It’s that time again! Welcome to the third annual Silmaril Awards! They have returned, and this week is the time to get in your nominations!
This year, I’m hosting the Wisest Counselor award, for our favorite mentors and wise characters from works of fantasy fiction! I’m excited. 😀 (I mean, I do seem to have been talking about mentors a lot this year… like here… and here…)
Not sure what these awards are? They’re a just-for-fun fan-voted award for the best characters from fantasy books! Sort of an Oscars-type event for fantasy characters.
Since characters from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings are the gold-standard, they will be the ones “presenting” the awards (called “Silmarils” in honor of the jewels from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion) to the winners, who YOU get to nominate and vote for!
You can find out more about the awards and visit the hall of fame to see previous winners at www.silmarilawards.com, with links to the awards ceremonies, details about the hosts, etc. 🙂
How it Works
Round 1: Nominations (Sept 3 – 7)
You nominate a character by going to the category’s blog post (there are ten of us hosting these) and leaving a comment there. (Nominees for Wisest Counselor are to be left in a comment on this post; other character categories can be found in a list below.)
You can also SECOND (or third/fourth/etc.) someone else’s nomination by replying to the comment and saying that you second that nomination.
You may nominate as many characters as you like, and you may second as many characters as you like.
Round 2: Voting (Sept 10 – 14)
For the voting round, the top FIVE characters in each category (the ones with the most seconds) will be moved to the second round and you may vote for one favorite character in each category on a voting form which we will link to.
Round 3: Awards Presentations
The final part of the awards runs from September 17 – 28, and will be the announcements of the winner of each category, on each of the 10 Silmaril Awards host blogs. There will be one post per day, with award presentation ceremonies, featuring Lord of the Rings characters presenting the awards to the winners, chosen by your votes in the second round.
A few rules
- Authors may not nominate their own characters (but, of course, are more than welcome to tell their fans about the awards).
- You may also second as many characters nominated by others as you choose. The more “seconds” a character receives, the more likely that character will move on to the VOTING round, which will be the top five most nominated characters from any given category.
- Nominations are allowed for FANTASY BOOK characters only! (Movie characters are not allowed, unless the BOOK came FIRST). If you aren’t sure if a book qualifies as “fantasy” you can leave a comment and ask, and we’ll get back to you on that.
- Characters who have already won a Silmaril in previous years are part of the “lifetime” Hall of Fame for that award and may not be nominated for an award they have already won (though they may win other awards).
- Tolkien’s characters may also not be nominated, since, as mentioned, they are already the standard for fantasy characters, and we want to give other character a chance to earn their due. 🙂
So what are you waiting for? Nominate away!
Awards list and participating blogs (visit each of them to nominate more characters!)
You can also visit this page on the official site.
- Wisest Counselor – Deborah O’Carroll (you are here! ;))
- Least Competent Henchman – Jenelle Schmidt
- Silver Tongue – DJ Edwardson
- Most Epic Hero – E.E. Rawls
- Strangest Character – Zachary Totah
- Most Epic Heroine – Madeline J. Rose
- Most Mischievous Imp – Abbey Stellingwerff
- Most Magnificent Dragon – Tracey Dyck
- Most Loyal Friend – Savannah Grace
- Most Nefarious Villain – Kyle Robert Shultz
Nominate your favorite Wisest Counselor characters by leaving a comment below!
(Not eligible for this award: Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis [2016 winner], Professor Charles Hamilton from the Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis [2017 winner], and Gandalf, etc. from The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s works.)
Also, feel free to spread the word about these awards with any of these graphics, the official www.silmarilawards.com link, and/or #SilmAwards2018 on social media!
Who is your favorite mentor-type character or “Wisest Counselor” from fantasy fiction? Share in the comments!
EDIT: Nominations are now closed. Voting on the next level will open on September 10!