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August non-fiction

Just a brief reminder before the official announcement, which will go up later this month. August will be our annual non-fiction challenge. Since non-fiction can be more time consuming than fiction, we're posting a little heads up.

There are no prompts or themes for non-fiction; the topic is up to you. Your piece only has to have something to do with Tolkien's work and world.
It's July, and that means it's time for our annual Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge! The July Challenge will have will have the theme "Arrivals and Departures". Stories can reflect either an arrival or a departure or both. The element will be a number between 101 and 400. Interested authors can reply to this announcement and claim a number. No one will be allowed to have a number previously claimed. Whatever number is chosen will be the word count for your ficlet-- if you choose 237 your story must have exactly 237 words!

The July challenge stories will be due Monday, July 13th and will be revealed on Wednesday, July 16th. Please tag your story "challenge: arrivals and departures", "flf" and "month: 2015 july". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Frodo's Amazing Adventure by Mary Sue").



You have only to comment with your number here, that will be your element; do not choose a number someone else has selected. You will not need to wait for a prompt.

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

Numbers chosen:
300
372
333
315
301
313
222

June 2015 Challenge: Wisdom

The June Challenge stories, with the theme of "Wisdom" have now been posted. Stories focused on some aspect of that topic prompts for the challenge were a proverb; the proverb which could be quoted in the story, used as a title, or just used as inspiration.

Learning a Language by Silver Trails Maedhros visits Caranthir at Lake Helevorn and learns something about his brother.

The First Finwean Sandcastle Building Competition by klose During an extended family trip to Alqualondë, the younger sons of Fëanor go up against the sons of Fingolfin and Finarfin in a sandcastle building competition. Things go awry. Turgon learns a thing or two about the making and breaking of fortresses, and Fingon spouts many proverbs in the name of brotherly comfort.

"In the Company of Hobbits" by ShireboundLegolas senses he will play a part in fulfilling Gimli's final request.

Against the Darkness by Ness Aragorn and Halbarad are having a philosophical discussion.

Burning the Midnight Oil by Linda Hoyland Faramir is concerned that Aragorn is working too hard.

To Take what You Like by Larner Lobelia Bracegirdle Sackville-Baggins rethinks the lives of herself and her son.

Great Souls by Dreamflower Aragorn learns a bit of wisdom from Gandalf when he first meets him that he often has occasion to remember. Five vignettes.

Isilmë’s Gift, by Talullah Red Isilmë has a visitor.

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

Isilmë’s Gift, by Talullah Red

Author: Talullah Red
Title: Isilmë’s Gift
Rating: G
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: No life can be dreary when work is a delight.
Author's Notes: Írimon is Tar-Meneldur’s birth name; Anardil is Tar-Aldarion’s birth name
Summary: Isilmë has a visitor.
Word Count: 2520

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Great Souls by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Great Souls
Rating: G
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: This proverb: A little body doth often harbour a great soul.
Author's Notes: See the end of the story.
Summary: Aragorn learns a bit of wisdom from Gandalf when he first meets him that he often has occasion to remember. Five vignettes.
Word Count: 3,217

Great Souls

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To Take what You Like - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: To Take what You Like
Rating: G
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: If you see something you like, take it and make it better.
Author's Notes: For Nilmandra for her birthday.
Summary: Lobelia Bracegirdle Sackville-Baggins rethinks the lives of herself and her son.
Word Count: 1,151

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Burning the Midnight Oil - Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland

Title: Burning the Midnight Oil

Rating: G

Theme: Wisdom

Elements: No man can be a good ruler unless he has first been ruled.

Author's Notes:

Summary: Faramir is concerned that Aragorn is working too hard.

Word Count: 915


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Against the Darkness by Ness

Author: Ness
Title: Against the Darkness
Rating: G
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: Necessity is a hard nurse, but she raises strong children.
Author's Notes: The prompt served as an inspiration.

philosophy = love of wisdom

"It is wisdom to recognize necessity (…)." - Gandalf, FOTR, The Council of Elrond.

Summary: Aragorn and Halbarad are having a philosophical discussion.
Word Count: 685

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"In the Company of Hobbits" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: In the Company of Hobbits
Rating: G
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: Cheerfulness smoothes the road of life.
Summary: Legolas senses he will play a part in fulfilling Gimli's final request.
Word Count: 585

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Author: klose
Title: The First Finwean Sandcastle Building Competition
Rating: PG
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: Proverb prompt - Hatred is as blind as love.
Summary: During an extended family trip to Alqualondë, the younger sons of Fëanor go up against the sons of Fingolfin and Finarfin in a sandcastle building competition. Things go awry. Turgon learns a thing or two about the making and breaking of fortresses, and Fingon spouts many proverbs in the name of brotherly comfort.
Author's Notes: Celegorm and Fingon are in the equivalent of our late teens; Caranthir - early teens, Turgon, Finrod & Curufin - precocious pre-tweens. Angrod is a toddler. *first-timer here; fingers crossed that I've fulfilled the theme*
Word Count: ~2100

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