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SWG Revolution Challenge

On Modern-earth, in many parts of the world, February is Black History Month, a reminder of how justice is often wrested and seized from the powerful through the courage and sacrifices of the oppressed.

The early ages of Arda are likewise defined by revolution. Ossë's rebellion against Ulmo. The return of the Noldor to Middle-earth. Barahir's outlaws. The Kings' Men and the Elf-friends of Númenor. Into the Third Age, the Gondorians rebelled against the cruel usurpation of Castamir. Then of course there are the individual revolutionaries of Arda: Fëanor, Andreth, Aredhel, Isildur, Ar-Pharazon. (And who could forget the ur-revolutionary Melkor?) Between the lines, many fans read resistance against dominating--even colonialist--cultures by the unsung peoples and heroes of Middle-earth.

For this month's challenge, participants will receive a quotation, artwork, speech, or song concerned with protest and revolution. Your final piece does not have to include a revolution or concern revolution in any way, but you should use some aspect of your prompt in the final story. While not required, participants are encouraged to include characters of color or from underrepresented cultural groups.

Writers, comment here or email us to receive your prompt. Please specify if you have a preference for the format of your prompt (song, speech, art, or quotation).

If you want to create a fanwork other than fiction, your challenge is to create a piece of protest art in any format that you choose.

Participation stamps are available for both creators and reviewers. To be eligible for this month's stamp as a creator, you must post your response to the SWG archive no later than March 10, 2017. Review challenges never expire; however, we ask that you email us if you need a reviewer stamp for a challenge that is more than two months old.

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Silmarillion Writers' Guild January 2017 Taboo Challenge

Yesterday the January 2017 Taboo challenge closed with an incredible twenty entries. Here is a list of links to the stories written for our first new challenge. Check out these stories and consider leaving the authors a note if you enjoyed their work! (Remember that the review challenge never expires, and we have several stamps for reviewers that we'd love to give away ...)

All links go to the table of contents for the story, where you can view warnings, author's notes, and further details about the story.




Aftermath by Lyra. After the Darkening, Nerdanel struggles to pick up the pieces of her life - a difficult job with the legacy her husband has left her.

Assignation by Dawn Felagund. When Turgon discovers a forbidden affair between his sister Aredhel and cousin Curufin, he has all intentions of telling his father. But Aredhel and his cousins devise a way to keep safe the secrecy of an affair that will span ages. Aredhel/Curufin/Celegorm

By Any Other Name by Tyelca. After Fëanor’s death, Curufin writes a letter to his father and ponders with which name to sign.

Dancing in the Dark by Grundy. History remembers Curufin as the villain. There are a few who think better of him.

Decisions by Silver Trails. Caranthir tries to understand his feelings.

Hymn to Disturbia by Tyelca. Gondolin falls, and Maeglin has one last mission to fulfill: kill Tuor and claim Idril as his own.

In Between by Himring. Thengel of Rohan and Morwen of Lossarnach had two daughters that were born in Gondor, before Thengel's father died and he returned to Rohan to take up the kingship. Such a daughter might have found it easy to adjust--or she might not...

Long Pork by Fernstrike. Galadriel attends the wedding of Beren and Luthien, newly returned from their journey to Angband. There, a roast boar is cause for the resurgence of old, bad memories - and consideration of what truly makes one an outsider in Doriath.

Mirror Image by Tyelca. Curufin is troubled, and Fëanor decides to talk to him. Fluff!

My Heart on My Skin by Oshun. Fingon wants a graphic symbol of his love. In this world—Tirion, Age of the Trees, my personal canon—Fingon is in a committed relationship. He is of age, although barely, and his cousin Finrod (Ingo herein) is only a few years younger. But despite youth and questionable judgment, Fingon is his own man and does not need this ploy to attract and hold the attention of his beloved. (But Fingon never gets tired of trying ever more extreme stunts to prove his love to Maedhros.)

ostracism and exile by hennethgalad. the first meeting of Voronwë and Tuor

Pariahs by LadyBrooke. The Sindar will not conform, in names, trust, or Kings. Elu, Nimloth, and Oropher are reborn rulers in a society that sees them as primatives.

religious taboos by hennethgalad. Tuor tells his son that he will sail with Idril to Valinor.

sexual deviance by hennethgalad. Tuor seeks the aid of Voronwë in preparing for his wedding

Solitude by Erulisse. It is written that Melkor was imprisoned in the depths of Mandos for Three Aeons after his capture in Middle Earth. Studies in modern times have proven that true solitary confinement leads to madness and that interaction with others is essential to mental stability and healing. Yet, Melkor sat isolated and alone - was he already insane, or did his extreme solitude tip the balance and plunge him into deeper madness. I present a conversation between Melkor and Namo written for the Taboo challenge categories of Murder, Cannibalism, Ostracism and Exile and Consequences.

stigma by hennethgalad. Tuor is helped to fit in in Gondolin

table manners by hennethgalad. Maeglin is envious of the beauty of Tuor

Taboos Were Made To Be Broken by Kaylee Arafinwiel. A collection of Silmfic written for SWG’s January 2017 ‘Taboo’ prompts. Some will be co-written with, or perhaps solely written by, my co-author and dear friend Emma, and those will be noted.

The End of All Things by Tyelca. An Orc dies; what happens when he wakes up again in the Halls of Mandos and is forced to remember that he too belonged to the race of the Eldar?

The Vala, the Hound and the Elfling by Tyelca. Of how Huan came to be in Celegorm's care. Features a Vala without a sense of time, a puppy that does not yet know how to behave, and a curious little Elfling wanting to speak with birds and foxes.




Participants (authors and reviewers), I will be starting on stamp collections tonight and hope to have them all sent out by the end of the weekend. Keep an eye on the email you have registered with the SWG archive! Our new challenge will be announced on Wednesday, 15 February.
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banner for the SWG Taboo challenge

This is a friendly reminder that there is one week left in the Taboo challenge! Choose one, multiple, a row, or an entire card of prompts from our Taboo bingo card. Taboo challenge stories are due on the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017, in order to be eligible to receive a stamp for that month. That's one week away!

Of course, if inspiration strikes you after the 10th, you are welcome to continue using the challenge bingo card, but late entries will not receive stamps.

Our challenges involve both a writing and a reviewing component. Several Taboo stories have been posted already. Check out the Taboo stories here and consider reviewing one or a few (or all!) of them. There is no deadline for the review challenge.

Click here for the full challenge description and challenge guidelines.
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banner for SWG January 2017 challenge Taboo


All cultures have behaviors that are forbidden. And frankly, our beloved Silmarillion characters get up to quite a lot of them.

This month's theme is Taboo and features a bingo card for participants to self-select a prompt or prompts to inspire their fanworks. To participate as a creator, you need only to create a fanwork using one prompt; however, for the more adventurous among us, we encourage you to combine prompts, complete rows, or attempt one of the dozen variations of card patterns. You may use multiple prompts in a single fanwork or use prompts to inspire multiple fanworks.

Taboo Prompt Card )

To be eligible for this month's stamp, you must post your response to the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017. (Fanworks that are not fiction, nonfiction/essays, poetry, script/screenplay, podfic, and other audio can be posted to the SWG LiveJournal community or the SWG Dreamwidth community. All of the formats listed above must be posted on the SWG archive to count.)

Please comment here with the prompt(s) you've selected. More than one person can claim a prompt. You're also welcome to share a link to your response here when it's finished!

To participate as a reviewer, review one, several, or all of the responses posted for the Taboo challenge. There is no deadline to comment on fanworks and receive a stamp as a reviewer, but please email us if you are commenting on a challenge that is more than two months old.

Refer to the full challenge guidelines for more information. Comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org with questions.
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We will post our first new challenge on this coming Sunday, January 15th! Look out for new challenges on the 15th of every month. Below are the guidelines for the new challenge system. (Challenge guidelines and the current challenge can also be found by clicking on Challenges on the menu on our website.) Please ask any questions you may have here or drop us a line at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.




Challenges have been a part of the SWG since our group was formed in 2005. Before the archive, there were challenges. Before References or any special projects or B2MeM or any of the myriad things we've done over the last decade-plus, there were challenges. From 2005 through 2008, we offered at least one challenge every month. In 2009, we switched to a quarterly format. Challenges were always entirely self-directed: You did not have to sign up, post your work by a certain date, or meet any other requirements.

Beginning in January 2017, we instituted several changes to the SWG challenges. We reverted back to the monthly format. But more importantly, we also modified our participation rules to encourage participation from both authors and commenters. Please read the guidelines below to participate in our challenges. Participants--both authors and reviewers--will receive a small monthly prize for their participation.

Please note that every challenge that has ever been offered by the SWG will continue to remain on the site, available for perusal and use by creators of fanworks who are looking for inspiration. Even if the deadline is passed, you are welcome to use the challenges listed on our site. And reviews of past challenge stories are always welcome and always receive a reward for that month. Again, the guidelines below have full details.

How to Participate ) FAQs )
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The SWG's January 2017 newsletter has been posted!

We open this month's newsletter with our annual letter from the moderators. We anticipate a 2017 full of work to make the SWG the best group it can be for the members and friends who have loyally supported us for twelve (!) years. In January, we introduce the first of several changes we have planned for this year by changing up our challenges. Check out the News section to read about the new challenges, which will begin on January 15.

For the character biography this month, Oshun writes about the Ithryn Luin or Blue Wizards. This mysterious duo went into the East and was never heard from again. Yet Tolkien speculated about their purpose and their fate throughout his work on the legendarium, and in her characteristically thorough way, Oshun lays out what we know about this pair in her essay about them.

If you're looking for fiction to read, more than twenty stories were added or updated on our archive this month. In case that's not enough, our Around the World and Web section has articles of interests and links to the collections gathered by the Tolkien fandom's multiple December gift swaps. In case you didn't get your fill writing for December events, Around the World and Web also includes upcoming ficswaps and challenges, as well as courses and calls for papers.

It's the final month for the SWG's old challenge system, which has been around for almost twelve years now. Looking for inspiration? Why not try out the Companies, Clubs, and Cliques or Ankle Biters challenges and send our venerable challenge system out with a bang?

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Rhapsody, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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Our November newsletter has been posted on our site!

This month, we welcome several new members to the SWG. We have also announced the dates for our first Mereth Aderthad event as 14-22 July 2017, so we hope you will join us in beautiful northern Vermont next summer for a week of fellowship with other Tolkien fans and creators.

This month's biography is Morwë, one of the leaders of the Avari. In this essay, Oshun explores many of the deep issues connected with this most minor of minor characters: issues of bias and symbolism in the canon, as well as intriguing connections between Tolkien's work and real-world scripture and myth.

If you're looking for something to read, this past month was hopping on the archive, with more than four dozen stories added or updated last month. Additionally, Around the World and Web has articles and discussions related to Tolkien's world.

If you're looking for something to do, check out our challenges "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques" and "Back to Nature." Around the World and Web has other writing challenges to tempt your muses.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, Elleth, Angelica, and Russandol. We hope you enjoy this month's edition!
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Tolkien Femslash Week has concluded, and the following cards have achieved BINGO:

Art: B9: Abstract Style, I15: Restricted Palette, G31: Lineless Art, O37: Hand Study

Book Titles: B5: Her Name in the Sky, I15: Sing You Home, N22: Fall on Your Knees, G32: The Dark Wife, O44: Waiting in the Wings

Pairings: B9: Elf/Hobbit, I16: Textual Ghosts, G31: Human/Ainu, O37: Dwarf/Hobbit

Rare Characters: B5: Tatië, I17: Finduilas of Dol Amroth, N22: Smeagol's Grandmother, G33: Aerin, O43: Eilinel

Rec and Review: B9: Is by your favourite author, I17: Is hosted outside the SWG, G31: Is by an author you haven't read before, O41: Features your OTP

Third Age Locations: B9: Dorwinion, I17: Ered Luin, G32: Lothlórien, O37: The Lonely Mountain

If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

And of course you are welcome to keep creating for any prompts that catch your inspiration. If your fanworks are posted to any of the usual places before Saturday, July 30 and you have opted into the newsletter feature, they will still be included there.


(Finally, I’d like to thank the Academy SWG and my intrepid co-mods, bingo-planners, card-makers, site coders, troubleshooters, number-drawers, and anyone who had a hand in making this game such a success - that includes anyone who played. Thank you!)
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The final four (!) numbers for today, July 24 are: B9, B5, G32 and G33
Yesterday's numbers were: I16 and B7

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.

Happy creating, and thank you for participating! The final set of cards that have achieved bingo will be posted tomorrow for you to check. Thank you for an awesome game and a treasure of femslash fanworks!
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Several more cards have achieved Bingo! And more are coming tonight, so if you haven't won yet, there's still a chance that you will.

The Graphics card has achieved BINGO - twice! - with the prompts:

B8: from the LotR Movies
I15: from the Silmarillion
G31: from other sources
O37: from the Hobbit movies

and B8: from the LotR Movies
I17: Negative Space
N27: Pastel Colours
G36: 540x255px x3
O43: A Tolkien Quote

See the card here.

The Clichés, Fluff and TLC card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:
B7: Candlelight
I12: Flowers
G33: Betrothals
O42: Insomnia

See the card here.

The NSFW and Kink card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:
B8: Lingerie
I16: Loyalty Kink
G31: Vanilla
O37: Oral Sex

See the card here.

If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

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The numbers for today, July 22 are: I16 and B7
Yesterday's numbers were: B8 and N21

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 22 are: B8 and N21
Yesterday's numbers were: N27 and O44

We've got our first BINGO of the game!

The Lyrics and Poetry card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:

O37: Bring wings to the weak and bring grace to the strong / May all evil stumble as it flies in the world - Janelle Monáe
O41: I sing for love, I sing for me, I’ll shout it out like a bird set free - Sia
O42: You were the first person on Earth - Tracy Chapman
O43: Let me find you and the song (forever) between us - Eloise Klein Healy
O44: And I said Venice and you heard Vegas / But now I say either way, let’s go - Ani DiFranco

See the card here.

If you have achieved Bingo with this card, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

Find the TFW Bingo page here



You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 20 are: N27 and O44
Yesterday's numbers were: I11 and G36

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 20 are: I11 and G36
Yesterday's numbers were: I17 and O42

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 19 are: I17 and O42
Yesterday's numbers were: G31 and I15

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 18 are: G31 and I15
Yesterday's numbers were: O41 and N19

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.

And as one of the organizers, I just want to say how happy it makes me to see people playing, there is so much femslash all of a sudden that it's hard to keep up! :D Thank you for the enthusiasm! ♥
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The numbers for today, July 17 are: O41 and N19
Yesterday's numbers were: I12 and O43

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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(Many thanks to [profile] lignota for the suggestion of a daily post!)


The numbers for today, July 16 are: I12 and O43
Yesterday's numbers were: N22 and O37

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The Tolkien Femslash Week Bingo Parlour is OPEN!


In a joint effort to celebrate the erstwhile International Day of Femslash in mid-July, The Silmarillion Writers’ Guild and Silmladylove have joined together to play a week-long bingo game involving the women of the entire Legendarium in love and lust. As announced in the SWG Newsletter, the game will run from July 15 - 24, with two bingo numbers being posted daily around Midnight CEST/6PM Eastern.

While the SWG and its satellite groups on LJ and DW only accept Silmarillion-based responses (see how the SWG defines Silmfic), responses for all of Tolkien's canon are welcome and may also be posted to the Silmladylove AO3 collection or the #tolkien femslash week tag on tumblr.

Use the link below to find out how to play, claim your bingo cards, and find the daily bingo numbers! Happy creating!

Enter the Bingo Parlour!
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The SWG moderation team has been discussing improvements for our site and our group that we hope to undertake in the months to come. In keeping with our mission, we want to direct our efforts in the way that best benefits the Tolkien fan fiction community of which we are part. We have put together a survey to get a sense of how best to meet that goal.

We appreciate the input of anyone interested in Tolkien fan fiction and references/resources related to the legendarium. You do not need to be a member or user of the SWG or a writer of Silmfic to participate.

The survey takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the level of detail of your responses. We’ll leave the survey open for about a month and will collect responses during the first week of August.

Please feel free to signal boost this on other groups where this is acceptable. Thank you in advance to all who share their opinions and ideas with us.

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