Challenges Bulletin
- Fleeing in despair
The Fellowship is shattered
Taking diverse paths
August is nearly upon us, and so it's nearly time to get out our
quills and parchment and write in celebration of August's birthday
boys and girls.
If you're not sure what sort of drabble you'd like, you can always
just post a favorite character or two and look forward to a surprise.
Post your request at the Birthday Cards Forum.
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 July 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.)
3 for the Houses of the Noldor: Feänor, the creators, too proud of
their unique genius; Fingolfin, brave and valiant leaders; Finarfin,
wise and kind moderators.
Filk Festival [September 1, 2005]
Just pick your favorite song from a movie or Broadway musical and
rewrite it into Tolkien's universe. Any Tolkien topic is fine.
Quickies, 3rd Quarter [September 30, 2005]
These are are least one page with a single point of view and a
continuous scene. A few to inspire:
* How did one of Pippin's sisters react to his birth?
* One of Grond's makers reflects upon his work.
* Any encounter between one of the Dunlendings after Helm's Deep with
one of his Rohirric 'captors'
Tanka Time [September 30, 2005]
For the poets and would-be poets among us, it is (drum-roll) Tanka
Time! A tanka has
* 31 syllables, arranged in five lines: 5-7-5-7-7
* tends to use courtly/formal language
* focuses on symbolism from nature and personal emotion
Closing in August
The Oldies for the three hobbit ring bearers, Bilbo, Frodo, Sam:
These are closing soon, so catch them now or regret it forever!
Namesakes [August 12, 2005]
Write a story that has to do with an original or canonical character,
and their namesake. The stories can be happy, sad, angsty, or whatever
you feel like writing. They just have to involve a character and the
person that they are named after. There were some characters that had
similar names to another person, like Elboron and Boromir. A few to
help the creative juices floww:
* Sam/Rosie's kids Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Hamfast, Daisy, and
Bilbo were all named after someone.
* The stewards often named their children after heroes of the First
Age (i.e. Denethor, Boromir, Ecthelion, Egalmoth)
* Dwarves had all the Durins
Many Generations of Men [August 19, 2005]
* How does Elrond feel seeing his brother's descendants?
* What does a hobbit think seeing how fast human children grow?
* What is it like to turn around as an elf and realize you're talking
to a human whose great grandfather you were friends with?
Life and Times of the Orcs [August 28, 2005]
Orcs, in Tolkien's writing, are rather one-dimensional characters.
They are evil embodied, utterly violent, obscenely cruel and only
interested in where their next meal of man-flesh can be obtained. They
are easy to hate, easy to kill, easy to disregard as living beings.
What everyday life among the Orcs like? How do they treat their women,
their children? Do they have some sort of culture? A society?
Loyalties beyond those enforced by fear? Are they capable of caring
for anyone but themselves? Might they even have the capacity to love?
Escape the summer heat and dive into the coolness of Middle-Earth!
HASA Challenge Team
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