Most Epic Heroine Nominations! #SilmAwards2017

And so it begins, my friends!

The Second Annual Silmarillion Awards start today, so it’s time to nominate your favorite fantasy characters!

(Plus, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!)

The Silmarillion Awards are a just-for-fun “Fantasy Oscars” blog event to recognize our favorite characters from fantasy literature by awarding them “Silmaril” awards for best-in-category — more about it here, if you’re new.

We (myself and 9 other awesome bloggers, not to mention all you fantasy fans out there!) hold it in July to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings. This is the perfect year, too — did you know Tolkien’s earliest pennings of the tales of The Silmarillion can be found in notebooks dating as far back as 1917? That’s 100 years ago, people! :O

The Silmarillion Awards is one of my favorite times of year — a time to celebrate all things Tolkien and fantasy, particularly the beloved inhabitants of our favorite fantasy books!

Here on this blog, I’m hosting . . .

The “Most Epic Heroine” Silmaril

The Most Epic Heroine Silmaril should go to a character who is a truly great heroine: she can be intelligent, brave, loving, with an inner or outer grace that defines her as a most epic heroine, willing to fight (either physically or with her intellect) against all odds for what she loves — a heroine beloved by other characters and readers alike; whether quiet or spirited, she should exemplify the spark of higher qualities which the great heroes and heroines of fantasy fiction hold.

This Silmaril will be presented by a certain shieldmaiden from the home of the horse-lords, famed for her heroism, strong will, persistence in the face of danger, and defeating a foe no man could slay, eventually finding her true place as a fair lady of healing; a graceful and truly most epic heroine.

And now, my fabulous fantasy friends, this is where you come in. These awards are fan-voted, which means you!

Nominate your favorite heroines here!

This post is the place to nominate your favorite epic heroines from fantasy, which you can do by commenting below! (Please mention the book the character is from, as well!)

If someone has already nominated a character you wanted to nominate, you can “second” (or “third”, “fourth”, “fifth” etc.) their nomination by replying to that comment.

The top five characters in each category with the most seconds/nominations will go to the next round of voting (beginning July 10).

A few guidelines…
  • When nominating, please mention which book the character is from!
  • You can nominate or second as many characters as you like!
  • Nominations are only open to fantasy characters, as these are “Fantasy” awards (hence, things like The Hunger Games don’t apply — since that’s Dystopian, for example).
  • Don’t nominate Tolkien’s characters (they’re already the standard for these categories!).
  • Don’t nominate a character you wrote (though your fans are welcome to!).
  • As lifetime awards, the characters who won last year aren’t eligible (though “Most Epic Heroine” is a new award this year, so there’s no one off-limits on that count for this one!).
  • Spread the word on social media using #SilmAwards2017
  • If you have questions that I did not answer, feel free to ask!
  • Have fun!

These awards are just for fun, so enjoy yourself and have a blast celebrating all things fantasy and applauding your favorite characters (including heroines! ;)) from fantasy literature! πŸ™‚


Nominations are open July 3 – 7, so nominate away! πŸ™‚

  • July 10-14: Second Round Voting
  • July 17-28: Awards Presented
  • July 29: Fantasy Celebration

The Other Awards

Don’t forget to drop by the other blogs to see the other categories and nominate (or second) characters for those as well! (The other hosting bloggers have more fantasy giveaways too, so be sure to enter those!)

(FYI: You can get this gorgeous graphic by DJ Edwardson on a commemorative t-shirt or mug this year! For 10% off, use coupon code: TOLKIEN2017 [Proceeds go to support future Silmarillion Awards events.])


Speaking of epic fantasy heroines… I’m so excited to share a delightful giveaway with you here on my blog today!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of two epic fantasy-themed prizes, featuring great heroines as well. πŸ˜‰

One winner will receive:

Firethorn Chronicles Prize Pack (Kindle copy of The Firethorn Crown, paperback copy of Midsummer Captives, dragon wing necklace, bookmark), provided by fantasy author Lea DouΓ©.

I’ve read and enjoyed The Firethorn Crown, and as a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, it definitely has several great fantasy heroines! πŸ˜‰

A second winner will receive:

A paperback copy of Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, provided by yours truly.

Paper Crowns is one of my top favorite fantasy books of all time, and also features one of my favorite heroines ever. πŸ™‚ So it seemed like the perfect thing to give away! (Plus, everyone needs to read it. XD)

Enter the giveaway HERE via the Rafflecopter

(Giveaway is open for residents of US and Canada, running through July 3 – 9, and winners will be announced sometime thereafter. :))

So what are you waiting for?

Nominate away, my fabulous fantasy friends! Who will you nominate (or second!) for Most Epic Fantasy Heroine? Comment below through July 7th and celebrate your favorite heroines! I can’t wait to see everyone’s nominations! πŸ™‚


291 thoughts on “Most Epic Heroine Nominations! #SilmAwards2017

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  3. Kyrin Altair from the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight! Her strongpoint isn’t physical fighting, but her bravery, faith, and epic memory skills make up for that. πŸ˜‰

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  4. I just realized I that the category for hero is gender split so I’m probably going to get in trouble for nominating a heroine for best hero … but I’ll nominate her here again (and then try to think if there are any dudes I like outside of Aragorn and Co which seems over played)

    Hualiama from Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia

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  6. I feel like I have so many nominations (same with the hero category)… I may go overboard. XD

    -Lilybet Haverly from Wither by Savannah Jezowski
    -Bonnie Silver from Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
    -Sapphira Adi from the same series (minus DIOM)
    -Starflower from the book of the same name by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    -Imogen from the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    -Ela Roeh from Prophet by R.J. Larson
    -Polly from The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
    -Auralia from the Auralia Thread by Jeffrey Overstreet

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  7. I nominate Princess Kamarie from King’s Warrior and Yorien’s Hand by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt. There never is a challenge that Kamarie will not rise up to meet.

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  8. I nominate
    – Leeli Igiby from Andrew Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga”.
    – Sarah Cobbler from Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga”.
    – Gwenn from Wayne Thomas Batson’s “The Door Within”.
    – Antoinette Reed from Batson’s “The Door Within”.
    – Kat Simpson/Lord Alreenia Hiddenblade from Batson and Hopper’s “The Berinfell Prophecies”.
    – Albany York from C. B. Cook’s “Twinepathy”.

    (really, people, how come these gals weren’t nominated yet?? They’re only some of the most incredible female characters to be written! Second to Eowyn herself, Tauriel of Mirkwood, Padme Amidalla, and Leia Organa, [and a whole slew of other epic female SW characters I won’t make you read through], of course.) =D

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  9. I may be totally off here, but I feel like I saw a category for Most Tragic Death last year… that just my imagination making things up, or did it actually happen and just get left off the list this year?

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  10. I mean it’s the Silmarillion awards after all so, I nominate Luthien. She is seriously one of the coolest literary females ever. She SINGS Morgoth into defeat. Sorta. But I digress.

    Also Cinderella from the League of Princes series. Or Lila.

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  11. (I’m gonna do separate comments for each of my nominations to keep it more organized. Hope that’s okay!)

    First, I nominate Lady Anne from the Ilyon Chronicles. I totally loved her and hope we see more of her in the later books!

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  12. Annnnd I nominate Ashley from the Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series by Bryan Davis.

    (Okay, I’m done! Maybe I should have done them all in one comment. I didn’t realize I had so many nominations. o.o But ALL the epic heroines!)

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  13. Hazel from Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: Elena from Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdhall: Mirasol from Chalice and Katriona from spindles end by Robin Mckinley- oh! Does Meg from a Wrinkle in time count?

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  14. I nominate Aravis from The Horse and His Boy!

    And second Rose Red. πŸ™‚

    And nominate Lady Leta from Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. πŸ™‚

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    I don’t THINK anyone has already nominated them… But they are some of my favorites!!

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  16. I nominate Celine from Lady Moon by Rachel Starr Thomson! (Such an underrated book and I WISH more people knew about it!)

    Also, I want to nominate Anna from Illusionarium by Heather Dixon, but I’m not sure if that counts as fantasy since it’s steampunk.

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  17. I nominate (can we nominate more than one? Cause I want to)

    Darsal from Lost Books by Ted Dekker,
    Cinder from Lunar Chronicles,
    Kale from Dragon Keeper Chronicles,
    Inej from Six of Crows, and
    Jill from Narnia.

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