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So I messed up last week when I released the Gratitude stories from the queue. We mod-people have been making some organizational changes, and this challenge happened to fall between the old system and the new, and I didn't think to check that they were consistent. (And they weren't.)

I've been releasing new stories as they've come in this week, but I also wanted to repost the links list so that all of our authors' work has an equal chance to be seen. Consider dropping by and letting one of this month's authors know if you like their work!

November was our annual drabble challenge, in which the participants write a 100-, 150-, 200-, or 300-word story about the theme of "Gratitude" that includes a random word as an element.

Paying It Forward by shirebound. The gift of learning that Bilbo gave Sam years before comes full circle.
At Last Relief by lin4gondor. Boromir finds relief at the end of his journey.
Memories of Cleansing by blslarner. Frodo remembers the healing he's known on Tol Eressea.
Pass It On by dreamflower02. The Gamgee family knows how to appreciate one another.
Every Breath by hhimring. Fingon has rescued his cousin Maedhros from Thangorodrim--their thoughts on the subject of obligation and gratitude.

Authors, I will be adding any stories to the MPTT archive at the end of the week that haven't been added already. I will let you know when I do, but if you get a chance to get your story added before then, that would be a tremendous help. I've created the challenge series and you can add your story to the challenge series, or I will do so at the end of the week.

(Posted by Dawn)

Every Breath, by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Every Breath
Rating: PG13
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: beholden
Author's Notes: Two short monologues, rather than a dialogue. (I do write Fingon/Maedhros but this piece has no sexual content.)
Summary: Fingon has rescued his cousin Maedhros from Thangorodrim--their thoughts on the subject of obligation and gratitude.
Word Count: 100 (2 x 50)

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Pass It On by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Pass It On
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: reciprocity
Author's Notes: Although I did not use the word in the double drabble, it's what it's all about.
Summary: The Gamgee family knows how to appreciate one another.
Word Count: 200 (double drabble)

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Memories of Cleansing - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Memories of Cleansing
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: "tears of joy"
Author's Notes: For Illereyn and Nierielraina's birthdays as well as Thanksgiving
Summary: Frodo remembers the healing he's known on Tol Eressea.
Word Count: 200

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2016 MPTT YULE BANNER

Because the comments are screened in the post for claiming the requests, please direct any questions you have about it to this post. Thank you!

2016 Yule Fic Exchange: Claim Your Requests

2016 MPTT YULE BANNER

IF you signed up for the 2016 LOTR GFIC Yule Fic Exchange the requests are behind the cut. ONLY those who signed up at this post are eligible to choose a request, and ALL who signed up are obligated to write a story. Read more...Collapse )

You can refresh your memory of the rules and deadlines HERE.

Since the comments are being screened, we cannot answer any questions at this post. Please direct your questions HERE.

2016 Yule Exchange Requests

LIST A


1A. I would like a story featuring Boromir and Faramir, a journey, and snow.

2A. What was happening in Rivendell during the quest? PJ makes some suggestions but Tolkien does not. What do you think was happening?

3A. How did the residents or Imladris react -- and adapt -- to Bilbo coming to live there permanently? (Possible ideas: Did anyone know that he was coming? How frail or vigorous was he when he arrived? Did anyone meet him at the border? Was he alone? Who set up his room? How did someone react who had never seen a hobbit before? What kind of luggage had Bilbo brought, and was it enough?)

4A. Maglor gen, living with Avarin found family/family of choice in the East, and something involving winter. Hurt/comfort would be lovely, as long as it isn’t Maglor reminiscing about his past.

5A. I would like a Fingon and Maedhros story, where they love each other. It can be set in Tirion, in Middle-earth, or after they come out of the Halls.

6A. Vidumavi and Valacar on their first Yule together. There's snow and all the most adorable Yule tropes you can thing of. I'd love a fluffy piece but if you want to add something more reflexive to it, or a hint of darkness, it's also fine, as long as they end up happy and in love.

7A. Boromir's first thoughts on realizing just who Aragorn is and his possible position within Gondor should the war lead to the end of Sauron's threat.

8A. Use a fairytale in some fashion, either by reworking one or just using it as general inspiration, with Gildor OR Maglor as the main character.

9A. Gildor as a main character with any or all of these prompts: spice, miscommunication and gold.

10A. A post-LotR story involving Elladan and Elrohir choosing to go to Valinor.

11A. I would like a fluffy Yule hobbit tale featuring one of the families on the hobbit family trees. It could be during the childhood of one of the parents or grandparents of the main characters, or it could be a family we don't know much about, like the Boffins or the Cottons.

LIST B


1B. I would like a story featuring Merry and Pippin having an adventure in Rivendell before setting out on the quest. The story can be either serious or humorous or a combination of both!

2B. Elrond hurt comfort

3B. Frodo was 12 when Sam was born, 14 when Merry was born, and 22 when Pippin was born. I'd love to read a story where he's interacting with one of his baby cousins (or Sam).

4B. I would like a story where Glorfindel and Elladan love each other.

5B. Elwing and Eärendil's first Yule in Sirion. I'd like something light and dark, please. Given the circumstances they would be traumatized, but the people around them would be making efforts for them and the other children. If you're one of the Nimloth-survives type, it's fine by me.

6B. A reminiscence from Bilbo as told to Frodo to explain how his feelings toward the Dwarves changed during the quest for Erebor.

7B. Erestor: salt, ochre and dawn. Wherever it takes you. Have fun with it.

8B. Erestor, please and the elements of miscommunication, sunset and tea

9B. Legolas and Gimli's trip to the West (can include decision stage, planning, boat building, travel--any or all of the above).

10B. A hobbit version of “A Christmas Carol” featuring either Lobelia or Lotho in the Scrooge role.

Any prompts not chosen will be used in the January Potluck challenge.

November 2016 Drabble Challenge: Gratitude

The November entries, with the theme of "Gratitude," have now been posted. This month was our annual drabble challenge, in which the participants write a 100-, 150-, 200-, or 300-word story that includes a random word as an element.

Paying It Forward by shirebound. The gift of learning that Bilbo gave Sam years before comes full circle.
At Last Relief by lin4gondor. Boromir finds relief at the end of his journey.
Memories of Cleansing by blslarner. Frodo remembers the healing he's known on Tol Eressea.
Pass It On by dreamflower02. The Gamgee family knows how to appreciate one another.
Every Breath by hhimring. Fingon has rescued his cousin Maedhros from Thangorodrim--their thoughts on the subject of obligation and gratitude.

In addition, we had a late entry submitted for the July fixed-length ficlet challenge "Family Reunion":

Bring Back the Light by silver_trails. Fëanáro meets someone again.

We hope that you enjoy the stories and let the authors know!

Bring Back the Light by Silver Trails

Author: Silver Trails
Title: Bring Back the Light
Rating: G
Theme: July Fixed Length Challenge
Elements: Family Reunion
Author's Notes: This story is set after the Dagor Dagorath
Summary:Fëanáro meets someone again.
Word Count:400

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At Last Relief

Author: Linaewen
Title: At Last, Relief
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: Fixed length fic containing the word obligated
Summary: Boromir finds relief at the end of his journey.
Word Count: 150 as counted by Jarte

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"Paying it Forward" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: Paying it Forward
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: gracious (kind)
Author's Notes: N/A
Summary: The gift of learning that Bilbo gave Sam years before comes full circle.
Word Count: 300

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