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Author: Dreamflower
Title: Five Wizards Went Over the Sea
Rating: G
Theme: Laugh! (Humorous Poetry)
Elements: mendacity/veracity
Author's Notes: Originally just one limerick about Saruman. It grew.
Summary: The story of the Istari in limerick form.
Word Count: 191

Five Wizards Went Over the Sea

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In Angband that Night by Erulisse (one L)

Author: Erulisse (one L)
Title: In Angband That Night
Rating: PG
Theme: Laugh - Comic Poetry
Elements: malevolent/intelligent
Beta: No - errors are solely my own.
Word Count: 166

Summary: Malevolent and Intelligent? Those two elements brought Morgoth back from his holiday to demand that he be at the center of this poem with a spark of humor. Of course I listened to his directive…

Author’s Notes: Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sand box; I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.

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The Darkest Lord, by Rhymer

The title is The Darkest Lord, and Rhymer (me) did author it.
(This header, see, is all in verse: I don't know why I thought o' it!)
The rating is PG, and April's theme is verse of merriment:
Participants were sent a pair of rhyming words, their element:
Pontificate was one of mine, the other was participate.
The notes (in verse) are at the end: I'll leave you to anticipate.
The summary: Lord Sauron sings about his deeds nefarious,
The word count is six hundred words, a few, I hope, hilarious.

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Four for Bilbo! - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Four for Bilbo!
Rating: G
Theme: Laugh
Elements: timidity/rapidity
Author's Notes: For Rhyselle and Elveses for their birthdays. Enjoy!
Summary: Four limericks based on The Hobbit.
Word Count: 137

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"Sauron applies for his job", by Himring

Author: Himring

Title: Sauron applies for his job

Rating: PG

Theme: "Laugh!" (funny poetry)

Elements: commendable/dependable

Author's Notes: Not entirely in verse. Sorry! (Also warnings for every kind of anachronism.)

Summary: Before the throne of Angband, Sauron makes his application for the job of lieutenant to Morgoth, the Dark Lord. For reasons unknown and unexplained (possibly just to make things appropriately hellishly difficult) the application has to be made in rhyme...

Word Count: 165 words

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March 2014 Challenge: Show Don't Tell

The March Challenge stories, with the theme of "Show Don't Tell" have now been posted. The theme was to write a story with no spoken dialogue, and the prompts were gestures which had to be included in the story. We’ve had 8 entries so far.

The March Show Don't Tell Challenge

Rounded Up in the Woods by Dreamflower Merry and Pippin set out to capture the last of the Ruffians in the Shire
Snow on the Mountain by Linaewen Boromir and Aragorn struggle to make a path through the snow on the Caradhras mountainside.
"More Than Meets the Eye" by Shirebound At Bag End, Thorin catches a glimpse of Bilbo’s potential.
Too Good to Share, by Jay of Lasgalen Elladan is searching for something - but Elrohir keeps quiet.
Snowdrops, by Himring Valacar, prince of Gondor, is sent to Rhovanion to learn the ways of his father’s allies and falls in love with Vidumavi, the daughter of his host.
The Ambush by Larner The dog fox finds his family's rest disturbed one evening.
In His Hands by Rhymer Sometimes the most important things of all can be conveyed without a word. A soldier of Gondor, serving under Captain Thorongil, is about to learn this lesson. He will never forget it, even as decades pass, and the world is changed.
Flight by Erulisse (one L) Galadriel crosses the Helcaraxë.

I hope you will check out the stories, and let the authors know how you liked them!

And authors, remember that late entries are always welcome!

April 2014 Poetry Challenge: Laugh!

The April Challenge will have the theme "Laugh!"; in honor of the fact that April is National Poetry Month, we are asking the participants to try their hand at a humorous poem! Prompts will be a pair of rhyming words--you may use them in the poem or in the title or just use them as inspiration.

So try your hand at a bit of funny verse, be it a limerick, a filk, a parody, a clerihew or whatever you can come up with to give us a chuckle! This article about humor in poetry might give you a few ideas!

The April challenge poems will be due Monday April 21,and will be revealed on Wednesday, April 23. Please tag your story "challenge: funny poetry" and "2014 april". 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.

To request your prompt, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at or

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

Rounded Up in the Woods by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Rounded Up in the Woods
Rating: PG-13 for violence
Theme: "Show Don't Tell" no-dialogue challenge
Elements: held up his/her hand
Author's Notes: Beta by lindelea1
Summary: "The task of hunting out the last remnant of the ruffians was left to Merry and Pippin, and it was soon done. The southern gangs, after hearing the news of the Battle of Bywater, fled out of the land and offered little resistance to the Thain. Before the Year's End the few survivors were rounded up in the woods, and those that surrendered were shown to the borders." (RotK, Book VI, Chapter VIII, "The Scouring of the Shire"
Word Count: 817

Rounded Up in the Woods
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Snow on the Mountain by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: Snow on the Mountain
Rating: G
Theme: Show Don't Tell
Elements: waved
Author's Notes: This tale is an edited-down version of a story I wrote a number of years ago, called Forcing a Path
Summary: Boromir and Aragorn struggle to make a path through the snow on the Caradhras mountainside.
Word Count: 591 as counted by Jarte
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"More Than Meets the Eye" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: More Than Meets the Eye
Rating: G
Theme: Show Don’t Tell (A story that includes no dialogue)
Assigned Element: A gesture or action that one of your characters must perform during the story is: "gestured with his/her chin".
Summary: At Bag End, Thorin catches a glimpse of Bilbo’s potential.
Word Count: 438

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