Title: Morning Hath Broken, Chapter Two: DoriathAuthor: kayleelupinRating: PGWarnings: NoneSummary: Oropher searches amongst his earliest memories to tell the tale of the Great Lights. (For the February 2017 "Revolution", and for Keiliss - hope you continue to enjoy :) )A/N: Emma and I place Oropher’s birth during YT 1499, at what would be 14,364 solar years – six “years” and less than one Valian year before the rising of the Moon and Sun. This would make him a little more than two and a half in human maturity.
Title: Morning Hath Broken, Chapter One: HarlindonAuthor: kayleelupinRating: PGWarnings: NoneSummary: Oropher and little Thranduil (about 4, in human reckoning) spend time together in Oropher's study - and Oropher is asked for a story. (For the February 2017 "Revolution", and for Keiliss - happy birthday :) )
Title: 100 Days of SilenceAuthor: just_jenniRating: AdultWarnings: NoneSummary: Amras, realizing that he cannot bear to continue fighting, ostracizes himself from his family. Choosing to retreat into the forests of Beleriand, he meets someone unexpected.( Read more...Collapse )
On Modern-earth, in many parts of the world, February is Black History Month, a reminder of how justice is often wrested and seized from the powerful through the courage and sacrifices of the oppressed.
The early ages of Arda are likewise defined by revolution. Ossë's rebellion against Ulmo. The return of the Noldor to Middle-earth. Barahir's outlaws. The Kings' Men and the Elf-friends of Númenor. Into the Third Age, the Gondorians rebelled against the cruel usurpation of Castamir. Then of course there are the individual revolutionaries of Arda: Fëanor, Andreth, Aredhel, Isildur, Ar-Pharazon. (And who could forget the ur-revolutionary Melkor?) Between the lines, many fans read resistance against dominating--even colonialist--cultures by the unsung peoples and heroes of Middle-earth.
For this month's challenge, participants will receive a quotation, artwork, speech, or song concerned with protest and revolution. Your final piece does not have to include a revolution or concern revolution in any way, but you should use some aspect of your prompt in the final story. While not required, participants are encouraged to include characters of color or from underrepresented cultural groups.
Writers, comment here or email us to receive your prompt. Please specify if you have a preference for the format of your prompt (song, speech, art, or quotation).
If you want to create a fanwork other than fiction, your challenge is to create a piece of protest art in any format that you choose.
Participation stamps are available for both creators and reviewers. To be eligible for this month's stamp as a creator, you must post your response to the SWG archive no later than March 10, 2017. Review challenges never expire; however, we ask that you email us if you need a reviewer stamp for a challenge that is more than two months old.
Yesterday the January 2017 Taboo challenge closed with an incredible twenty entries. Here is a list of links to the stories written for our first new challenge. Check out these stories and consider leaving the authors a note if you enjoyed their work! (Remember that the review challenge never expires, and we have several stamps for reviewers that we'd love to give away ...)All links go to the table of contents for the story, where you can view warnings, author's notes, and further details about the story.
Link goes to my LJ( Prayer to Manwë )
This is a friendly reminder that there is one week left in the Taboo challenge! Choose one, multiple, a row, or an entire card of prompts from our Taboo bingo card. Taboo challenge stories are due on the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017, in order to be eligible to receive a stamp for that month. That's one week away!Of course, if inspiration strikes you after the 10th, you are welcome to continue using the challenge bingo card, but late entries will not receive stamps.Our challenges involve both a writing and a reviewing component. Several Taboo stories have been posted already. Check out the Taboo stories here and consider reviewing one or a few (or all!) of them. There is no deadline for the review challenge.Click here for the full challenge description and challenge guidelines.
The SWG's February 2017 Newsletter has been posted!Just in case you missed our last edition, on 15th January we introduced a new approach to our Challenges, and launched the theme Taboo as our current Challenge. If you are creating fanwork and wish to earn a participant stamp for the Taboo bingo card, your piece must be uploaded to our archive by 10th February 2017. Review challenges never expire; however, we ask that you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in case you need a reviewer stamp for a challenge that is more than two months old. To check the complete Taboo prompt or the new Challenges guidelines please check here.Our “Special Projects” section now offers you the opportunity to revisit the 2014 Silmarillion Reread event, hosted by Independence1776 and Lyra.For the character biography this month, Robinka writes about Saeros, councillor of King Thingol in Menegroth. His jealousy of the King's favors to mortal Túrin triggered the events that led to his own death and made Túrin choose a life of outlawry. As well as Saeron's motivations and background, Robinka explores how this character evolved along with Tolkien's vision of the story of the Children of Húrin.If you're looking for fiction to read, more than thirty stories were added or updated on our archive during the past month of January. Additionally, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Robinka, Elleth, Rhapsody, Dawn, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
We will post our first new challenge on this coming Sunday, January 15th! Look out for new challenges on the 15th of every month. Below are the guidelines for the new challenge system. (Challenge guidelines and the current challenge can also be found by clicking on Challenges on the menu on our website.) Please ask any questions you may have here or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Challenges have been a part of the SWG since our group was formed in 2005. Before the archive, there were challenges. Before References or any special projects or B2MeM or any of the myriad things we've done over the last decade-plus, there were challenges. From 2005 through 2008, we offered at least one challenge every month. In 2009, we switched to a quarterly format. Challenges were always entirely self-directed: You did not have to sign up, post your work by a certain date, or meet any other requirements.
Beginning in January 2017, we instituted several changes to the SWG challenges. We reverted back to the monthly format. But more importantly, we also modified our participation rules to encourage participation from both authors and commenters. Please read the guidelines below to participate in our challenges. Participants--both authors and reviewers--will receive a small monthly prize for their participation.
Please note that every challenge that has ever been offered by the SWG will continue to remain on the site, available for perusal and use by creators of fanworks who are looking for inspiration. Even if the deadline is passed, you are welcome to use the challenges listed on our site. And reviews of past challenge stories are always welcome and always receive a reward for that month. Again, the guidelines below have full details.