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!)

Vote

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The other posts

Other Helpful Links

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!

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

Welcome!

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 SilmarilAwards.com and check out the list of previous winners.

ALSO! New this year: A Facebook group! Go check it out. 😀

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. 😉

*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!

Timeline

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.

Rules

  1. Again, Tolkien’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 haven’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 book 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! 😀 (And the other categories, of course!)

Let the Silmaril Awards BEGIN!

(EDIT: NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED! THANKS, EVERYONE!)