September 2005 Challenges Bulletin
- Hello, HASA!
If you have a September birthday, now would be the time to post your
Here are some requests to inspire you. Dawn Felagund wants drabbles
pertaining to Feanor's family but happy thoughts since this is a
birthday celebration. Tanaqui desires birthday drabbles about any
moment in Gondorian history OR interactions between your favorite
culture and Gondorians. Arandil is indecisive with requests for Feanor
or his eldest sons OR Legolas and Thranduil OR Elladan and Elrohir OR
an evil drabble from the 'other side' and her last request is where
Glorfindel deals with Arwen stealing his horse. Gandalf's apprentice
would like anything involving Aragorn or Gandalf the Grey finding out
something about the other.
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 September 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: Two for the sons of Elrond [Elladan and Elrohir]
The Pub Guide [February 4, 2006]
Middle-earth is full of pubs and inns and guest-houses! From the
"Green Dragon" to the "Prancing Pony" to the "Forsaken Inn", there are
many places to get drunk and get merry in Middle-earth. Tell us about
your favorite pub, inn or guesthouse in Middle-earth [canonical or
Silmaril's are an Elf's Best Friend... [May 30, 2006]
This challenge is to write a piece focused on a canonical gem, item of
jewelry or an item adorned with gems. Show us the power and meaning of
gems in Arda. (The challenge is also open to stories about jewels not
specifically mentioned by Tolkien but which can still be clearly tied
to a canonical source, such as an anonymous "random" jewel in a large
The Oldies: Eight for the legs of Shelob
These are closing soon, so catch them now or regret it forever:
Word-of-the-Day Challenge [09/01/05]
How about writing a piece of Tolkien-fanfiction that involves the
"word of the day"?
Just give the "word of the day" in the title and write - prose or
poetry, elves, dwarves or hobbits, drabbles or longer pieces...
Filk Fest 2005! [09/01/05]
Just pick your favorite song from a movie or Broadway musical and
rewrite it into Tolkien's universe. Any Tolkien topic is fine.
Change One Thing, See What Happens [09/07/05]
What would happen if one thing was changed during the Silmarillion or
the Lord of the Rings?
--What if Turin's father, Hurin, had given into Morgoth and had told
him where Gondolin was?
--What if Glorfindel would have lost to the Balrog?
The possibilities are really endless. You would just write a story
about the consequences of changing one thing, whether simple or
An Exciting Drabble Challenge [09/16/05]
Just how much suggestiveness can you fit into 100 words? Drabble
series will be permitted, but each 100-word drabble should focus on a
separate moment. Please mark your post appropriately since this might
inspire some adult themes.
Bookverse Improbabilities [09/22/05]
Think of how the inconsistencies between the various drafts in the
Silm, HoMe, and UT. There's lots of room to play there so let's play.
Shall They Dance? [09/30/05]
Write a story or possibly even a poem which would be centered around
dancing - having the characters themselves dancing or having them
watch others dance. Either way dancing plats an important part of the
Tanka Time! [09/30/05]
What is 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
Write a tanka, or a series of tankas, based on anything in Tolkien
Quickies Qtr. 3, 2005 [09/30/05]
--the story should be at least one typewritten page long, but not more
than 3 typewritten pages. Definition of page - 1" margin all the way
around, Times 12 pt. font., standard size paper.
--There should be one viewpoint or one character as the main focus.
--It should be one continuous scene.
A few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
--One of Grond's makers reflects upon his work.
--The thoughts of each (or one) of the other Fellowship members at
Aragorn's coronation, as Frodo is given the honor of carrying
Aragorn's crown to Gandalf.
--One evening, as the Ringbearers' ship nears Valinor, a graceful
white bird alights on the deck and transforms... into Elwing, Elrond's
And a poem for inspiration:
by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)
The goldenrod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.
But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.
'T is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget.
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