#SilmAwards2017 Award Presentations Begin This Week!

Just a very small, quick announcement-y post today . . .

The votes are counted, the results are in, and now it’s time for the winners of the best fantasy book characters in the Second Annual Silmarillion Awards to be presented!

(Never gets old. XD)

Here’s the schedule and the links of where to go to “attend” the 2017 Award Presentations for each Silmaril! So they will all be coming soon, and I can’t wait! πŸ˜€

Award Presentation Schedule / Participating Blogs

I only know the winner of the award I’m hosting on my blog, so I’m just as much on the edge of my seat to find out the other winners as you all are! Thanks to everyone who voted, and I hope you’ll all enjoy celebrating the winners, whoever they may be! πŸ˜€

Be sure to come back here next Monday, July 24, when a brave heroine of Middle-earth will be presenting the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril to the most-voted fantasy heroine, here on The Road of a Writer . . .

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a post of my own to write for July 29th about my love for Tolkien’s works and other beloved fantasy literature, not to mention that I also have characters to manage for said Award Presentation Ceremony which must be prepared for all you readers next week, and the clock is definitely ticking . . .

So I will bid you NamΓ‘riΓ« for now, and I hope you enjoy the Silmarillion Award presentation posts throughout the next couple weeks!

Which award are you most excited about finding out the winner? Have you enjoyed the #SilmAwards2017 so far? Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

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™‚

Timeline

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.])

Giveaway

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™‚

NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED; VOTING BEGINS JULY 10.

Announcing 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards!

I have some very exciting news for you all today! πŸ˜€

I’m pleased to announce that this July, beginning next week, myself and 9 other awesome bloggers are going to present . . .

The Second Annual Silmarillion Awards

Some may remember last year’s awards, but for anyone new (or needing a refreshed memory) they are a fan-voted just-for-fun award for recognizing the greatest fantasy characters in several categories… And since characters from The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) are fairly universally recognized as the top of the line in these matters, they are the ones presenting the awards, “Silmarils” (from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion), to said fan-voted characters.

These are unofficial, just-for-fun awards, a sort of “Fantasy Oscars” for beloved characters from fantasy novels. πŸ™‚

We’re also having oodles of fun giveaways, a scavenger hunt for a Tolkien-themed grand-prize, and all sorts of fantasy fun, so you are NOT going to want to miss this! πŸ˜€ (You can also get a snazzy commemorative t-shirt or mug to cover costs, if you like; details on Jenelle’s blog here about that and other SilmAwards details!)

This year, we’re switching things up and each taking a different award than we had before. There are also a few different categories that that weren’t here last year! As well as a couple of new bloggers joining us! We’re all very excited. πŸ˜€

Last year, I hosted the Strangest Character Silmaril (presented by Tom Bombadil) which was awarded to Puddleglum in rhyme-form. (Now THAT was fun…)

This time, I will be presenting an award that is new this year:

The Most Epic Heroine Silmaril (Presented by Eowyn)

I’m very excited. πŸ˜€

The other awards, their presenters, and the bloggers hosting them are as follows:

Notes:

  1. These are LIFETIME awards, which means that a character who won an award in a previous year is not eligible for this year.
  2. Characters from Tolkien’s works are also not eligible for voting, since they are already recognized as the top characters in those categories of fantasy excellence, which is why they’re presenting them. πŸ™‚
  3. And you can’t nominate a character YOU wrote; though you are definitely welcome to tell your own readers about the awards and encourage them to nominate some of your characters. πŸ™‚

Time Line

The time-line is going to be:

  • Round 1: July 3-7: Nominations Begin! Nominate your favorite fantasy characters from beloved books, in the appropriate comment-thread of each participating blog for that category (or “second” someone else’s nomination!).
  • Round 2: July 10-14: Voting Begins! The top 5 characters in each category with the most “seconds” will be up for voting during this week. Be sure to vote for your favorite in each category!
  • Round 3: July 17-28: Award Presentation! The winner of each category will be announced on the hosting blogs on different days throughout this period of time, and the characters from The Lord of the Rings (or The Hobbit) representing each category will present the Silmaril awards to the most-voted-for characters!
  • Round 4: July 29: Celebrate! In celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, you’re invited to join the fun by posting on your own blog or social media about why you love Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, etc. Basically, let’s party about all things Fantasy and/or Tolkien!

What do you do now?

I know, it’s SUCH suspense, having to wait a whole week!

But if you need something to do while you wait, may I suggest you:

  • Follow the hosts’ blogs if you don’t already (they’re all awesome!)
  • Get excited!
  • Spread the word around social media (use #SilmAwards2017)
  • If you’re a blogger, you can start thinking up some sort of fantasy-or-Tolkien-appreciation post for the end of July, because you have a whole month to do it! πŸ˜‰
  • Most importantly, start thinking of your favorite fantasy characters in each of those categories so you’ll be all ready to start nominating on July 3rd!

Stay tuned, as there will be more info (and the awards themselves), as well as giveaways and general fantasy fun, coming next week and all through July. πŸ™‚

(You can also share this infographic I made, below. Or the gorgeous, official SilmAwards logos, above, that DJ Edwardson made.)

Nominations start in one week! So get ready!! πŸ˜€

What do you think?

Are you excited? I’M EXCITED. Which award are you most looking forward to? And does it sound like it’s going to be epic or WHAT? πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading! ^_^

“So it Begins…” (Silmarillion Awards Presentations)

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This is it, guys!

Beginning today and running through July 28th, each day one more winner of the Silmarillion Awards 2016 will be announced on the blogs of the hosters of these awards!

It’s going to be exciting for everyone, even me, since I only know the winner of the award I’m hosting… So we all get to be surprised, and I’m waiting curiously just like the rest of you!

Each of the hosters will be having a character from The Lord of the Rings over on our blogs to present the award to the fan-voted winner of each category. It’s going to be so much fun and I can’t wait to see all the posts!

Below is the posting schedule, and I’ll be updating each link throughout the next week-and-a-half as the posts go live. πŸ™‚

BONUS: Don’t forget that on July 29th, we’re having an online Tolkien party!

How can you join in? Simple — just do some sort of post about something Lord-of-the-Rings-ish, to celebrate our love for that great work of art on the 62nd birthday of its publication! πŸ™‚

You can post on your blog, or Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/wherever! And you can use the hashtag #SilmAwards2016, and also drop by Jenelle’s site when the time comes, where she’s going to have a linkup so you can add your links!

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I have a few book reviews coming out this week, hopefully, and I’ll have my post for the Strangest Character Silmaril award winner on Tuesday, July 26th, so watch out for those! πŸ™‚

Meantime, I hope you’re as excited about the wrapping up of these just-for-fun fan-voted bookish fantasy awards as I am!

Have a lovely weekend, all! ^_^

Phase 2: Vote! (Silmarillion Awards)

“The time has come,” the blogger said, “to talk of many things;

Of fantasy and characters; of Silmarils and Rings!”

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist…)

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Happy Independence Day to those living where I do!

Happy Monday to others!

And to everyone: Happy First Day of Phase 2 of the Silmarillion Awards: Voting!

Because this is a day for fireworks and is also a Lord-of-the-Rings-ish post . . . I can’t resist how perfect Gandalf’s fireworks are for this occasion. So here:

ANYWAY.

Here’s the info on the voting!

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The top five nominees for the the 2016 Strangest Character Silmarillion Award (from which a single winner will be chosen by voting) are:

1. Puddleglum from The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

I shouldn’t wonder if everyone already knows this most famous of Marshwiggles… so the bright side of it is, perhaps he needs no introduction… You may find him making eel stew or predicting rain or the worst possible things to happen, but a more stalwart (and odd) friend is difficult to find. Strangeness is evident in every pessimistic inch of him… even though often he’s in fact “making the best of it” by acting pessimistic when really he’s lifting his comrade’s spirits in a most unusual way.

2. Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Wizard Howl Pendragon rather defies description, such is his strangeness and complexity. A young but powerful wizard, he would have you believe the worst of him, when in reality, beneath his many outward appearances, he’s actually hiding a noble character… albeit perhaps very deep beneath… Noted for his spruce appearance, about which he’s very vain, he has glassy green eyes and (usually) blond hair and often a blue-and-silver suit with flying sleeves. He lives in a moving castle, which is bizarre in itself, and is dramatic and self-centered and cowardly, not to mention having head-colds like a drama queen and tending to spend at least two hours in the bathroom in the mornings (vain, I told you). But despite his oddities and sometimes apparent heartlessness, he’s all in all a softhearted, kind, overall good person.

In the words of another character in the series, which I cannot argue with: “He’s the best wizard in Ingary or anywhere else. … He’s sly and selfish and vain as a peacock and cowardly, and you can’t pin him down to anything.” (from Castle in the Air)

3. Pete the Sockman from The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

While I’ve yet to read this series, and so have not met this character myself, I have it on good authority that Pete the Sockman is a mysterious, rather acrobatic person who is tall and awkward and wears patchwork clothing, giving him a scarecrow-like appearance, and wears socks on his hands (hence his name). I’ve heard him described as a sort of tragic town fool, living alone, who nonetheless comes to the aid of the main characters in surprising ways that let you know there is more to him than just a clueless outcast.

4. Calcifer, also from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Calcifer has a crackly, fiery personality… likely because he is, in fact, a fire. A magical fire-demon, he has a unique partnership with the wizard Howl and is in fact the one who powers the moving castle of the book’s title. He lives in the fireplace and “eats” logs, and historically only lets Howl cook on him (until, of course, the strong-willed Sophie shows up…). He’s cranky, opinionated, and occasionally devious, but underneath he has a heart of gold, is actually extremely loyal to Howl and his friends, and Howl trusts him with his life. As an eccentric fire who is persnickety and prone to complaining, he’s definitely strange.

5. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Again, I have not personally “met” this character since I have yet to read this series. However, Luna Lovegood is, I hear, a quite odd, dreamy character, with long pale hair and a tendency toward dottiness and looking permanently surprised, as well as a strange fashion sense (like wearing dirigible plum earrings, a necklace of Butterbeer caps, her wand behind her ear, etc.).

The five characters in each award category with the most nominations are now listed in this handy voting form where you can vote for a character in each category:

GO HERE TO VOTE! πŸ™‚

You have until Thursday, July 14, to vote!

(Winners will be announced on the various blogs July 16 through July 28. The winner of the Strangest Character Silmaril Award, chosen from among the top five by fan-voting, will be posted here on my blog on July 26.)

Also, because I thought it would be fun, and since there will of course only be one “winner” and yet I feel like all the nominees deserve mentioning . . .

Here’s a list of all the other nominations, after the top five, for “Strangest Character” in fantasy literature!

They should all be proud of themselves for being memorably and phenomenally odd. πŸ˜‰

  • Nidawi the Everblooming from Shadowhand – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Winter from The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
  • Angela from The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini
  • The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Salazar from Paper Crowns – Mirriam Neal
  • Gurgi from The Prydain Chronicles – Lloyd Alexander
  • Wizard Fenworth from The Dragonkeeper Chronicles – Donita K. Paul
  • Peter Pan from Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
  • Lady Peg from The Valley of the Dragons Trilogy – Donita K. Paul
  • Wit from anything Cosmere – Brandon Sanderson
  • Mother Mungry from The Warden and the Wolf King – Andrew Peterson
  • Elder Cadwick from The Warden and the Wolf King – Andrew Peterson
  • Fred the talking sword from The Dark Sea Annals – Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Lightsong from Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson
  • Kiernan Kane from The Minstrel’s Song series – Jenelle Schmidt
  • Shadwick (Shimrad?) from The Warden and the Wolf King – Andrew Peterson
  • Mulch Diggums from The Artemis Fowl series – Eoin Colfer
  • Abbadon from The Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard series – Bryan Davis
  • Fezzik from The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  • Lucinda from Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  • Zifnab from The Death Gate Cycle – Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
  • Bridger from The Realmwalkers Series – Donita K. Paul
  • Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  • The Owl from After Dark in the Playing Fields (short story) – M.R. James
  • Axe Cop from Axe Cop (webcomic?) – Malachai Nicolle & Ethan Nicolle
  • The Sha-Una from The Budge-Nuzzard – A.S. Peterson?
  • Arachne from Ashtown Burials – N.D. Wilson
  • Brierly Steward from Waking Beauty – Sarah E. Morin
  • Dame Primus from The Keys to the Kingdom series – Garth Nix
  • Steven/Nevets from The Deltora Quest series – Emily Rodda
  • Ferrin from The Beyonders Trilogy – Brandon Mull
  • Doctor Scamandros from The Keys to the Kingdom series – Garth Nix
  • Tomas from Lady Moon – Rachel Starr Thomson
  • Snufkin from The Moomin series – Tove Jansson)
  • the cat lady from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

And I don’t know about anyone else, but all those characters/things from all those fantasy books being discussed in all the comments of these posts make me want to go read (and/or reread!) all the fantasy books now! I think my TBR pile may have grown… Am I the only one? πŸ˜‰

Anyway! Vote away! πŸ™‚

Also check out the posts from the other 9 bloggers hosting these awards! We’re all linking to the same form and you only need to vote once, but many of us are also talking about the characters in the top five, so do drop by and give the other posts a read! ^_^

  • DJ Edwardson Hosting the Best Friend Silmaril
  • Jenelle Schmidt Hosting the Most Heart Wrenching Death Scene Silmaril
  • Deborah O’Carroll Hosting the Strangest Character Silmaril
  • JL Mbewe Hosting the Best Redemption Story Silmaril
  • Tracey Hosting the Riddling and Poetry Silmaril
  • Jack Lewis Baillot Hosting the Best Fantasy Mount Silmaril
  • Madeline J. Rose Hosting the Most Epic Hero Silmaril
  • Zachary Totah Hosting the Wisest Counsellor Silmaril
  • E. Rawls Hosting the Best Fantasy Weapon Silmaril
  • Abbey Hosting the Most Nefarious Villain Silmaril.

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