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March 2017 Spring Fever Challenge

The March challenge will have the theme "Spring Fever". Stories should be hurt/comfort and set in the springtime. Elements for the challenge will be healing herbs.

The March challenge stories will be due on Friday, March 17th and will be revealed on Monday, March 20th. Please tag your story "challenge: spring fever" and "month: 2017 march". Please remember to use the following header template (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.



To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address, if you are comfortable doing so, so that I can send you your elements, or you can email the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our March challenge!

(Posted by Dawn)

"Battle Harp", by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Battle Harp
Rating: PG (for canonical violence)
Theme: Art's Desire (February Challenge)
Prompt: Rohan Icons created by Oshun for the July 2012 Art Challenge: Miniature.
Author's Notes: Oshun comments on the icons: "It is part of my own personal, perhaps AU, canon to imagine that the Rohan as an oral culture made use of harps, including battle harps." The icons, which depict riders and a harp, are here: http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=2184&chapter=1
Summary: An early encounter between Gleowine the minstrel and the battle harp--and  also between Gleowine and his future king, Theoden, son of Thengel.
Word Count: c.630 words

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Morning Expedition by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Morning Expedition in Rivendell
Rating: G
Theme: Art's Desire
Elements: This picture by rs9 She kindly gave me permission to us her lovely art as an illustration in this story.
Summary: Aragorn and Arwen include Frodo in an early morning outing.
Word Count: 1,679

Morning Expedition

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Fic: A Friend Here by Talullah Red

Author: Talullah Red
Title: A Friend Here
Rating: G
Theme: Animal Friends
Elements: "Once bitten, twice shy, my mother used to tell me."
Author's Notes: Of course Beruthiel loved cats – that’s why she had ten of them. The people who told her story know nothing about felines and their owners. :P
Summary: Beruthiel is angry and alone but someone is ready to enter her life.
Word Count: 409

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Fic: Artanis’s Letter by Talullah Red

Author: Talullah Red
Title: Artanis’s Letter
Rating: PG
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: remind (-ed; -ing)
Author's Notes: Over a year later, here comes the story for the prompt!
Summary: Nienna and her student, Artanis, talk about family matters.
Word Count: 300 words

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Waiting for News by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: Waiting for News
Rating: G
Theme: January Potluck, Waiting (May 2016)
Elements: From Lord of the Rings:
Then turning again to Frodo, he spoke in a quiet voice once more. 'To those questions I guess that you could make some answer, Frodo son of Drogo. But not here or now. maybe. But lest you still should think my tale a vision, I will tell you this. The horn of Boromir at least returned in truth, and not in seeming. The horn came, but it was cloven in two, as it were by axe or sword. The shards came severally to shore: one was found among the reeds where watchers of Gondor lay, northwards below the infalls of the Entwash; the other was found spinning on the flood by one who had an errand in the water. Strange chances, but murder will out, 'tis said.

'And now the horn of the elder son lies in two pieces upon the lap of Denethor, sitting in his high chair, waiting for news. And you can tell me nothing of the cleaving of the horn? '

'No, I did not know of it,' said Frodo. `But the day when you heard it blowing, if your reckoning is true, was the day when we parted, when I and my servant left the Company. And now your tale fills me with dread. For if Boromir was then in peril and was slain, I must fear that all my companions perished too. And they were my kindred and my friends.

Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers, Chapter 5. The Window on the West

Summary: Fathers wait for news of their sons.
Word Count: 816

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"Detour" by Dawn Felagund

Author: dawn_felagund
Title: Detour
Rating: PG-13 for mild sexual content (Maedhros/Fingon), mild violence, and reference to character death
Theme: I am writing for the leftover Yule Exchange prompt, originally requested by silver_trails: "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."
Author's Notes: I have lately been unable to stop writing stories about the Finwëans as they are released from the halls of Mandos and into a version of Tirion they could never have imagined. Finarfin has unkinged himself and, against the will of the Valar, established Tirion as a democratic republic. I don't believe that familiarity with the earlier stories is required to understand this one, but if you're curious: Bone-White and Museum for the Forgotten. (Incidentally, "Bone-White" was also written for a request by Silver Trails, so she can really be blamed for a lot of this. ;) Please see the endnotes for translations of Quenya names.
Summary: It is the Fifth Age of Arda. Finarfin has unkinged himself and declared Tirion a democracy, and the Noldorin people are alive with the possibilities to be found in their new existence. Yet Maedhros, more than ten years after his release from the halls of Mandos, has retreated to a life of apathy and loneliness, until one day, Anairë comes to deliver him news that he never hoped to receive: His cousin Fingon has been released from Mandos. (Maedhros/Fingon)
Word Count: 7,900

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On the Job Learning by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: On the Job Learning
Rating: G j
Theme: January Potluck Challenge
Prompt: "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)".
Author's Notes: This story has an OC of mine, Merry's nursemaid, who has appeared in several of my other stories. It's not necessary to have read them to understand this story. In fact, chronologically speaking, this will be her first appearance.
Hobbit ages--I go by the fanon two-thirds ratio, which means that at 14, Frodo is about the same physically and emotionally as an 8½ to 9 year old Man-child, and at nearly a year old, Merry is closer to our idea of 8 months old. I have arbitrarily given Merry the birthday of Feb. 14 (or Solmath 14 in the Shire Calendar) because I felt the date symbolically suited my idea of his personality as a rather gallant and romantic hobbit.
At this point in time in canon, the Master and Mistress of Brandy Hall are Merry's grandfather and grandmother, Rorimac and Menegilda. I have given Saradoc the title of Son of the Hall, and Esmeralda is referred to as "the young Mistress".
Summary: Merry's new nursemaid must learn that her job is more than just taking care of the baby. Sometimes it's letting someone else do that job.
Word Count: 3,432

On the Job Learning

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January 2017 Potluck Links

The January potluck entries have been posted. Only two stories were in the queue with much more interest expressed initially, so please remember that late entries are perfectly acceptable. I will unlock them and add them to the list as they come in. Please check out the potluck stories and consider leaving the author a review!

Artanis's Letter by talullahred. Nienna and her student, Artanis, talk about family matters.

Baby Sam by kgreen20. During a Yule visit to Bag End following his parents’ death, Frodo meets baby Samwise.

Detour by dawn_felagund. It is the Fifth Age of Arda. Finarfin has unkinged himself and declared Tirion a democracy, and the Noldorin people are alive with the possibilities to be found in their new existence. Yet Maedhros, more than ten years after his release from the halls of Mandos, has retreated to a life of apathy and loneliness, until one day, Anairë comes to deliver him news that he never hoped to receive: His cousin Fingon has been released from Mandos. (Maedhros/Fingon)

A Friend Here by talullahred. Beruthiel is angry and alone but someone is ready to enter her life.

On the Job Learning by dreamflower02. Merry's new nursemaid must learn that her job is more than just taking care of the baby. Sometimes it's letting someone else do that job.

The Tribute of the Insects by blslarner. Even the insects of Gondor appear willing to honor the new King!

Waiting for News by lin4gondor. Fathers wait for news of their sons.

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 January 2017 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)
Author: kgreen20
Title: Baby Sam
Rating: G
Theme: January 2017 Potluck Challenge (December: From the 2016 Yule Exchange)
Prompt: “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)”.
Elements: Yule, infancy, grief
Author's Notes: Bilbo, Frodo, Saradoc, Esmeralda, and the Gamgees do not belong to me, but to J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m simply making use of them.
Summary: During a Yule visit to Bag End following his parents’ death, Frodo meets baby Samwise. Many thanks to Dreamflower for beta-reading my story!
Word Count: 1,118 words
Baby Sam

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