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The SWG's August 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Like every summer, we celebrate Akallabêth in August, during which we invite you to discover or re-read stories, essays and poems about Númenor and the Second Age posted in our archive. We also invite you to participate in our Silmarillion 40th Anniversary Compilation. We also invite you to participate in our Silmarillion 40th Anniversary Compilation. This month the SWG mod team welcomes our four newest members.

Our latest challenge “Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song” asks you to choose a song from our list of song prompts and use any aspect--the title, the lyrics, the music, the video--to create a story about romantic or sexual love.

Our character biography this month is Haldad, by Oshun. In a rare reversal of Tolkien's usual modus operandus, August's character of the month is best known for his relationship to a famous... woman: Haleth.

Are you looking for something new to read? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of July. For information on what is happening within the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section is crammed with recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, our newsletter is only possible through the contributions from a team of SWG volunteers. Join me in thanking Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our newsletter content this month.
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The SWG's July 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

This month we encourage you to participate in our latest challenge. Based on our character biography collection, “New Directions” prompts all fandom writers and artists to create works about a character they’ve never written or drawn before. We also welcome two new members to SWG.

Our character biography for this month is Brodda, by Himring. As the Easterling who marries Aerin against her will, Brodda's story is suggestive of the Easterling people's political situation in Dor-lomin and reveals a character who, rather than serving as a loyal stooge to Morgoth, acts primarily out of self-interest.

Are you looking for something new to read? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of June. If you are keen to know what is happening within the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, our newsletter is only possible through the contributions from a team of SWG volunteers.  Join me in thanking Himring, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our
newsletter content this month.

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The SWG's June 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

This month we bring you an update on the survey about the new LiveJournal Terms of service, and on the import of our SWG LJ community toDreamwidth, and we welcome three new members to SWG. If you haven’t seen it yet, have a look at our latest challenge, “The Hero's Journey Matryoshka Challenge”.

Our character biography for this month is Erellont, by Oshun. As one of only three companions of Eärendil to venture into the West, Erellont receives only passing mention in The Silmarillion, but his character is open to inference and poses unanswered questions.

Are you looking for something new to read? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of May. To keep up to date with the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest as well as fandom news and events.

As always, our newsletter is only possible through the contributions from a team of SWG volunteers.  Join me in thanking Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our newsletter content this month.

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The SWG's May 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

This month we invite you to participate in a survey regarding the new LiveJournal Terms of service, that directly impact our SWG community on their site. We tempt you once more with latest challenge "A Woman’s Sceptre" and welcome our April new joiners.

Our character biography for this month is (First Age) Barahir, by Oshun. In many ways embodies he the unrelenting and inescapable tragedy that plagues The Silmarillion. But through his son Beren and a legacy that passes through to the Third Age, Barahir also fits into Tolkien's essential concept of eucatastrophe.

Keen to read something new? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of April. To keep up to date with the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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The SWG's May 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

This month we invite you to participate in a survey regarding the new LiveJournal Terms of service, that directly impact our SWG community on their site. We tempt you once more with latest challenge “A woman’s Sceptre2 and welcome our April new joiners.

Our character biography for this month is (First Age) Barahir, by Oshun. In many ways embodies he the unrelenting and inescapable tragedy that plagues The Silmarillion. But through his son Beren and a legacy that passes through to the Third Age, Barahir also fits into Tolkien's essential concept of eucatastrophe.

Keen to read something new? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of April. To keep up to date with the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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The SWG's April 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 “Night and Day” has ended, and numerous stories and pieces of artwork have been completed or are still being worked on. Over thirty creators have taken part in this year’s B2MeM, and we had over 280 fanworks posted, mostly on LiveJournal but also some on AO3, on Tumblr. A good number are also posted on the SWG archive.

On the 15th March we launched our current “Strength and Beauty” challenge. If you want to take part in this challenge, please head to our newsletter where you will find more information about this prompt and our Challenges guidelines. Also, don’t forget that April is International Poetry Month!

For the character biography this month, Oshun writes about Arwen. Largely relegated to the margins of the story, Arwen nonetheless represents a strength that is "intellectual, psychological, and spiritual," according to Oshun's biography this month, as well as serving as a symbol of the simultaneous waning of one people and rise of another. Arwen presents the usual thorny questions of how women are presented in the legendarium, compounded by a well-known film depiction that stretches the bounds of the canon.

Looking for something to read? A large number of stories, essays, and poems were added or updated on our archive during the past month of March. If you want to know what’s happening in the wider world of fandom, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Russandol, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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The SWG's April 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 “Night and Day” has ended, and numerous stories and pieces of artwork have been completed or are still being worked on. Over thirty creators have taken part in this year’s B2MeM, and we had over 280 fanworks posted, mostly on LiveJournal but also some on AO3, on Tumblr. A good number are also posted on the SWG archive.

On the 15th March we launched our current “Strength and Beauty” challenge. If you want to take part in this challenge, please head to our newsletter where you will find more information about this prompt and our Challenges guidelines. Also, don’t forget that April is International Poetry Month!

For the character biography this month, Oshun writes about Arwen. Largely relegated to the margins of the story, Arwen nonetheless represents a strength that is "intellectual, psychological, and spiritual," according to Oshun's biography this month, as well as serving as a symbol of the simultaneous waning of one people and rise of another. Arwen presents the usual thorny questions of how women are presented in the legendarium, compounded by a well-known film depiction that stretches the bounds of the canon.

Looking for something to read? A large number of stories, essays, and poems were added or updated on our archive during the past month of March. If you want to know what’s happening in the wider world of fandom, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Russandol, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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The SWG's March 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Back to Middle-earth Month is here once more, running from 1st to 31st March 2017. The theme for this year is “Night and Day”, which presents prompts and challenges on a gameboard format. In our newsletter you will find all the details and links to the rules, participant banners and icons, and to the B2MeM mod team who have worked behind the scenes to plan and develop this event.

On the 15th February we launched our current challenge “Revolution!” under the new Challenges format. Participants receive a quotation, artwork, speech or song concerned with protest and revolution. If you want to take part, please head to our newsletter where you will find more information about this prompt and our new Challenges guidelines.

For the character biography this month, Oshun writes about Silmariën, the eldest child of the fourth king of Númenor. Born before women could hold the scepter, Silmariën receives little attention from Tolkien, but she links the Númenórean royal house back into the First Age and prior and forward even as far as the reign of Aragorn in the Fourth Age.

If you're looking for something new to read, over forty stories and poems were added or updated on our archive during the past month of February. Additionally, our “Around the World and Web” section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Rhapsody, Dawn, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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The SWG's February 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Just in case you missed our last edition, on 15th January we introduced a new approach to our Challenges, and launched the theme Taboo as our current Challenge. If you are creating fanwork and wish to earn a participant stamp for the Taboo bingo card, your piece must be uploaded to our archive by 10th February 2017. Review challenges never expire; however, we ask that you send an email to moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org in case you need a reviewer stamp for a challenge that is more than two months old. To check the complete Taboo prompt or the new Challenges guidelines please check here.

Our “Special Projects” section now offers you the opportunity to revisit the 2014 Silmarillion Reread event, hosted by Independence1776 and Lyra.

For the character biography this month, Robinka writes about Saeros, councillor of King Thingol in Menegroth. His jealousy of the King's favors to mortal Túrin triggered the events that led to his own death and made Túrin choose a life of outlawry. As well as Saeron's motivations and background, Robinka explores how this character evolved along with Tolkien's vision of the story of the Children of Húrin.

If you're looking for fiction to read, more than thirty stories were added or updated on our archive during the past month of January. Additionally, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

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

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/december2016.php

This month we continue with the "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques" challenge, which asks writers to imagine character groups, both formal and informal, that might have existed in Arda. During December why not gift a story to someone who inspired or encouraged you over the last twelve months, as we are revisiting "A Gift of a Story"?

Our News section prompts you to help us expand the Library of Tirion, presents 10 Things You Didn't Know the SWG Archive Could Do, provides an update on Mereth Aderthad, and calls for Back to Middle-earth 2017 Moderator Volunteers, amongst other topics.

This month's character biography is on Emeldir the Manhearted, written by Robinka. Before there was Eowyn, there was Emeldir, barely mentioned in The Silmarillion but the savior of her people whose brave deeds allowed the survival of one of the most important family lines among the Edain.

As usual, if you're looking for something to read in our archive, our newsletter lists new and updated stories, short works, poems, and non-fiction. Around the World and Web brings you featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom beyond the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild, from a biopic on J.R.R Tolkien to a fanfilm on the untold story of Glorfindel, and to the published results of a recent fandom and sexuality survey.

Many thanks to our contributors this month: Angelica, Dawn, Rhapsody, Elleth and Robinka. We all hope you enjoy our December newsletter!
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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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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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Our October newsletter has been posted over on our site!

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/october2016.php

We premier a new challenge this month with "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques," which asks writers to imagine character groups, both formal and informal, that might have existed in Arda. To get into the spooky seasonal vibe, we revisit the "Halls of Mystery" challenge and offer a quote from Tolkien's eerie poem "The Mewlips." Citizens of Middle-earth from near and far are invited to journey to next summer's Mereth Aderthad for a week of feasting, fellowship, and fandom next summer. Hop over to the [livejournal.com profile] mereth_aderthad community to learn more, and to take part in a survey about the event.

This month's character biography is on Ungoliant. With spiders crawling throughout the legendarium, Tolkien seemed to have an arachnophobic streak. Just in time for Halloween, this month's biography features Ungoliant, one of Tolkien's earliest characters whose mysterious presence peopled (spidered?) his stories with creepy, eight-legged nemeses.

After the summer holiday lull, this month we bring you a long list of new and updated stories, short works, and poems, if you're looking for something to read in our archive. Around the World and Web is bursting with featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, from the Not Oxonmoot-moot to Lúthien as Tolkien’s Badass Elf Princess.

Many thanks to our contributors this month. We all hope you enjoy our October newsletter!
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Our September newsletter has been posted over on our site!

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/september2016.php

Our Around the Fire challenge continues this month, so if you're looking for inspiration, do check out some of the great requests we've received so far (many of which are still orphans and looking for an author, just saying ...) If you'd be interested in meeting up with other SWG members and Tolkien fanworks creators next summer, hop over to the [livejournal.com profile] mereth_aderthad community to learn more.

This month's character biography is on Guilin. A relatively minor character, Guilin nonetheless embodies the tragedy that defined the Noldor of the First Age. Oshun makes the case not only for his heritage as a Noldorin noble but also a tragic figure in line with Turin.

August was a relatively light month on the archive, but we do have some new and updated stories, as well as several fascinating articles of interest, if you're looking for something to read. If you're looking for a writing challenge, Around the Fire runs for one more month, and we revisit With a Touch of Fairy Dust, in which you drop a Tolkien character into a fairy tale. Several other events are running now in the Tolkien fandom, from writing challenges to conferences.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] heartofoshun, [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11, [livejournal.com profile] ladyelleth, and [livejournal.com profile] angelica_ramses for their fabulous work this month on my very tight schedule!
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The August edition of the SWG newsletter has been posted on our website!

We have lots of news to report this month, including a last call to participate in a SWG user survey to help us focus on the right improvements for our SWG community, a wrap up of the Femslash Bingo project, a report on the presentations by [livejournal.com profile] heartofoshun and [livejournal.com profile] dawn_felagund at the NY Tolkien Conference, and our yearly visit to Númenor for Akallabêth in August. We also welcome three new members to our site.
This month’s character biography is Radagast, by [livejournal.com profile] heartofoshun. Radagast the Brown, 'Lover of Birds', is one of the Istari (Wizards) who were sent from Aman to assist the peoples of Middle-earth in their struggle against Sauron. If you watched The Hobbit movies, you either hated or loved him, bird droppings in his hair, bunny sledge, and all. In this article Oshun explores the Radagast described by Tolkien, as well as the quest he may have been sent to Middle-earth to perform.

If you're looking for something to read, you are in for a treat this month. As well as the usual selection of works completed or updated during July, this newsletter lists all Akallab
êth in August works completed during the last 12 months, as well as links to all Femslash Bingo works whose authors opted to be included in our newsletter. Around the World and Web is crammed with featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, from the Lay of Aotrou and Itroun to further details about the NY Tolkien Conference.

Finally, if you're looking for inspiration, this month we continue with the “Around the Fire” Challenge (and tempt you with the list of requests
already submitted), invite you to visit "Akallabêth in August", and give you a quote by Erin Morgenstern.

Many thanks to our contributors this month: Oshun, Rhapsody, Angelica, Elleth, and Dawn. We all hope you enjoy our supersized August newsletter!
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The July edition of the SWG newsletter has been posted on our website!

In this month's news, we invite you to participate in a SWG user survey to help us focus on the right improvements for our SWG community, and to play Femslash bingo?! We also welcome several new members to our group.

This month’s character biography is Thorondor, by [livejournal.com profile] heartofoshun. The greatest of the Great Eagles, Thorondor provides aid to the people of Middle-earth and acts as a link between them and the Valar, a pattern that would continue throughout the legendarium. This essay also explores links between the Great Eagles and similar mythical creatures found in some of the world's major myth cycles.

If you're looking for something to read, there is a large selection of works completed or updated during June, from fiction to poems. This month the Around the World and Web section is bursting with featured articles, publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, and you will also find a couple of calls for papers from groups outside the SWG.

Finally, if you're looking for inspiration, this month we start a new challenge, “Around the Fire” which we hope will prompt you to share your stories, or to request that another fireside companion tells one! We also revisit the challenge "Wish upon a Star" and propose a T. S. Eliot quote about journeys.


Many thanks to our contributors this month: Oshun, Rhapsody, Angelica, Elleth, and Dawn. We all hope you enjoy our newsletter!
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The June edition of our newsletter has been posted on our website!

In this month's news, we welcome several new members to our group. I am also happy to announce that Oshun and I will be returning to present for a second year at the New York Tolkien Conference, this time as co-presenters (so that we have to be able to attend each other's talks) of "The Borders of the (Fictional) World: Fan Fiction Archives, Ideological Approaches, and Fan Identity."

Speaking of Oshun, she has authored this month's character biography on Thuringwethil. Thuringwethil has startled more than one first-timer to The Silmarillion, not because she's That Scary but because who expects vampires in Tolkien? However, as Oshun shows, the literary history of vampires is deep, and it is likely from this--not pop culture--that Tolkien was drawing when he created Thuringwethil (sorry, Bela Lugosi). Thuringwethil, like most of Tolkien's female characters, is only partly sketched, but that of course makes her all the more fascinating for fanfic writers.

If you're looking for something to read, the archive has been hopping, with almost four dozen stories and poems added and updated during the month of May. If nonfiction is more your cuppa, the Around the World and Web section features articles and new publications from both professional and fannish writers about all aspects of the legendarium and Tolkien fan culture.

If you're looking for something to write, this month continues the "Proverbs" challenge, which asks you to create a story based on one of Tolkien's many proverbs. For something a little different, we revisit the "Sibling Rivalry" challenge, which asks authors to write "an AU story where an original character--you!--tries to influence his or her canon sibling in some way or in which you choose a sibling to influence you." Around the World and Web has challenges, exchanges, and calls for papers from groups outside the SWG.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, and Elleth, and a special thank-you to Russandol for putting all the pieces together!
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The June edition of our newsletter has been posted on our website!

In this month's news, we welcome several new members to our group. I am also happy to announce that [livejournal.com profile] heartofoshun and I will be returning to present for a second year at the New York Tolkien Conference, this time as co-presenters (so that we have to be able to attend each other's talks) of "The Borders of the (Fictional) World: Fan Fiction Archives, Ideological Approaches, and Fan Identity."

Speaking of Oshun, she has authored this month's character biography on Thuringwethil. Thuringwethil has startled more than one first-timer to The Silmarillion, not because she's That Scary but because who expects vampires in Tolkien? However, as Oshun shows, the literary history of vampires is deep, and it is likely from this--not pop culture--that Tolkien was drawing when he created Thuringwethil (sorry, Bela Lugosi). Thuringwethil, like most of Tolkien's female characters, is only partly sketched, but that of course makes her all the more fascinating for fanfic writers.

If you're looking for something to read, the archive has been hopping, with almost four dozen stories and poems added and updated during the month of May. If nonfiction is more your cuppa, the Around the World and Web section features articles and new publications from both professional and fannish writers about all aspects of the legendarium and Tolkien fan culture.

If you're looking for something to write, this month continues the "Proverbs" challenge, which asks you to create a story based on one of Tolkien's many proverbs. For something a little different, we revisit the "Sibling Rivalry" challenge, which asks authors to write "an AU story where an original character--you!--tries to influence his or her canon sibling in some way or in which you choose a sibling to influence you." Around the World and Web has challenges, exchanges, and calls for papers from groups outside the SWG.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, and Elleth, and a special thank-you to Russandol for putting all the pieces together!

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