Our October newsletter has been posted over on our site!http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/october2016.phpWe premier a new challenge this month with "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques," which asks writers to imagine character groups, both formal and informal, that might have existed in Arda. To get into the spooky seasonal vibe, we revisit the "Halls of Mystery" challenge and offer a quote from Tolkien's eerie poem "The Mewlips." Citizens of Middle-earth from near and far are invited to journey to next summer's Mereth Aderthad for a week of feasting, fellowship, and fandom next summer. Hop over to the mereth_aderthad community to learn more, and to take part in a survey about the event.This month's character biography is on Ungoliant. With spiders crawling throughout the legendarium, Tolkien seemed to have an arachnophobic streak. Just in time for Halloween, this month's biography features Ungoliant, one of Tolkien's earliest characters whose mysterious presence peopled (spidered?) his stories with creepy, eight-legged nemeses.After the summer holiday lull, this month we bring you a long list of new and updated stories, short works, and poems, if you're looking for something to read in our archive. Around the World and Web is bursting with featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, from the Not Oxonmoot-moot to Lúthien as Tolkien’s Badass Elf Princess. Many thanks to our contributors this month. We all hope you enjoy our October newsletter!
Hi! I have a question for you. If Teleri had Swan Ships, what do you think Noldor would put on theirs? A Dragon? Jewels? A Hammer? I just need this small detail for a fic. What do you think?
The myth Enki and Inanna.Tells the story of the young goddess of the É-anna temple of Uruk, who visits the senior god of Eridu, and is entertained by him in a feast. The seductive god plies her with beer, and the young goddess maintains her virtue, whilst Enki proceeds to get drunk. In generosity he gives her all the gifts of his Me, the gifts of civilized life. Next morning, with a hangover, he asks his servant Isimud for his Me, only to be informed that he has given them to Inanna.I was reading this the other day, and thought "Maybe how Luthien takes the Silmaril from Morgoth is like Tolkien's G rated version of this?"What do you guys think?
Our September newsletter has been posted over on our site!http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/september2016.phpOur Around the Fire challenge continues this month, so if you're looking for inspiration, do check out some of the great requests we've received so far (many of which are still orphans and looking for an author, just saying ...) If you'd be interested in meeting up with other SWG members and Tolkien fanworks creators next summer, hop over to the mereth_aderthad community to learn more.This month's character biography is on Guilin. A relatively minor character, Guilin nonetheless embodies the tragedy that defined the Noldor of the First Age. Oshun makes the case not only for his heritage as a Noldorin noble but also a tragic figure in line with Turin.August was a relatively light month on the archive, but we do have some new and updated stories, as well as several fascinating articles of interest, if you're looking for something to read. If you're looking for a writing challenge, Around the Fire runs for one more month, and we revisit With a Touch of Fairy Dust, in which you drop a Tolkien character into a fairy tale. Several other events are running now in the Tolkien fandom, from writing challenges to conferences.Many thanks to heartofoshun, rhapsody11, ladyelleth, and angelica_ramses for their fabulous work this month on my very tight schedule!
The August edition of the SWG newsletter has been posted on our website!We have lots of news to report this month, including a last call to participate in a SWG user survey to help us focus on the right improvements for our SWG community, a wrap up of the Femslash Bingo project, a report on the presentations by heartofoshun and dawn_felagund at the NY Tolkien Conference, and our yearly visit to Númenor for Akallabêth in August. We also welcome three new members to our site.This month’s character biography is Radagast, by heartofoshun. Radagast the Brown, 'Lover of Birds', is one of the Istari (Wizards) who were sent from Aman to assist the peoples of Middle-earth in their struggle against Sauron. If you watched The Hobbit movies, you either hated or loved him, bird droppings in his hair, bunny sledge, and all. In this article Oshun explores the Radagast described by Tolkien, as well as the quest he may have been sent to Middle-earth to perform.If you're looking for something to read, you are in for a treat this month. As well as the usual selection of works completed or updated during July, this newsletter lists all Akallabêth in August works completed during the last 12 months, as well as links to all Femslash Bingo works whose authors opted to be included in our newsletter. Around the World and Web is crammed with featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, from the Lay of Aotrou and Itroun to further details about the NY Tolkien Conference.Finally, if you're looking for inspiration, this month we continue with the “Around the Fire” Challenge (and tempt you with the list of requests already submitted), invite you to visit "Akallabêth in August", and give you a quote by Erin Morgenstern.Many thanks to our contributors this month: Oshun, Rhapsody, Angelica, Elleth, and Dawn. We all hope you enjoy our supersized August newsletter!
Just a friendly reminder that our quarterly challenge is something a little different: During the Around the Fire challenge, we tell stories to each other, whether at a campfire or gathered around the fireplace in the winter. This is an informal story request challenge, not a ficswap, so you are welcome to both request and write stories, but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be filled. Visit this post to make a request and read the full challenge guidelines. Click on the cut below to view all the requests that have been made so far.Once you fill a request, simply comment to the person who posted the prompt with a link so that they can read what you wrote!If you're participating in this challenge, I've put together some banners (below the second cut) that you're free to use: Either upload them to your own photo storage space or copy/paste the HTML below the image you want.( Around the Fire Challenge RequestsCollapse )( Around the Fire Challenge Participant BannersCollapse )
Tolkien Femslash Week has concluded, and the following cards have achieved BINGO:Art: B9: Abstract Style, I15: Restricted Palette, G31: Lineless Art, O37: Hand StudyBook Titles: B5: Her Name in the Sky, I15: Sing You Home, N22: Fall on Your Knees, G32: The Dark Wife, O44: Waiting in the WingsPairings: B9: Elf/Hobbit, I16: Textual Ghosts, G31: Human/Ainu, O37: Dwarf/HobbitRare Characters: B5: Tatië, I17: Finduilas of Dol Amroth, N22: Smeagol's Grandmother, G33: Aerin, O43: EilinelRec and Review: B9: Is by your favourite author, I17: Is hosted outside the SWG, G31: Is by an author you haven't read before, O41: Features your OTP Third Age Locations: B9: Dorwinion, I17: Ered Luin, G32: Lothlórien, O37: The Lonely MountainIf you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at email@example.com to claim your win. Congratulations!And of course you are welcome to keep creating for any prompts that catch your inspiration. If your fanworks are posted to any of the usual places before Saturday, July 30 and you have opted into the newsletter feature, they will still be included there. (Finally, I’d like to thank the Academy SWG and my intrepid co-mods, bingo-planners, card-makers, site coders, troubleshooters, number-drawers, and anyone who had a hand in making this game such a success - that includes anyone who played. Thank you!)
Several more cards have achieved Bingo! And more are coming tonight, so if you haven't won yet, there's still a chance that you will.The Graphics card has achieved BINGO - twice! - with the prompts:B8: from the LotR MoviesI15: from the SilmarillionG31: from other sourcesO37: from the Hobbit moviesand B8: from the LotR MoviesI17: Negative SpaceN27: Pastel ColoursG36: 540x255px x3O43: A Tolkien QuoteSee the card here.The Clichés, Fluff and TLC card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:B7: CandlelightI12: FlowersG33: BetrothalsO42: InsomniaSee the card here.The NSFW and Kink card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:B8: LingerieI16: Loyalty KinkG31: VanillaO37: Oral SexSee the card here.
If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your win. Congratulations!