Silmaril Awards Voting + Top 5 Silver Tongue Nominees! (2019)

Welcome to the second round of the 2019 Silmaril Awards! It’s time to vote on the top nominees which y’all nominated and seconded last week!

There were 45 nominees for Most Silver Tongue (Wow! Thanks, guys!) and the top five most-seconded nominees are moving on to the voting round!

They are . . .

*drumroll*

Nominees for the Most Silver Tongue Silmaril Award

Sir Eanrin (Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl)

Poet for King Iubdan, Chief Bard of Rudiobus, Knight of Farthestshore, and — oh yes — a faerie and sometimes a cat. His poetry and songs are famed across both worlds and the Wood Between, with many ballads of love, particularly for the Lady Gleamdren. His tongue is slick in other ways since he’s quite well-versed in snark as well. 😉 If he’s not moonlighting as a ginger cat you can usually find him wearing a fabulous scarlet outfit — and don’t forget the hat!

Curdie (The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald)

Young Curdie’s skill in coming up with rhymes is a weapon against the goblins in the mountain, literally. They can’t abide rhymes, since they can’t make their own, and Curdie’s poetry prowess often saves himself and the princess Irene. A brave little miner, you’ll often see him carrying his mattock and using his poetry, bravery, and cleverness, and store of unexpected wisdom for one his age. He definitely has a silver tongue.

The Lady of the Green Kirtle (The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis)

The Lady of the Green Kirtle (also known as the Emerald Witch) is lady of the Underworld realm and a very devious person who hides her serpent-like poison behind honey-sweet words. She has been known to play a mandolin and to speak sweetly in a near-hypnotizing way — and a seeming-silver tongue is not the only thing of silver in her possession, since she has a certain sinister silver chair…

Fflewddur Fflam (The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander)

A flamboyant, lanky fellow, with long spindly arms and legs, and bright yellow spiky hair that sticks up all over his head. Despite having a small kingdom of his own, he prefers traveling across the land of Prydain with his beautiful harp — which almost plays itself, and has one apparent flaw: the fact that its strings are prone to snapping when he, shall we say, “colors the facts,” which he is extremely prone to doing, adding a little fiction to much of his life. While he may not be the most conventional bard, he’s a staunch friend and often has an unexpected wise word to give, and his harp, despite broken strings, shares the sweetest music.

Armulyn the Bard (The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson)

Famed across all of Aerwiar, Armulyn the Bard is said to have visited the Shining Isle of Anniera, and is also said to travel in regal garb on a majestic horse. That last is not true, since he travels barefoot, with his worn whistleharp, but though weathered and battered he may seem, his tales of great deeds and legends and music on his whistleharp are as brilliant as the shining jewels of Anniera. His words definitely enthrall and it would seem he’s highly worthy of the title Silver Tongue.

How Voting Works

Voting starts today (Mon., Sept. 9) and ends at 11:59 pm Central Time, Friday, September 13. (Friday the 13th, at midnight, if that helps. ;))

You vote for all of the categories in a single form, which I’ll link below.

But you can also visit the other blogs to read more about the five characters in each category — and some of the posts might be fun, so be sure to check them out!

The winners will be presented September 16 – 27, one per day on each of the host blogs. (Check back here on the 25th for the Most Silver Tongue awards presentation ceremony!)

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And that’s all you need to know for this round. May the best (or, in the case of the villain categories, worst…?) characters win!

Other Silver Tongue characters

For those curious, I thought it would be fun to share the other nominees, who did not make it to the second round, in one handy list — so you can go check out their books if you would like to read about beloved silver-tongued characters in fantasy fiction! (These top few came pretty close!)

  • Child Lionheart of the Lightning Tongue (Tales of Goldstone Wood – Anne Elisabeth Stengl)
  • Sage (The False Prince – Jennifer A. Nielsen)
  • Arbrook Huxley (The Electrical Menagerie – Mollie E. Reeder)
  • The Florid Sword (The Wingfeather Saga – Andrew Peterson)
  • Molly Beaumont (Beaumont and Beasley – Kyle Robert Shultz)
  • Hoid/Wit (Cosmere – Brandon Sanderson)
  • Leeli (The Wingfeather Saga – Andrew Peterson)
  • Chrestomanci (Chrestomanci series – Diana Wynne Jones)
  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series – Rick Riordan)
  • Timothy Silvar/Carliss (Ilyon Chronicles – Jaye L. Knight)
  • Tanwen (The Story Peddler – Lindsay A. Franklin)
  • Hal (Paper Crowns Mirriam – Neal)
  • Kiernan Kane (The Minstrel’s Song series – Jennelle Leanne Schmidt)
  • Nagan (The Last Motley – DJ Edwardson)
  • Moist von Lipwig (Discworld series – Terry Pratchett)
  • Jackaby (Jackaby – William Ritter)
  • Rin (The Books of Bayern – Shannon Hale)
  • Ailith (Sounds of Deceit – Hannah Heath)
  • Lini Eltring (The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan)
  • Lockwood (Lockwood and Co. – Jonathan Stroud)
  • Migdon (Songkeeper Chronicles – Gillian Bronte Adams)
  • Kaz (Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo)
  • Eugenides (The Queen’s Thief series – Megan Whalen Turner)
  • Reynie Muldoon (The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart)
  • Idris (The Fairest Son – Hannah Williams)
  • The Lion Prince (A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold – Anne Elisabeth Stengl)
  • Amber (Lady Dragon, Tela Du – Kendra E. Ardnek)
  • Cazien de Pollis (The Sunken Realm – Serena Chase)
  • Keefe Sencen (Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger)
  • Kvothe (Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss)
  • Vikram (A Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi)
  • Lazlo Strange (Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor)
  • Lord Silver (Invisible Library series – Genevieve Cogman)
  • Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic – Victoria Schwab)
  • Athelas (The City Between series – W.R. Gingell)
  • Cedric (Winter Cursed – Nicki Chapelway)
  • Nikolai Lantsov (The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo)
  • Kelsier (Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson)
  • Kadin (The Stolen Kingdom)
  • Fin (The Map to Everywhere)

Make sure you go and vote! Who are you rooting for — or who do you think will win? Predictions? Excitements? Let me know your thoughts below! Thanks, everyone!

18 Books I Want Made Into Movies/TV Shows (Bookwyrm Confessions)

Following up on my Bookwyrm Confessions post from a couple weeks back, Movies I Liked Better Than the Book (and Other Confessions), I’m here with a list of some books I’d love to see made into movies. *gasp* The shock! … Continue reading

Lloyd Alexander: A Tribute Post

I was going to post this on January 30th, but as I have other plans for the blog on that date (stay tuned!) I am posting it early…

On January 30th each year, I always celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite authors…

Lloyd Alexander

…And what better way to celebrate than with pictures! I had an epic photo-shoot of all the Lloyd Alexander books that I have, which was a TON of fun…

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Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of over 25 novels and several other works… (I am on a quest to read all of them, eventually. ;))

He is one of my top favorite authors, right up alongside Tolkien and Lewis. I probably owe my love of fantasy to Lloyd Alexander. I discovered his Prydain books at an early age, and they brought me into the rich world of fantasy… and made me decide I never wanted to leave it again.

So in a sense, you could say that I am who I am (a lover of fantasy, both in reading and especially writing — I consider myself a fantasy writer primarily) because of Lloyd Alexander.

I do remember reading the Narnia books and The Princess and the Goblin somewhere in that time-frame (and came to The Lord of the Rings at the almost-grown-up age of 10), which also contributed to my love of fantasy at an early age.

But Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles was my first epic-fantasy series, and will always hold a special place in my heart both as a marvelous series and as the doorway that led me to fantasy as a child… and thereby led to who I am today.

I am immensely grateful to Lloyd Alexander for writing those books — and all of the other delightful books he penned over his lifetime. Thank you, Lloyd!

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Signed copy of The High King that I found at library sale. Signed!! ❤

So in celebration of what would, if he were still living, have been his 91st birthday (a bit early), I’m going to share some of the pictures with y’all! And lists of his books I’ve read and want to…

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My Lloyd Alexander book collection!! Aren’t they just scrumptious looking? 🙂

Prydain

The Prydain Chronicles:

  1. The Book of Three
  2. The Black Cauldron
  3. The Castle of Llyr
  4. Taran Wanderer
  5. The High King
  6. The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain (short stories)

(And also a reference guide book, The Prydain Companion by Michael O. Tunnell which is a lot of fun — and has a foreword by Lloyd Alexander.)

I am long overdue for a Prydain reread… I’ve read all of them several times but it’s been a few years since my latest reread and I’m itching to delve back into that beloved world with those awesome characters and epic events! Hopefully soon!

WestmarkTrilogyThe Westmark Trilogy:

  1. Westmark
  2. The Kestrel
  3. The Beggar Queen

I LOVE this trilogy!! It’s set in an 18th-century-type setting, which is my second favorite time-period (after medieval)… I remember being positively jittery when I finished reading them for the first time, because I loved them so much! Also, Florian is the best ever. ❤ Just sayin’.

VesperHollyThe Vesper Holly books:

  1. The Illyrian Adventure
  2. The El Dorado Adventure
  3. The Drackenberg Adventure
  4. The Jedera Adventure
  5. The Philadelphia Adventure
  6. The Xanadu Adventure

The Vesper Holly books are just a delight! Vesper herself has such charm and wit and cleverness, and her sidekick Brinnie is like a Watson to her Holmes as they go different vaguely fictional places around the world that capture the feel of real civilizations. And so much fun and adventure and humor!

Standalones

The standalone novels I own… Time would fail me to tell all about the delights of each one, but they each have their own special tales!

  • The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
  • The Iron Ring
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
  • Time Cat
  • The Rope Trick
  • The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
  • The Wizard in the Tree (the only one of his books that I own and haven’t read yet… I’m hoping to read it this week!)
  • The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man
  • The Arkadians
  • The Gawgon and the Boy
  • Gypsy Riska
  • The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha

ExtraCopies

Aaand I can never resist getting extra copies of Lloyd Alexander books I already have… Yes, it’s a bad habit. XD But here’s a stack of them…

FaveLloydAlexanderBooks

Probably my three favorite books by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three (book 1 of the Prydain Chronicles); The Kestrel (book 2 of The Westmark Trilogy); and The Iron Ring, which is my very favorite standalone novel by him — loosely based on mythology from India, it’s just epic and awesome and all around amazing. ❤

There’s also The Town Cats and other Tales, a collection of short stories about cats which is very fun… He had a thing for cats. 😉

Of books that I’ve read but don’t own, there are The King’s Fountain and The Fortune-Tellers… (Hurray for libraries!)

And I would like to sometime read (mostly picture books):

  • The Wizard in the Tree
  • The Four Donkeys
  • The House Gobbaleen
  • How the Cat Swallowed Thunder
  • Dream-of-Jade: The Emperor’s Cat

And, perhaps someday, some of his adult novels/biographies etc. that he wrote. 🙂

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My shelf of books by Lloyd Alexander

And before I go, here’s a perfectly charming interview with the man himself! It’s so enjoyable to watch and has a lot of humor and wisdom and good thoughts about writing and books and fantasy and his own stories. ^_^

Be sure to check out part 2 and part 3 of the interview as well!

It is in this interview that you can hear him say himself the marvelous words I feature on the side of my blog:

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

–Lloyd Alexander

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Have you read anything by Lloyd Alexander? Do you have a favorite?

And if you haven’t, do consider checking one out! They are one and all beautiful, timeless, adventurous, and fantastical books! 🙂