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Exodus of the Noldor by Writing Gecko. After the Exile of the Noldor, Arafinwe and Aule reflect on things which can be fixed, and those that cannot.

The First Kinslaying by fortunaavversa. The First Kinslaying.




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This Time It’s Different by Nixie Genesis. Melkor meets Ungoliant within her lair in order to fulfill his plan. They both converge on Aman and Melkor takes his revenge.

Approaching Darkness by ryesil. Melkor, Ungoliant and the darkening of Valinor.




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Melkor stirs strife among the Noldor by Nixie Genesis. Melkor weaves his lies, especially between the sons of Finwë. (Artwork)

A king unkinged (for the love he bore Feanor) by Himring. Finwe arrives in Formenos. (Short Story)




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The Dwarves come into Beleriand by Robinka. The dwarves arrive in Beleriand

The fates of our kin by LadyBrooke. It is an ill omen when a Prince of Doriath appears in the tent of a Dwarf without any weapons and lowers himself to sit beneath her while they speak of important matters. (Short Story)




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Fëanor Makes The Silmarils by Alikuu. Fëanor experiments with the light-retaining properties of Silima in the privacy of his forge. (Artwork)

The Creation of the Silmarils by Amyfortuna. Fëanor's creation of the Silmarils, in the form of a sestina. (Poetry)




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Bewildered by Dawn Felagund. Not all of the Eldar believed Valinor would be superior to Middle-earth. Having followed the man she loves from the land she loved also, Miriel struggles to cope with a strange life in a strange new land. (Short Story)




Just joining us? The Silmarillion40 is a collection of fan-created fiction, art, and poetry in honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Silmarillion. For forty days, we will feature at least one fanwork, following the chronology of The Silmarillion. Find the full Silmarillion40 collection here.
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Paths to Good Intentions by just_jenni. Melian is bored and travels to Arda to see the Quendi. She meets Elwe. His people wonder where he is.




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We were not born in Cuiviénen by Lyra. Morwë tells Oromë about the origins of his people, contradicting some stories the Vala had heard earlier.






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Turn All Your Flesh As Gold by anthropologyarda. Aulë's expertise does not lie in lungs and sinews. Mairon teaches his Master more than he intends.






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SWG September 2017 Challenge Ancestors

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Silmarillion and in honor of Grandparents' Day, this month's theme is Ancestors. For this month's challenge, create a fanwork in which a character's resemblance or connection to an ancestor plays a central role. This challenge is completely open, without prompts, although feel free to use the comments to ask for or suggest more specific prompt ideas if you want.

Since I held off on announcing the new challenge because of Silmarillion40, then the deadline will be extended this month. If you want your fanwork to receive a creator stamp, it will need to be posted to the archive (or our DW or LJ for formats other than writing and podfic) no later than October 12. As with the Song of Exile, if you are writing for Silmarillion40 and wish to use the Ancestors challenge in your Silmarillion40 entry, please just let me know when you send in your Silmarillion40 piece, and I will award you your stamp.

I also never posted a links list for last month's challenge, Song of Exile. (We'll blame Silmarillion40 again for that too. ;) Click below the cut for list of last month's challenge entries and please consider leaving a comment if you enjoy an author's work! Remember that stamps for review challenges never expire, so you can keep adding to your stamp collection by showing love to our challenge creators if you want. However, if you need a reviewer stamp for May's Hero's Journey Matryoshka challenge or earlier, please let me know in a comment or an email to moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

August Song of Exile Challenge Stories )

Some final housekeeping ... I have not begun stamps yet for the Song of Exile challenge. Let's blame Silmarillion40 again for that, shall we? As I settle into the daily routine of the collection (and as the school year settles into a routine too), I will begin working on this. I appreciate everyone's patience these last few chaotic months!

If you're new to our challenges, you can find full guidelines--as well as past challenges--here.
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And She Slept by LadyBrooke. As Valinor is created, there are those who stay behind in the darkness to wait for those that come.




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"For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to his service with lies and treacherous gifts."
~The Silmarillion, Valaquenta


Day Two of the Silmarillion40 event brings Melkor's corruption (or seduction?) of others of the Ainur into his service, an influence that will echo throughout the ages.

Young Gods by [personal profile] fernstrike. It began in Almaren - when the world was new, and the gods were young, and the World seemed full of possibilities. It began beneath the earth, under great halls, inside a dark mirror.




Just joining us? The Silmarillion40 is a collection of fan-created fiction, art, and poetry in honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Silmarillion. For forty days, we will feature at least one fanwork, following the chronology of The Silmarillion. Find the full Silmarillion40 collection here.
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Happy 40th Anniversary, Silmarillion!

Today we are very pleased to announce the opening day of our Silmarillion40 compilation. Over the past couple months, about three dozen authors and artists have been busy creating more than eighty brand-new fanworks to celebrate the anniversary of our beloved Silmarillion. For the next forty days, we will unlock one or two fanworks per day and journey through The Silmarillion as told in fanworks.

Please check out today's fanworks and, if you like what you see, consider leaving the artist or author a comment.

Star Kindler by feanorusrex. Varda creates the stars. (Art)

Subcreation: A Collection by SWG Authors. Tolkien's theory of subcreation states that it is part of our deepest human nature to create secondary worlds. This collection of drabbles, ficlets, one-shots, and sketches follows the thread of subcreation across the span of the legendarium. (Ficlet Collection)
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Unfortunately, the author who was signed up for the first day's Silmarillion40 prompt "The Creation of Arda" had a death in the family and was unable to fill the prompt. There is also an artwork scheduled for that day that has been received and that will make a stunning front piece for the collection, but it's the first day, and I'd love for there to be writing and art to kick off the Silmarillion40 celebration.

However, it's ridiculously short notice for what is one of--if not the--toughest prompt on the list for writing. So I had the thought: Why not put together a collection of drabbles and ficlets about subcreation by lots of different writers? Creating a drabble or a ficlet is possible for many people on even short notice, and I rather like the idea that the first writing entry for Silmarillion40 be not only about subcreation but a collaborative entry about subcreation--that seems to capture the essence of fandom in many ways.

Subcreation was Tolkien's idea from the essay "On Fairy-stories" that it is in our deepest nature as humans to want to create "secondary worlds." We are naturally creative beings. In the Ainulindalë, the creation of Arda is a subcreative act, and throughout the legendarium, characters subcreate constantly. I've put together a list of characters and topics that would work for this project.

Email me (DawnFelagund@gmail.com) or comment here with you email address (comments are screened) to request editing access to the document if you're interested in helping. (I probably won't grant access till tomorrow afternoon, fyi. Tomorrow is a workday.)

Thursday afternoon (EST) would be the latest to turn in ficlets for this.

If you're not already signed up for Silmarillion40, please make sure you read the Silm40 guidelines here before volunteering.
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SWG challenge song of exile

If you are interested in receiving a stamp for this challenge, there are four days left to finish and post your fanwork to the SWG archive. Fanworks are due on the archive (LJ/DW for fanworks other than writing or podfic) no later than September 10th to be eligible.

If your Silm40 story is also an entry for this challenge, it must be received by me no later than September 10th. Of course, you won't be able to post it to the archive right away, but I'm happy to count it and award you your stamp. Please let me know if it is a challenge entry; I'll be shuffling dozens of fanworks over the next few weeks and can't be trusted to remember anything at this point!

If you still want to jump on board, here is the prompt:

Create a fanwork about exile or exiles. About being exiled. About the people who are exiled. About the decision to exile, the leavetaking, the consequences. About metaphorical or symbolic exile.


See this post for member-submitted prompts related to exile, if you want more inspiration.

Song of Exile stories can be found here. Please consider letting the author know if you enjoy their work!

And if you're just joining us, full challenge guidelines can be found here.
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Our September 2017 newsletter (which marks twelve uninterrupted years of SWG newsletters holy crap) can be found on our website!

September 2017 newsletter

First of all, Oshun has delivered another of her exhaustive and thoughtful biographies, this month on Anárion Son of Elendil. If you thought there'd be little to say about a guy who literally says nothing in the books ... well, Oshun's biography proves that is quite incorrect. In true Tolkienian fashion, Anárion is more important than his role in the books suggests and is ensnared in all matter of issues, from key themes to thorny questions of his status compared to his brother Isildur.

This month, we are all wrapped up in challenges. The Song of Exile challenge is ongoing, and Silmarillion40 is now less than two weeks away from beginning. We also extend a warm welcome to eight new members who joined last month!

If you're looking for something to read, check out the list of more than three dozen fanworks posted to and updated on our archive last month. Around the World and Web is hopping this month, with new articles of interest, as well as challenges, moots, festivals, and calls for papers related to the Tolkien fandom. And if you have not seen it already, make sure to check out the Hurricane Harvey Fanaid Auction.

Many thanks this month to Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Russandol for writing and putting the newsletter content together! Go check out their hard work!
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  • If you'd be willing to help out as a beta reader for the Silmarillion40 compilation, please let me know either by commenting here with an email address (comments are screened) or by emailing us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to express your interest. As authors who need beta help let us know they are ready for a beta, we will send along summaries and other information to beta readers.


  • The question has arisen a couple of times now about the regular monthly challenges and the Silmarillion40 compilation. If you're creating something for Silmarillion40, it is totally okay to also use the monthly challenges as part of your Silm40 fanwork, if you want to. However, since you will not be able to post your fanwork before the deadline of the current challenge, then you will need to let me know that it is a challenge entry as well, and when I post your fanwork to the archive for Silm40, I'll make sure I label it accordingly. The fanwork must be received by us before the close of the current challenge to receive a stamp, however. In other words, since the deadline for the current Song of Exile challenge is September 10, then we must have your fanwork on or before September 10 if you want a stamp for the challenge. The same will hold true for the October challenge, when it is announced.


  • Speaking of stamps, I have finally caught up on the stamp collections. If something is missing or incorrect on yours, please let me know. (There is one stamp--5 Reviews for New Directions--that has not been added to anyone who has earned it ... because I have not made it yet! >.< I hope to knock this item off my to-do list in the next couple of days. And there are two new participants whose collections I need to put together still; those two will receive emails when their collections are ready.) I cannot thank everyone enough for your patience while I got caught up after a summer that proved a bit more chaotic than expected!
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August 2017 Challenge Song of Exile

"But it is most likely that you shall fly from the Land of the Star with no star to guide you; for that land is defiled. Then you shall lose all that you have loved, foretasting death in life, seeking a land of exile elsewhere. But east or west the Valar along can say."

~The Silmarillion, Akallabêth


Create a fanwork about exile or exiles. About being exiled. About the people who are exiled. About the decision to exile, the leavetaking, the consequences. About metaphorical or symbolic exile.

You may use the Akallabêth quote as your prompt, or feel free to comment here suggest other quotes, artwork, or popular media that addresses the concept of exile. (Or jealously hoard your prompt to yourself like it's magical jewelry!) Or use no prompt at all--anything goes this month!

(If you love your prompts, I've posted an initial set as the first comment.)

August is traditionally the month that the SWG celebrates fanworks about the Second Age. Second Age fanworks are, of course, welcome for this month's challenge, but it is not required that you set your response in the Second Age.

To receive a stamp, your fanwork must be posted to the SWG archive on or before September 10, 2017. If you're new to our challenges, you can find the full challenge guidelines here.
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Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song Challenge

Below is the list of stories and art created for the Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge. Please remember that "late" entries are more than welcome--they just don't receive stamps. Do check some of them out (or go wild and read them all!), and if you like what you see, please consider commenting to let the author or artist know.

And They Say He Was Lost ... by Robinka. A drabble for the SWG challenge “Just an Old-fashioned Love Song”, inspired by “We Belong” by Pat Benatar. Back when things were better.

Far From The World We Know by Himring. At the top of Elwing's white tower. Earendil has landed, back from traversing the pathless sky, and Elwing has flown to meet him.

For Love of Silver Stars by LadyBrooke. The sun’s dying rays faded over Doriath for the first time, and Lúthien looked at Nimloth.

Into the Deep by Hrymfaxe. Fanart showing "the relationship between Ulmo and The Sea."

I've Hungered for Your Touch by Oshun. Caranthir is offered a chance to read an unpublished diary entry. It’s a copy of a recently discovered ancient manuscript apparently written by Haleth the Hunter. It’s a follow-up to my previous story The Manly-hearted Woman, but can be read independently of that one.

New Directions. part two. by hennethgalad. in part one, the crew of Eärendil were sent back to Beleriand from Valinor in a new ship. in this part, the wind changes for the Ainumanä and the crew meet some strangers.

Picking Up the Pieces by Grundy. After the Fall of Gondolin, Maeglin's more than a little broken. Is there any hope for him?

Ride the Night to the End by Silver Trails. The story is set a few days after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. It's written from Maedhros' POV.

Stolen Evenings by Tyelca. A collection of short stories, each one focusing on a different pairing sharing one (stolen) evening.

Swans by Dawn Felagund. Against Maedhros's wishes, Fingon is off to a summer retreat in the mountains, a retreat designed by the Valar for newly reembodied Elves. Amid games of kickball and group therapy, Fingon makes a friend, discovers the Noldor haven't actually invented everything, and begins to grasp the complexities of his post-reembodiment relationship with Maedhros. Maedhros/Fingon, set in my Republic of Tirion verse.

Up Where They Belong by Lyra. A Justification of a Homoromantic Reading of Maedhros and Fingon.

Your Song by Kaylee Arafinwiel. "But Lúthien came to the halls of Mandos, where are the appointed places of the Eldalië, beyond the mansions of the West upon the confines of the world. There those that wait sit in the shadow of their thought. But her beauty was more than their beauty, and her sorrow deeper than their sorrows; and she knelt before Mandos and sang to him..."




Some housekeeping notes ...

I have caught up on the document where I track stamps. I'm going to be updating collections and uploading them, a few per day, for the next week, so they should be finished by next week. (I regret how far behind I've fallen on this, but it has been quite the summer!)

Remember that you can always claim stamps for reviewing, but if you need a stamp for a challenge before May's "Hero's Journey" Matryoshka challenge, please let me know by comment, email, Great Eagle ... whatever, I'm pretty easy to find.

Because I'm also late in posting this links list (getting the trend here?? ;), then the new challenge will be announced tomorrow, on Tuesday. It will be a lower-key challenge since we already have Silmarillion40 and the annual Akallabeth in August challenges running as well.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to a few people who have really done an incredible job of commenting on the stories and art produced for our challenge. First of all is Oshun, who is the first person to reach 50 comments on this year's challenge stories! I want to recognize also a few people who have reviewed at least one challenge story or artwork every month so far this year: Himring, Lyra, and Oshun. Thank you so much for your encouragement of our authors and artists!

And the biggest shout-out goes to Lyra, who not only makes all of the stamps but keeps my late-running, disorganized butt in line. Seriously, these challenges would not be half as well-run as they are without your help, Lyra--thank you!
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Silmarillion 40 Compilation

If you've signed up for a prompt for the Silmarillion 40 Compilation and you'd like to claim more prompts, you can begin doing so today! Please continue claiming prompts by commenting on the Silmarillion 40 sign-up post or emailing us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

Please make sure to include the following information:

  • Your SWG username

  • An email address where we can contact you

  • Any prompts you'd like to complete (make sure to let us know if you plan to create writing or art for those prompts!)


The list of prompts can be found here.

Complete guidelines for the Silmarillion 40 event can be found here. Do not sign up until you read this page.

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