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Morning Hath Broken (2/3?) by Kaylee Arafinwiel (Revolution)
by kayleelupin (kayleelupin)
at February 20th, 2017 (11:11 pm)

Title: Morning Hath Broken, Chapter Two: Doriath
Author: kayleelupin
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: 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.
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Morning Hath Broken (1/3?) by Kaylee Arafinwiel (Revolution)
by kayleelupin (kayleelupin)
at February 19th, 2017 (12:34 pm)

Title: Morning Hath Broken, Chapter One: Harlindon
Author: kayleelupin
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: 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 :) )
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late entry for Taboo Challenge
by just_jenni (just_jenni)
at February 18th, 2017 (04:12 pm)

Title: 100 Days of Silence
Author: just_jenni
Rating: Adult
Warnings: None
Summary: 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.

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February 2017 Challenge: Revolution!
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at February 15th, 2017 (06:57 pm)

SWG Revolution Challenge

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.

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January Taboo Challenge Stories
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at February 11th, 2017 (08:50 pm)

Silmarillion Writers&apos; Guild January 2017 Taboo Challenge

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.

Aftermath by Lyra. After the Darkening, Nerdanel struggles to pick up the pieces of her life - a difficult job with the legacy her husband has left her.

Assignation by Dawn Felagund. When Turgon discovers a forbidden affair between his sister Aredhel and cousin Curufin, he has all intentions of telling his father. But Aredhel and his cousins devise a way to keep safe the secrecy of an affair that will span ages. Aredhel/Curufin/Celegorm

By Any Other Name by Tyelca. After Fëanor’s death, Curufin writes a letter to his father and ponders with which name to sign.

Dancing in the Dark by Grundy. History remembers Curufin as the villain. There are a few who think better of him.

Decisions by Silver Trails. Caranthir tries to understand his feelings.

Hymn to Disturbia by Tyelca. Gondolin falls, and Maeglin has one last mission to fulfill: kill Tuor and claim Idril as his own.

In Between by Himring. Thengel of Rohan and Morwen of Lossarnach had two daughters that were born in Gondor, before Thengel's father died and he returned to Rohan to take up the kingship. Such a daughter might have found it easy to adjust--or she might not...

Long Pork by Fernstrike. Galadriel attends the wedding of Beren and Luthien, newly returned from their journey to Angband. There, a roast boar is cause for the resurgence of old, bad memories - and consideration of what truly makes one an outsider in Doriath.

Mirror Image by Tyelca. Curufin is troubled, and Fëanor decides to talk to him. Fluff!

My Heart on My Skin by Oshun. Fingon wants a graphic symbol of his love. In this world—Tirion, Age of the Trees, my personal canon—Fingon is in a committed relationship. He is of age, although barely, and his cousin Finrod (Ingo herein) is only a few years younger. But despite youth and questionable judgment, Fingon is his own man and does not need this ploy to attract and hold the attention of his beloved. (But Fingon never gets tired of trying ever more extreme stunts to prove his love to Maedhros.)

ostracism and exile by hennethgalad. the first meeting of Voronwë and Tuor

Pariahs by LadyBrooke. The Sindar will not conform, in names, trust, or Kings. Elu, Nimloth, and Oropher are reborn rulers in a society that sees them as primatives.

religious taboos by hennethgalad. Tuor tells his son that he will sail with Idril to Valinor.

sexual deviance by hennethgalad. Tuor seeks the aid of Voronwë in preparing for his wedding

Solitude by Erulisse. It is written that Melkor was imprisoned in the depths of Mandos for Three Aeons after his capture in Middle Earth. Studies in modern times have proven that true solitary confinement leads to madness and that interaction with others is essential to mental stability and healing. Yet, Melkor sat isolated and alone - was he already insane, or did his extreme solitude tip the balance and plunge him into deeper madness. I present a conversation between Melkor and Namo written for the Taboo challenge categories of Murder, Cannibalism, Ostracism and Exile and Consequences.

stigma by hennethgalad. Tuor is helped to fit in in Gondolin

table manners by hennethgalad. Maeglin is envious of the beauty of Tuor

Taboos Were Made To Be Broken by Kaylee Arafinwiel. A collection of Silmfic written for SWG’s January 2017 ‘Taboo’ prompts. Some will be co-written with, or perhaps solely written by, my co-author and dear friend Emma, and those will be noted.

The End of All Things by Tyelca. An Orc dies; what happens when he wakes up again in the Halls of Mandos and is forced to remember that he too belonged to the race of the Eldar?

The Vala, the Hound and the Elfling by Tyelca. Of how Huan came to be in Celegorm's care. Features a Vala without a sense of time, a puppy that does not yet know how to behave, and a curious little Elfling wanting to speak with birds and foxes.

Participants (authors and reviewers), I will be starting on stamp collections tonight and hope to have them all sent out by the end of the weekend. Keep an eye on the email you have registered with the SWG archive! Our new challenge will be announced on Wednesday, 15 February.

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Fanart: Fingon
by Alassë (alasse_mirimiel)
at February 8th, 2017 (11:31 pm)

Link goes to my LJ

( Prayer to Manwë  )

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One Week Left in the Taboo Challenge!
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at February 3rd, 2017 (10:50 pm)

banner for the SWG Taboo challenge

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.

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February 2017 Newsletter Posted
by russandol (nelyo_russandol)
at February 3rd, 2017 (06:17 pm)

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 moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.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.

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January 2017 Challenge: Taboo
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at January 15th, 2017 (11:36 am)

banner for SWG January 2017 challenge Taboo

All cultures have behaviors that are forbidden. And frankly, our beloved Silmarillion characters get up to quite a lot of them.

This month's theme is Taboo and features a bingo card for participants to self-select a prompt or prompts to inspire their fanworks. To participate as a creator, you need only to create a fanwork using one prompt; however, for the more adventurous among us, we encourage you to combine prompts, complete rows, or attempt one of the dozen variations of card patterns. You may use multiple prompts in a single fanwork or use prompts to inspire multiple fanworks.

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To be eligible for this month's stamp, you must post your response to the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017. (Fanworks that are not fiction, nonfiction/essays, poetry, script/screenplay, podfic, and other audio can be posted to the SWG LiveJournal community or the SWG Dreamwidth community. All of the formats listed above must be posted on the SWG archive to count.)

Please comment here with the prompt(s) you've selected. More than one person can claim a prompt. You're also welcome to share a link to your response here when it's finished!

To participate as a reviewer, review one, several, or all of the responses posted for the Taboo challenge. There is no deadline to comment on fanworks and receive a stamp as a reviewer, but please email us if you are commenting on a challenge that is more than two months old.

Refer to the full challenge guidelines for more information. Comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org with questions.

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New Challenge Guidelines
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at January 11th, 2017 (08:03 pm)

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 moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

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.

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