The tally of nominations and seconds is in, with the top five characters in each category moving on to the second round: voting! There’s also an epic Tolkien-themed Grand Prize you can enter to win by joining in a fun scavenger hunt — details below!
In this post:
- Top 5 Heroines moving on to voting
- Time to Vote! July 10-14 (Voting details and link)
- Scavenger Hunt/Grand Prize Tolkien Giveaway
- Winner announced for Firethorn Crown prize pack/Paper Crowns
- The other nominated heroines
TOP 5 HEROINES MOVING TO THE NEXT ROUND
There were a total of 93 individual heroines nominated for this award! I am absolutely floored by this. :O Thanks ever so much to everyone who nominated or seconded! Apparently there are scores of epic heroines from fantasy literature who deserve recognition, and this award, which is new this year, seems to have been overdue for an appearance! 😉
While I’m sure these heroines are all worthy, only five can progress on to the second phase of voting, and those five were chosen by having the highest number of “seconds.”
The top five nominees for the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril are:
Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Known as Lucy Pevensie in our world, and Queen Lucy the Valiant in the land of Narnia (though once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen!), this heroine may be young but she has the heart of a lion. Loyal, loving, brave and kind, she always tries to follow Aslan’s will and take the right path, no matter how hard it seems. With courage in one hand and her healing cordial in the other, she is a merry soul and a true comrade to have.
Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a person of great compassion and strength, risking her life for those in peril and facing challenges head-on instead of hiding from them. A cyborg mechanic, she’s street-savvy, smart, resourceful, and protective of those she loves; she’s someone to have on your side in a crisis. Being a cyborg gets her a lot of hate, and she has to learn how to cope with unfair views. She often faces morally gray situations where she could justify her actions either way, and she still strives to choose rightly.
Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Cress is a spunky, somewhat naive heroine. She may not be of much help in a fight, but her sharp computer skills and her big heart certainly come to her friends’ rescue time and again. No one can hack into government systems like she can, and no one can stand in her way when someone she loves is in danger.
Kyrin Altair from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
Kyrin Altair has the ability to remember everything, is kind, protective, extremely perceptive, and determined to help those who believe they can’t be helped. She is very close to her twin brother Kaden, and she stands up for her faith in Elom, even in the face of death. She can fight in a pinch, but her true strength lies in her faith, kindness, loyalty, and her ability to see past a rough exterior into the true worth of a person’s soul.
Rose Red/Varvare from The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
(of “Veiled Rose” and “Moonblood”)
Rose Red dresses all in veils that conceal her completely, to hide her appearance, and is unexpectedly strong for her thin frame. Also known as Varvare, or affectionately as Rosie, she is immensely loyal, no matter the obstacles or the looks people give her. Steadfast and goodhearted (though sometimes as stubborn as her goat Beana), she’s a simple soul whose plain mountain-girl accent and dirty white veils cover a spirit of down-to-earth goodness which is as solid as the stone of mountains.
Which of these five do YOU think most deserves to win the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril? Get thee hence and cast your vote!
It is now time for you to vote for your favorite out of the five in each of the 10 Silmaril categories, which you can do HERE in one handy voting form!
(Please note that all ten of us SilmAwards bloggers are linking to the SAME FORM so that it will be more convenient.)
Voting runs from July 10 – July 14, so make sure you get your votes in before midnight on Friday!
SCAVENGER HUNT / GIVEAWAY
Grand prize for scavenger hunt: Hobbit map, Tolkien trivia book, replica of the One Ring.
To collect all the clues for the scavenger hunt, start at Tracey’s blog if you haven’t, and go through each post in order, collecting the phrases (which should be easy to find, standing out in some way and linking to the next blog) and moving on to the next blog to find the next part.
You will then type (or copy/paste) the full secret message into the voting form, linked above under VOTING.
Since this scavenger hunt is linked with Tolkien’s works and specifically the Silmarils, you may want to know as one of your clues that the Silmarils are . . . Objects of Melkor’s deep desire.
One winner will be chosen from among the correct answers, and that winner will be announced on July 29 during the Tolkien and Fantasy Celebration we’re holding that day (when you can do a post of your own about Fantasy or Middle-earth; don’t forget!).
The winner of the Firethorn Crown prize pack and Paper Crowns is . . .
Congratulations! We will be in touch with you about getting you your prize.
Thanks so much to everyone entered!
The other giveaways are being announced on the blogs they were hosted on.
Be sure to enter the Grand Prize giveaway through the scavenger hunt, above!
OTHER NOMINATED HEROINES
Even though they didn’t make it to the next round, I’d like to highlight all the fantastic ladies who were nominated, so I’m listing them here!
I’d like to read many of these books that I haven’t yet! If you’re on the lookout for great fantasy with heroic heroines, this might be a good list to start with! 😉 I’ve listed them in order of some mix of the number of nominations recieved, and the order they were nominated in. (Eilonwy, Hermione, Vin, and Sophie, were so close to the top!)
Here are the heroines who did not make it to the second round of voting, but are no less epically heroic for all that! 🙂
- Eilonwy from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles
- Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Vin from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)
- Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Sairu from Golden Daughter by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
- Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Evanlyn/Cassandra from The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
- Wilhelmina Klug from The Bright Empire series by Stephen R. Lawhead
- Ella from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Polly from The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
- Sarah Cobbler from Andrew Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga”
- Aravis from The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
- Nyssa Glass from H. L. Burke’s Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors
- Shallan from Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
- Vrell from the Blood of Kings trilogy by Jill Williamson
- Princess Cimorene (Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede)
- Ginny/Ginger (Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal)
- Leeli Igiby from Andrew Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga”
- Steris from Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
- Addie from Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
- Irene, the older and the younger, from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
- Bonnie Silver from Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
- Sapphira Adi from Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
- Starflower from the book of the same name by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
- Antoinette Reed from Wayne Thomas Batson’s “The Door Within”.
- Kat Simpson/Lord Alreenia Hiddenblade from Batson and Hopper’s “The Berinfell Prophecies”
- Wendy Darling from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- Lady Anne from the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
- Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
- Sorvashti from the Sentinel Books by Jamie Foley
- Kale from the DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul
- Ashley from the Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series by Bryan Davis
- Muggles from The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
- Alexa from the Land of Elyon books by Patrick Carman
- Cordelia Beaumont from The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz
- Birdie from Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams
- Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Lilybet Haverly from Wither by Savannah Jezowski
- Cecilia from Esprit de la Rose by Kaycee Browning
- Princess Kamarie from King’s Warrior and Yorien’s Hand by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
- Albany York from C. B. Cook’s “Twinepathy”
- Marcelle from the Tales of Starlight books by Bryan Davis
- Jill from The Silver Chair/The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
- Anna from Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
- Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- Darsal from the Lost Books series
- Amalthea from The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
- Hualiama from Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia
- Holly Short from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
- Elodie (Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick)
- Perry from Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
- Annabeth of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
- Imogen from the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Ela Roeh from Prophet by R.J. Larson
- Shannon from “Dragon’s Curse” by H. L. Burke
- Leilani from Beggar Magic by H.L. Burke
- Princess Lily from The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue
- Gwenn from Wayne Thomas Batson’s “The Door Within”.
- Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Lady Leta from Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
- Orual from Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
- Azalea from Entwined by Heather Dixon
- Silvie from the Lost Books series by Ted Dekker
- Frances Beznar from Elithius
- Bess from Threadbare by Bethany Jennings
- Isabella from Masque by W.R. Gingell
- Sabriel of The Abhorsen Chronicles by Garth Nix
- Granuaile of the Iron Druid Chronicles
- Gracie Lockwood from “My Diary from the Edge of the World” by Jodi Lynn Anderson
- Alex from The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
- Auralia from the Auralia Thread by Jeffrey Overstreet
- Tek Lara from Prophet by R.J. Larson
- Eun Na from “Eun Na and the Phantom” by Erica Laurie
- Gwendolyn Lancaster from The Aeronaut’s Windlass
- Seraphina from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- Robin from “Sew, It’s a Quest” by Kendra Ardnek
- Maraly Weaver from The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
- Virginia Ramsey from Rachel Starr Thomson’s Seventh World trilogy
- Lila from the League of Princes series
- Cinderella from the League of Princes series
- Hazel from Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
- Elena from Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdhall
- Mirasol from Chalice by Robin McKinley
- Katriona from Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
- Celine from Lady Moon by Rachel Starr Thomson
- Glory from Wings of Fire
Thanks so much to everyone who has nominated/seconded your favorite heroines (and other characters) and have been involved with filling this second Silmarillion Awards with so much fantasy fun/celebration/chatting! You are the best! Thank you! I hope you enjoy the next parts of this bloggish celebration! Don’t forget to vote and share the word with #SilmAwards2017 if you wish! Thanks for reading! ^_^