May 19th, 2009

LOTR Challenges 3 by judy

May 2009 Challenge Stories: "Fix the Movies"

The May 2009 Challenge stories, with the theme of "Fix the Movies" have been posted. The challenge was to write a story that would explain something from the movies, or fill in a missing scene, or otherwise reconcile a difference between the books and the movies; the individual element assigned to each author was a flower. We’ve had eight entries so far.

May 2009 Challenge: "Fix the Movies"

Where Was Imrahil? by Stefania The city of Dol Amroth faces certain destruction by a Corsair fleet. Prince Imrahil has a plan to save them, but it is fraught with risk.

Strolling with a Hobbit by nancylea57 Bypassing Cormallen leaves out many important healing and reconciling moments. Let’s try this one on.

Repeat by Pearl Took Odo Proudfoot receives a shock

Interlude in Buckland by Dreamflower What happened after the four hobbits got the ferry across the Brandywine, before they headed to Bree?

Last Will and Testament - by Larner For the movies, Sam, Merry, and Pippin accompany Gandalf, Frodo, and Bilbo to the Grey Havens, believing they are merely seeing Bilbo leaving with the Elves. They are surprised to learn Gandalf and Frodo are going as well. The movies end with Sam returning to Rosie, Elanor, and Frodo-lad in Number 3, Bagshot Row.

So, how do we reconcile this with book-verse, and how does Sam come to realize he is now Frodo's heir, and that he inherits Bag End as well as everything else? How does he know what Frodo wishes for him?

On the Stairs of Cirith Ungol by Lbilover When Sam falls asleep, Gollum lays a trap to turn Frodo against Sam. Will he succeed?

Small Heroes, Mighty Deeds by PipMer What happened after Pippin risked his life to light the beacons?

Tip of the Thorn by nancylea57 The Return of the King: The Tower of Cirith Ungol:

Book: “He was naked, lying as if in a swoon on a heap of filthy rags: his arms flung up, shielding his head and across his side there ran an ugly whip-weal.”

Movie: “We best find you some clothes. You can’t go walking through Mordor in naught but your skin.”
(Ps. At this point he’s still in some form of trousers.)A drabble.

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!
LOTR Challenges 4 by judy

The June Challenge

The June Challenge will have a theme of "The Wedding of your Nightmares". June weddings seem a natural for next month's theme, but we wanted something just a little different, soemthing with a twist, so for this challenge, think up a wedding disaster! Was the wedding threatened by fire, flood or natural disaster? An invasion of enemies or unpleasant relatives? Did the bride break a nail? Was the groom nearly late? So much can go wrong on that Big Day! Your element will be taken from that famous poem about weddings, and it's possible more than one author will have the same prompt. It's what you do with it that counts!

Stories will be due the weekend of Friday, June 12, and will be revealed on Monday the 15th. Please tag your story "wedding nightmares"

To request your elements, 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 that we will have lots of participants for the June challenge!