Introducing the Silmarillion Awards!

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Today I finally get to introduce the exciting thing I’ve been hinting at from time to time, that “Fantasy Oscars” sort of thing for beloved works of Fantasy, which I’m super excited to be a part of!

As you may or may not know… *cough* because I’m sure it’s not obvious or anything *cough* Fantasy is my favorite genre, and what better thing to discuss in fantasy than the awesome characters (and, in some cases, items) who inhabit it!

So that’s what these fantasy awards are for — highlighting our favorite inhabitants of fantasy books we love, in honored awards of various categories.

This is going to be awesome, guys! It’s just for fun so I hope you’ll all have a blast with it! πŸ™‚ I know I’m going to. ^_^

The basic idea is:

  • Fan-voted fantasy awards (this means you!)
  • 10 categories (like “Most Epic Hero”, “Best Fantasy Mount” etc. …Full list below.)
  • 10 bloggers are hosting these
  • You nominate characters etc. by commenting on the 10 posts (or seconding others’ nominations)
  • The nomination phase will last 2 weeks (so you have until July 1st for this one)
  • Later there will be another round, voting from the top-picked characters — we’ll let everyone know when that voting starts
  • The characters etc. who win with the most votes will have their award “presented” to them on the blogs by characters from The Lord of the Rings who are the standard for those categories
  • It will be fun!
  • It is not as complicated as it sounds! πŸ˜„

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Read on for further details; and the award I’m hosting is at the end of the post. πŸ™‚

Welcome to the first ever Silmarillion Awards!

The Silmarillion Awards have been created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about some of our other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

When we started thinking about creating a sort of β€œFantasy Oscars,” we found it difficult to fathom any award that wouldn’t be won by a character or item from The Lord of the Rings… so, to make things a bit more interesting, we decided to call them β€œThe Silmarillion Awards” and have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

Joining our team are eight other bloggers and authors who will each be hosting one of these awards, called Silmarils, on their blogs towards the end of July.

But before we get there, we need YOUR help! Starting today, June 20th and proceeding through July 1st, the nomination period for each award will be open. Please visit the participating bloggers (found in the list below), read the descriptions of the awards, and make your nominations!

Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. We will be picking the 5 characters with the most β€œseconds” for the final voting period that will take place between July 4th – July 13th, so you may also β€œthird,” β€œfourth,” β€œfifth,” etc. any nominations you particularly like.

Fine print:

  1. Please do not nominate anything from one of your OWN books!
  2. You may nominate as many characters as you wish, AND you may also second (or third/fourth/etc.) a character someone else has nominated… but please only “vote” for each character once. (i.e. You cannot nominate a character and then also second that same character.)
  3. Please share about the Silmarillion Awards on social media to spread the excitement far and wide across Middle-earth. Use the hashtag: #SilmAwards2016 wherever possible!
  4. Don’t nominate a Tolkien character for the awards, as the characters presenting the awards are already the standard for each award
  5. Don’t stress if a character you nominate doesn’t win this year. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition, and these awards are LIFETIME AWARDS, meaning that they cannot be won by the same character more than once!

Official Schedule:

  • Phase 1 – June 20 – July 1: Award nominations open
  • Phase 2 – July 4: the final nominees will be announced and voting will open and last through July 14th
  • Phase 3 – July 16-28: Presentation of the awards, 1 per day; each award will be hosted on a different blog each day
  • Phase 4 – Celebration! July 29th was the official publication date of the Lord of the Rings back in 1954. We invite you all to celebrate with us the 62nd birthday of this masterpiece of Fantasy Fiction. Congratulate the winners, take and post a photo of yourselves with LOTR paraphernalia, write a blog post about your favorite LOTR moment, scene, character, quote, or memory… get creative and have fun!

List of Participating Blogs:

So that’s the deal of what’s going on! πŸ™‚

Award I’m Hosting: The Strangest Character Silmaril

I’ll be hosting the Strangest Character Silmaril Award here on my blog. Which means you get to start nominating characters for that award in the comments. πŸ™‚

Below are the criteria for the sort of character who ought to be nominated for such an award. Keeping in mind that LOTR characters will be presenting these awards as the ultimate standard of Fantasy Fiction.

The Strangest Character Silmaril should go to a character who is quirky, eccentric, peculiar, or downright bizarre. This character doesn’t need to have a central role to the story, but should be memorable enough to generate discussions amongst audience members familiar with the story this character appears in.

This award will be presented by a unique, odd, and exuberant character from The Lord of the Rings, whose quirks include talking in rhyme and wearing yellow boots… (Just don’t expect to find him in any of the films! ;))

If you’ve read through all the details and still have a question about how it works or how to participate, ask away, or check in with DJ or Jenelle, and we’ll try to answer it. πŸ™‚ (And remember that it’s all for fun! :D)

So, are you ready? Nominate your pick for “strangest character” in a fantasy book, in the comments below! πŸ™‚ And don’t forget to check out the other posts!

EDIT: Nominations are closed — visit the voting post HERE to meet the top five nominees and vote for the next round! πŸ™‚ Voting runs from July 4-14.

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  5. I KNOW WHO THE CHARACTER PRESENTING THE AWARD IS!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ One of my faves! I was sad he wasn’t in the movies.
    I nominate Fezzik from The Princess Bride by William Goldman and Lucinda from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. πŸ˜€
    Also, J.L. Mbewe’s post won’t let me comment on it, so is it possible for me to comment on this post to nominate one for that award? I have an awesome nomination for that one, but it won’t let me comment.

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  7. Now that I know that The Lunar Chronicles count as fantasy, I have more nominees! For this one, Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Literally crazy, but also so adorable at the same time, and she uses her craziness to her advantage.

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  8. I always think Gurgi, the beast-man from The Chronicles of Prydain certainly is not short in the strange department. I also love the way he rhymes everything “crunchings and munchings!”

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  9. I nominate Amos McElhenny from Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams.

    And Nidawi the Everblooming from Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

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  10. I have been waiting very eagerly to put in this nomination: WIZARD FENWORTH FROM DONITA K. PAUL’S DRAGONKEEPER CHRONICLES. Ahem, I had to shout, because Wizard Fenworth is one of my favorite characters ever. For real ever.

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  13. Oh my goodness! So many great characters! I’m just going to second a few people in this comment so that I don’t have to do several comments…
    I second Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle and Puddleglum.

    I would also like to nominate Kiernan Kane from the Minstrel’s Song series by Jenelle Schmidt. I’ve only read the first two books and Kiernan is pretty peculiar in them! Maybe he gets less so in the third book, but, I haven’t read it yet.

    P.S. I love your description of your host!

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    • That works! πŸ™‚

      Ooh, yes, Kiernan Kane! I was thinking Poetry and Riddling for him buuut… I second him here as well! πŸ˜€ (Honestly, he’d be great for most things… :P)

      And thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  14. I nominate Lady Peg from the Valley of the Dragons trilogy by Donita K. Paul.

    (I feel like I could nominate ALL of Donita K. Paul’s characters for this award. She writes the most bizarre, lovable characters!)

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  15. I also nominate the Owl from M.R. James’ short story, “After Dark in the Playing Fields.” Never before (or possibly since) has a character been able to make such a bizarre, memorable impression in such a short amount of space as this unlucky feathered fellow.

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  18. I also second Puddleglum <3. Definitely one of two VERY favourite people from Narnia!

    I also nominate Arachne from ND Wilson's ASHTOWN BURIALS. Not so much eccentric as very unusual, Arachne is an aloof, dignified immortal who loooooooooves spiders. She has a really interesting blend of creepiness and awesome. Love her!

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  19. Another nomination: The Sha-Una from The Budge-Nuzzard! That hairiest of allies! Hope reborn of tangled hair and great and loping gait! Never did a Weem lope so.

    (Click my name on this comment to meet this most parsupplimous of persons.)

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  20. Heh, this has got to be the first category where I’m not going to be seconding anyone. πŸ˜› But I do have some people to nominate! They are:

    -Mulch Diggums from the Artemis Fowl series (if you’ve read it, you know why he’s so strange)

    -Abbadon (is that how you spell his name?) from the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard series (I’m not sure if he appears in two of the series or all three…) by Bryan Davis (he uses alliteration quite frequently)

    -Dame Primus from The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix (she’s a real oddity, that one)

    -Steven/Nevets from the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda (Steven’s the normal one, and when he’s threatened, his brother–Nevets–appears… but I don’t remember if they’re actually the same person)

    But perhaps the quirkiest character I’ve ever read about is Ferrin from the Beyonders trilogy by Brandon Mull. He’s from a group of people called displacers, who can take themselves apart and still live. There was one scene in the book where, in order to escape from prison, Ferrin detached one of his hands and threw it at the key ring on the wall to get the keys.

    I feel like I’m forgetting a character… oh well. πŸ˜„

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      • I second Abaddon! I adore that alliterative antagonist. (He’s not always an antagonist, but come on, I needed an A word.)

        And I suppose I’ll second Mulch Diggums as well. Not that I like him, but he is most definitely a strange one. πŸ˜›

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      • Yes, Mulch is EXTREMELY strange. πŸ˜„ You haven’t?! You really should read those series by Bryan Davis, The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix, and the Beyonders trilogy by Brandon Mull. πŸ˜€

        I’m also nominating Doctor Scamandros from The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. He’s a sorcerer (anything magical in the series is called sorcerous) who has tattoos all over his head that change and move depending on his mood, or whatever.

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  21. I nominate Fred from The Dark Sea Annals (by Wayne Thomas Batson)! He’s the only talking sword with which I’m familiar, and he’s rather odd. πŸ˜„

    Also, does Peter Pan count as fantasy? Because if so, I wholeheartedly nominate Peter Pan himself, the slightly conceited boy who never wishes to grow up.

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    • Peter Pan totally counts as fantasy! πŸ™‚ I second him. ^_^

      (Also wow, there’s a talking sword named Fred? This I must learn about. o.o I’ve only read one WTB which is sad and shall be remedied…)

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      • I second Peter Pan and Fred! (Deborah, you’ve only read one WTB? For some reason I thought you’d read most of them! o.o XD)

        I would also like to nominate the cat lady from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. *shivers*

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        • I read Isle of Swords (years ago, and LOVED it) and own the third, but haven’t gotten my hands on the second one in the series, sadly… I also own books 1 and 3 of the Door Within series, and also Dreamtreaders. But I’ve only read Isle of Swords so far. I know, it’s sad… *cough*

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