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A Very Special Challenge!

On July 27, the Lord of the Rings GenFic Community's archive, Many Paths to Tread will be celebrating its third anniversary!

That's right, MPTT has been open for three years! As part of our celebration, we'd like to invite everyone to take part in a special challenge.

The name of the archive was taken from the hobbits' walking song in the chapter "Three's Company". Behind the cut are the lyrics of the entire song. We invite you to choose a line from it-- any line you wish-- and write a story or poem or create a work of art based on that line.

Post the works to this community before July 27, but be SURE to put in the subject line:
"Anniversary Special: title by your name".
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, AS THERE WILL ALSO BE ENTRIES FOR JULY'S STORY AND ART CHALLENGES IN THE QUEUE!!! For written entries, follow the guidelines and use the header for stories given on the community user info page; for art entries, use the art header given there. Tag your entries "third anniversary".

Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed,
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still round the corner we may meet:
A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.

Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
Let them pass! Let them pass!
Hill and water under sky,
Pass them by! Pass them by!

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though we pass them by today
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.

Apple, thorn, and nut and sloe,
Let them go! Let them go!
Sand and stone and pool and dell,
Fare you well! Fare you well!

Home is behind, the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead
We'll wander back to home and bed.

Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
And then to bed! And then to bed!

(J.R.R. Tolkien)


We hope we will have many entries of stories and art to help us celebrate! Please comment here with any questions you may have!

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shirebound
Jun. 5th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous idea.
dreamflower02
Jun. 5th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We mods had an idea of a special challenge, but using the poem was pearltook1's idea!
(no subject) - shirebound - Jul. 8th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC) - Expand
ellynn_ithilwen
Jun. 5th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Do we have to comment here to "claim" some verse, or can we simply take it and write?
dreamflower02
Jun. 5th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Just take it and write! This is much less formal than our usual monthly challenges, and we'd like to encourage a lot of participation!

But it would be nice if people did comment just saying if they are going to participate. Not a requirement though.
huinare
Jun. 5th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh no, another fun-sounding challenge! If I can get out of my bizarre writer's torpor, I will be participating.
dreamflower02
Jun. 6th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
*grin*
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dreamflower02
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
It is, isn't it? But I always think of it as far more cheerful as well...
meneleth
Jun. 6th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Ooo, this sounds exciting! I may have to give it a try!
dreamflower02
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you do!
baranduin
Jun. 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
What a great challenge!
dreamflower02
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This idea was <lj user="pearltook1")'s, and we thought it was brilliant!
songspinner9
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Ironically, as I was thinking I hadn't done much in the way of LOTR lately, I got to show the films to my students at school for our scifi/fantasy lit unit (a good end of the year thing to do...) and I think I shall be inspired again. :)
dreamflower02
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love that! You used to write such lovely fics for Marigold's Challenge!
keiliss
Jun. 6th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
This is a lovely idea with so many possibilities.
dreamflower02
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
We are hoping so! We'd love to have lots of participation!
lin4gondor
Jun. 6th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
This is a great way to celebrate a special anniversary. I'll be participating! There are so many good lines in this song, I'll surely get inspired with one of them. ;-)
thrihyrne
Jun. 19th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I started a Gimli-centric fic last year which happens to be a travel fic and could well fit this challenge- I'll use this as my impetus to finish the story!!
lindahoyland
Jun. 24th, 2012 11:03 am (UTC)
This sounds fun, I'll try and submit something. I don't know yet, whether a story or a picture.
sivanshemesh
Jul. 9th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'll try to write something for it.

ellynn_ithilwen
Jul. 10th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Just for the record - I'm in! :)
heartofoshun
Jul. 10th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
I made some icons; are those allowable under art? (Mine are not high art for sure, but made with love of the verse.)

Edited at 2012-07-10 09:45 pm (UTC)
dreamflower02
Jul. 10th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
They certainly are, and will be welcomed! You might also consider this month's regular Art Challenge! The theme this month is "Miniature" and icons would work there very well also!

We look forward to seeing them!
(no subject) - heartofoshun - Jul. 10th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
shirebound
Jul. 21st, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
Can we post the stories anytime before the 27th? I think I'll have mine finished by tomorrow. It's short, but I'm glad to be writing again.
dreamflower02
Jul. 21st, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, you certainly can! Just make sure to put "Anniversary Special" before the title and your name in the subject line!

I'm so excited!
(no subject) - shirebound - Jul. 21st, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
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