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"Molten Copper" by Fernstrike (Strength and Beauty Challenge)
by Sarah (fernstrike)
at March 21st, 2017 (01:02 am)

Title: Molten Copper
Artist/Author: Fernstrike
Genre: Fanart/Character Study
Rating: Gen
Characters: Maedhros, Fingon
Relationships: Basically Maedhros/Fingon
Notes: This is artwork and an accompanying drabble. It's for both the SWG March 2017 Challenge and for Fëanorian Week :-)

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March 2017 Challenge: Strength and Beauty
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at March 14th, 2017 (09:59 pm)

2017 Silmarillion Writers Guild Challenge Strength and Beauty

The next month is jam-packed with challenges. Back to Middle-earth Month continues through the end of March. Fëanorian Week runs from March 20th through 26th. And right on its heels is Silm Week, from April 3rd through 9th. A person would have to have the lifespan of the Elves packed into the next month to complete them all.

We are going to run our monthly challenge as usual, but we're keeping it deliberately low-key and encouraging participants to use the monthly prompt alongside one of the other several challenges going on. In fact, we will award special stamps for creators who use our prompt as part of one of the other fandom challenges running the same time as ours. (Please note in your summary or author's notes if your fanwork fits another challenge as well. As always, responses must be posted on our archive [or LJ for art entries].) You don't need to claim anything or sign up anywhere--just let your muses run with it!

For this month's challenge, create a fanwork about the following prompt. You may use any part or all of the quote.

"Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony,
but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful,
strength has much to do with the magic."

~Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Housekeeping Note: All stamp books should be up-to-date. All stamp books on archive profiles are up-to-date (unless you reduced the size of your image; then the image is up-to-date but the image map is not because, being dependent on coordinates, the links would be placed wrong on the image, so I did not update the image map code on your profile). If there is a mistake on yours, please let me know with a comment here or by email, and I will fix it asap.

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Revolution Challenge Stories and Art
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at March 11th, 2017 (12:34 pm)

SWG Revolution ChallengeYesterday, our February challenge, Revolution, closed with a total of 19 stories and artwork contributed! Below is a list of all of the challenge entries for Revolution. All links to stories go the Table of Contents, where you can view ratings, warnings, author's notes, and additional information about the story. If you like a piece, please consider letting the author or artist know.

And then he spoke by Hrymfaxe. Knowing his own fate, that he can speak only three times before his death, taking the leap and speaking that first time must have required courage from Huan. (Art)

Aurë entuluva! by Lyra. Húrin's famous battle cry makes a fine protest sign. Or maybe just a motivational postcard. (Art)

A Different Kind of Peace by Tyelca. During various moments in his life, Celebrimbor is forced to reconsider the meaning of peace.

Early Roman Kings by mangacrack. The degree of civilisation of a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Far Too Many of You Dying by StarSpray. After the Noldor depart, Alqualondë is left reeling.

Give Me Freedom, Give Me Fire by Fernstrike. In the week after the beginning of Dagor Bragollach, an elfling and his mother flee their settlement near the Fens of Serech. With his father's fate unknown and his home destroyed, the elfling considers what is to come next.

Like The Fall Of Night by hennethgalad. Morgoth sells the concept of swords to the elves through his minions.

Morning Hath Broken by Kaylee Arafinwiel. One fair morning in Harlindon, Oropher tells the story of the Iathrim's first sunrise to the most precious light of his life - his only remaining son.

Musical Interpretation by Erulisse. Feanaro intended his sons to be smiths or artists as he and Nerdanel were. His second son seems to have a different idea and when he spends a day at the Forge, it is a eye-opening experience for both Feanaro and his young son, Maglor.

No Small Dreams by just_jenni. After the Noldor are victorious in the Dagor-Nuin-Giliath Finrod and Turgon fall asleep beside the River Sirion while on a camping trip. Ulmo, having come up the river to find them, lays a deep sleep complete with heavy dreams upon them. Each elf will remember that his dream involved building new cities or realms which are places of refuge or retreats for their people during a peaceful time; for at any moment this peace could be broken by Morgoth and his evil army waging war on them once more.

This fic deals with the fact that despite being best friends (perhaps even closer than that) since childhood, neither Finrod nor Turgon will disclose each other's dream to one another. I tried to understand why they would not and describe the reasons they might have for not doing so.

Obsidian to Cut by LadyBrooke. He is reborn in Valinor, and they assume he died because the Kindi were incapable of standing against Morgoth, especially after their King and Princes were not.

The Parting of the Ways by Lyra. On the eve of the Great Journey, Morwë discusses his doubts with Finwë.

(The Noldor forget that their relatives weren't left behind on the March because they were incapable, but because they didn't wish to come.)

Standing Aside by Silver Trails. Maedhros must decide what to do after standing aside while his father and brothers burned the boats at Losgar.

Those Who Remain by Tyelca. In 1997, Maglor visits the musical The Scarlet Pimpernel shortly after the premiere, and one song in particular catches his attention.

Also featuring Fëanorian Stubbornness.

Three by the Door by Himring. Elros, future King of Numenor, makes the acquaintance of some of his future subjects--and finds out that some traditions that he thought forgotten have survived the drowning of Beleriand.

Uncertain Seas by Grundy. Today changed everything, and Artanis isn't certain of anything now.

We Weren't Born to Follow by oshun. The Noldor were always a contentious people. Finwë and Míriel before they leave on the great Trek across the mountains to the sea.

The World Will Know by Lotrfan. written for the Revolution Challenge 2017. The prompt was the song “The World Will Know” from Newsies.
“And the world will see that we had to choose
that the things we do today will be tomorrow’s news.
And the old will fall
And the young stand tall
And the time is now
And the winds will blow
And our ranks will grow and grow and grow and so
The world will feel the fire
And finally know!”

Your Image in an Antique Book by IgnobleBard. After the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, Maedhros revisits Fingon's fortress.

Some housekeeping details ...

I first want to give an enormous thank you to Lyra (oloriel), who helped us immensely with both prompts and stamps for the Revolution challenge.

The next challenge will be announced on 15 March, which is next Wednesday.

I made quite a bit of headway earlier this week on stamps for participants and reviewers, so updated stamp collections should be available by the end of the weekend. If you don't see your updates by Monday, please let me know, but please do not query before then.

Late entries are welcome for any challenge; however, late entries do not receive participant stamps for that month. If you want a prompt for Revolution, you can continue to request a prompt on the challenge post or contact the SWG mods.

On that note, we had a couple late entries for the Taboo challenge. Please stop by and check out these stories and show the authors some love! If you need an extra incentive, remember that review challenges never expire, so it's not too late to earn the pretty Taboo challenge reviewer stamps. ;)

Late Taboo Challenge Stories

100 Days of Silence by just_jenni. 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.

Fire and Worms by Tyelca. The ground is wet and rotten and the fire is wasteful, and madness slowly turns vices into virtues. Or is it the other way around?

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"Aurë entuluva" by Lyra (Revolution challenge)
by uncleftish beholding (oloriel)
at March 10th, 2017 (08:18 pm)

Title: Aurë entuluva!
Artist: Lyra
Genre: Sign/postcard
Warnings: bad calligraphy.
Characters: N/A (well, implied Húrin, I guess)
Summary: Húrin's famous battle cry makes a fine protest sign. Or maybe just a motivational postcard :P

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Crossposted to the B2MeM community. Thrift, thrift, Horatio...

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"And then he spoke" by Hrymfaxe (Revolution challenge)
by hrymfaxe (hrymfaxe)
at March 5th, 2017 (03:21 pm)

Title: And then he spoke
Artist: hrymfaxe
Genre: Fanart
Warnings: None
Characters: Huan and Luthien

"I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change…I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…."
– Erica Jong

Artist note: Knowing his own fate, that he can speak only three times before his death, taking the leap and speaking that first time must have required courage from Huan.

Link to my own journal

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March 2017 Newsletter Posted!
by russandol (nelyo_russandol)
at March 3rd, 2017 (09:15 pm)

The SWG's March 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Back to Middle-earth Month is here once more, running from 1st to 31st March 2017. The theme for this year is “Night and Day”, which presents prompts and challenges on a gameboard format. In our newsletter you will find all the details and links to the rules, participant banners and icons, and to the B2MeM mod team who have worked behind the scenes to plan and develop this event.

On the 15th February we launched our current challenge “Revolution!” under the new Challenges format. Participants receive a quotation, artwork, speech or song concerned with protest and revolution. If you want to take part, please head to our newsletter where you will find more information about this prompt and our new Challenges guidelines.

For the character biography this month, Oshun writes about Silmariën, the eldest child of the fourth king of Númenor. Born before women could hold the scepter, Silmariën receives little attention from Tolkien, but she links the Númenórean royal house back into the First Age and prior and forward even as far as the reign of Aragorn in the Fourth Age.

If you're looking for something new to read, over forty stories and poems were added or updated on our archive during the past month of February. 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 Oshun, Elleth, Rhapsody, Dawn, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.

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Challenges: One Week Left in Revolution! And Back to Middle-earth Month
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at March 3rd, 2017 (11:16 am)

SWG Revolution ChallengeJust a friendly reminder that fanworks for our current Revolution challenge are due in one week, on Friday 10 March, if you want to receive a stamp for that challenge. Late entries are always welcome but for purely practical reasons won't receive stamps if posted after the due date.

It is not too late to request a prompt for the Revolution challenge; either leave a comment on the Revolution challenge LJ post or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

Also, if you've happened to miss it, Back to Middle-earth Month (b2mem) is underway, this year with the theme Night and Day. We are using a gameboard this year that we hope will welcome those who want to create a fanwork or two, as well as those who want to work on something every day. See B2MeM 2017 rules for more details and check out the B2MeM 2017 gameboard for this year's prompts.

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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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