Silmaril Awards 2019! Silver Tongue Nominations! (Closed!)


Welcome to the 4th Annual Silmaril Awards! (#SilmAwards2019)

The Silmaril Awards are fan-voted awards for the most outstanding characters in fantasy fiction — a sort of fantasy-book-character Oscars just for fun — and YOU, my friends, get to nominate said characters!

Characters from any fantasy books — unless they are written by J. R. R. Tolkien (since his characters are the Fantasy Standard for these purposes), or have already won the award before — are eligible to be nominated.

You can read more about this blog event at and check out the list of previous winners.

ALSO! New this year: A Facebook group! Go check it out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Keep reading for the links to other awards, the timeline, rules, and how to nominate, but first . . .

Here on my blog, I’m hosting . . .

The Silmaril Award for Most Silver Tongue!

This award was originally for Poetry and Riddling, but was updated to this name to include any character who can arguably be said to possess a silver tongue!

Previous winners of this award (who are therefore not eligible for nomination) are:

  • The Sorting Hat (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)
  • Mo/Silver Tongue (Inkheart by Cornelia Funke)
  • Wizard Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)

(And, of course, our own dear Bilbo Baggins will be presenting it.)

So that should give you an idea of the sort of characters who might be worthy of the Silver Tongue award. ๐Ÿ˜‰

*silver trumpets sound*

Come one, come all!

Those gifted with a way with words!

Poet, bard, or minstrel!

Those whose speech enchants the listener!

Those, perhaps, who speak riddles, or are fluent in snark, or on whose every word the reader hangs breathlessly!

Readers, share your favorite silver-tongued characters from fantasy books, and may the most eloquent win!

Nominate away in the comments below!

Awards List

Be sure to check out the other categories in the list of posts below, on the other hosts’ blogs, and go share your nominations for those!


September 2nd: Nominations open!

Nominations run Mon., Sept. 2 – Fri., Sept. 6, so be sure to leave your comments (and come back throughout the week to “second” other nominations!) this week!

September 9th: Voting begins

September 16th-27th: Awards will be announced on the various sites of the various presenters each weekday during this time.


  1. Again, Tolkienโ€™s characters are not eligible to win these awards. We creators of the Silmarillion Awards see them as the ultimate standards for these categories already, which is why they are the Presenters of the Silmarils.
  2. These awards are for FANTASY characters! This means no science fiction. However, if you can make a good, solid argument for the fantastical elements in a particular science-fantasy, then by all means, go ahead! We will keep a running tab on whether or not a book counts as “fantasy”. (For instance, The Lunar Chronicles has already been accepted as fantasy in this contest.)
  3. Please mention what book the character is from in your nomination. While the hosts of the Silmaril Awards are wizards in their own right and voracious book dragons of speculative fiction, we havenโ€™t all read EVERY book out there, and we might not recognize certain characters.
  4. Authors are welcome to participate, but please refrain from nominating your OWN characters. You may, of course, direct your fans to this event, though.
  5. Characters who have won in a particular category in a previous year are ineligible to be nominated for the same award again. The Silmarils are Lifetime Awards. For a list of the previous winners in each category, please check out our Hall of Fame.
  6. Please remember that these are Fantasy Book Awards. Therefore, a movie character is only eligible for nomination if they were a bookย first!

How to Nominate

Nominations are now closed! Thanks, everyone!

  • Leave a comment below to nominate the character(s) you think are most worthy of the title “Most Silver Tongue”!
  • If someone has already nominated any of those characters, feel free to reply to the other comments and “second” those votes!
  • You may nominate and second as many characters as you like.
  • The top five characters in each category at the end of the week (the ones with the most seconds) will be the ones which progress to the second round, the voting round.

And now . . .

Nominate Away!

Get to it! I can’t wait to see all the silver-tongued characters you guys nominate! ๐Ÿ˜€ (And the other categories, of course!)

Let the Silmaril Awards BEGIN!



174 thoughts on “Silmaril Awards 2019! Silver Tongue Nominations! (Closed!)

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  6. Yay!! I think this should be a national holiday. I love this so much!
    I’m going to be completely unoriginal and nominate Molly Beaumont from Kyle Robert Shultz’s Beaumont and Beasley books and for second nominee… Ailith from Hannah Heath’s Sounds of Deceit.

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  9. My brother and I look forward to the Silmaril Awards every year!
    I nominate Sir Eanrin, the Bard of Rudiobus and Child Lionheart of the Lightning Tongue from Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s The Tales of Goldstone Wood!
    (This will be the year Goldstone Wood characters will win, I know it!)

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  10. I definitely second the Lady of the Green Kirtle and Armulyn. Since my hubby and I are reading through the Wheel of Time right now, I’d also like to nominate the wise words of Lini Eltring; and, of course, no list of silver tongues could be complete without Lloyd Alexander’s Fflewddur Fflam of the Prydain Chronicles.

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  12. Seconding:
    Fflewddur Fflamm

    Can’t think of any new ones to nominate just now, as those were the ones I was coming over here to nominate… but I’ll continue pondering!

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  13. I nominate Migdon from The Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams. ๐Ÿ™‚ He even has the nickname “Silvertongue.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love your blog, Deborah! (I found it through Christine’s blog ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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  15. I nominate Eugenides from the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

    – and –

    Reynie Muldoon from The Mysterious Benedict Society. (It has a slight but definite element of fantasy.)

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  16. Sooo I just came from another host for The Silmaril Awards, and the rules she has posted on her site say that weโ€™re not allowed to second our own recs (but I havenโ€™t read that on any of the other blogs so far; itโ€™s been โ€œnominate and second as many characters as you want”)?
    In which case, I apologize, but would like my recommendations to remain, and shall resubmit if necessary. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Haven’t submitted as many recs to this category as I have the others, but I figured I should post this to all the categories I’ve been through so far, just to verify…

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    • No worries! So sorry if that wasn’t clear enough! Sometimes it’s hard to do the wording well enough for it to be clear. XD

      Seconding is basically like nominating, it’s just easier to second if someone has already nominated that character. A nomination counts the same as a second — each person gets one “vote” per character, but can vote for as many characters as they like, so seconding if they’re already nominated or nominating if no one has suggested them yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ As long as the hosts can keep track, it’s all good. ^_^

      So you’re absolutely fine! I’ll just be counting up the votes, and you have one vote each for Eanrin, Lionheart, Fflewddur, Armulyn, Curdie, and Idris, and that’s all fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks very much for participating and for checking in about! Sorry about the confusion. โค

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  17. I second:
    The Lady of the Green Kirtle (The Silver Chair)
    Armulyn and Leeli (Wingfeather Saga)
    Lini (Wheel of Time) (yess!!!! she’s amazing)
    Fflewddur Fflam (Chronicles of Prydain)
    Chrestomanci (Diana Wynne Jones)
    Sage (The False Prince)
    Curdie (The Princess and the Goblin/Curdie)
    Reynie (The Mysterious Benedict Society)

    I nominate:
    Tanwen (The Story Peddler/Raider)

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  18. I second lady of the green kirtle
    I second molly Beaumont
    I second percy Jackson

    I nominate the lion prince, from branch of silver, branch of gold, by Anne Elisabeth stengl
    (Can we nominate a character who’s already been nominated in a different category? If so I nominate amber, lady dragon tela du, Kendra ardneks character)
    I nominate Cazien de Pollis, from the sunken realm
    I nominate Hal, from paper crowns, by mirriam Neal (snark)
    (For all that I’ve read lots of fantasy I can’t remember as many silver tongues as I’d like)

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  19. I second Rin, and the Florid Sword, Sage and Leeli. My nominations are Kelsier from Mistborn, Keefe Sencen from Keeper of the Lost Cities, Kadin from The Stolen Kingdom and Fin from The Map to Everywhere.

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  20. I nominate Kvothe of the Name of the Wind. He cleverly smooth-talks his way into and out of trouble on a regular basis, succeeding pretty well even in court intrigue (to which he is most definitely NOT accustomed) and gaining entrance to an academy intended for people three years his senior by pure wit and eloquence. A performer by birth, upbringing, and trade–how could there be anyone better for this award than Kvothe?

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