------ for Silmarillion-based fics and adjacent writings that stand out in any way conceivable by the participants------
The Committee offers all writers of Silmarillion-related texts of whatever kind the opportunity to participate in the fight for these prestigious awards. The buttons to go with these awards are shown below to the right. Nominate your fics and those of your friends, and see that you and they take home at least one of them!!
Buttons supplied by Adrienne, Chat Noir , Círdan and LadyElleth - thank you all!
The El(e)ven Rules:
1. All stories set in the period between the Creation of Eä and the End of the Second Age of Arda, or concentrating on persons/events from this period, are eligible. (NB: Regular LotR stories excepted: the mere presence of characters like Sauron or Galadriel doesn't turn a story into a Silmfic.) The same goes for reviews of said stories - be they praise, nitpicks or flames - and for rants.
2. The person who nominates a text needs to provide: A) a working URL; B) a short (one line) but relevant summary; C) if they are not the author: a statement that they have requested and received the author's permission; Failure to comply with Rule C will result in the disqualification of the perpetrator.
3. Multiple nominations of stories are not allowed. Any given story can only be nominated for a single category. The number of nominations per category is limited to a total of seven. If a category contains the maximum number of nominations, find or make up another one (see under 7).
4. The number of entries by one and the same author is also limited to a total of seven. The use of alternative author's names is allowed as long as the author isn't found out.
5. Nominations need to fit the category for which they are submitted. The judges will decide whether this is the case. Authors of rejected stories will be offered one chance to pick a different category. All nominated stories will be linked to this page, and taken down on the author's personal request.
6. The categories are listed below. However, it is possible to suggest a new category for a story that doesn't fit anywhere else. The category description may not contain more than seven words.
7. Submissions can be sent to Finrod, c/o email@example.com between 7/22 and 9/1 2003.
8. All texts written prior to 9/1 will be eligible.
9. Authors of commended fics pick their own button. Everyone will be commended.
10. There will be a "voters choice" round (to be announced later). Voters will chose their favourite category, based on the fics they encounter there. They have to provide a reason for their choice. The most nonsensical reason will receive the award for Weirdest Comment (a button).
11. Finrod will randomly pick three favourite fics. The authors can also pick their own button. (NB: this is rule 11)
The Galvorn Judges:
- Tyellas (''I needed therapy anyway")
- Zimraphel ("Count me in on this shindig")
- Finrod ("Nekkidness is its own award")
- Klose ("I'm just here to molest Finrod")
- Claudio ("Corrupting the innocent since the Second Age")
- Maid of Ainur ("All play and no work makes MoA a very dull girl")
10/2 AND NOW FOR THE LONG AND EAGERLY AWAITED RESULTS!
1) Congratulations to the authors who have one or more stories linked below. You are all commended. Pick your favourite button and put it wherever you think it will feel and/or look good.
2) Our thanks go to all the diligent Silmfriends who acted as judges, made buttons, sent nominations, participated in the voter's choice and/or had a good laugh.
3) Only categories with three or more stories were judged: Finrod refused to let anyone choose in categories with only two entries (he would also prefer the singing contest between him and Sauron to have resulted in a tie). As for categories with only one story: they all receive the One-of-a-Kind Award. Some categories were judged by more than one person, so not surprisingly, there's more than one winner there.
4) I hope you've al enjoyed yourself as much as Finrod has!
5) and last: See you next year?
- Best Rehabilitating Maeglin
Dark Forge, by Ithilwen
Confessions of a Maeglin Fangirl, by Lipstick
- Best Nekkid Finrod
Rebirth, by Alena
Finrod getting action with Amarie and walking stark naked into Tirion... GAHHHH!!! Why is it so hot in here?!
Deep Waters, by Finch
A well-written and charming story in which the nekkidness comes about in such a perfectly natural way that it leads the reader to believe that Finrod should be nekkid all the time. As indeed he should.
- Worst Poetry
Love Letters, by Maid of Ainur
Maeglin's Song, by Sothis Simbelmyne
- Best Lame Humour
Twenty short stories about Morgoth, by Claudio
- Best Revisionist Fëanorian
Following the Hastyriser, by Círdan
A wonderfully woven tale with a credibly sympathetic portrayal of a usually stigmatized son of Feanor.
- Best Genderbending
Mother and Daughter, by Deborah
Queen, by Joan Milligan
- Best Weird Valinorean/Ancient Qenya/Adunaic Names
Breaking the Light, by Soledad
- Cutest Little Elfling not Necessarily Called Ereinion
The Gift, by Ithilwen
Because the characters were dead on and it made me misty eyed.
Brothers, by Tinni
Don't Eat the Poisonberries, by Elithien
- Best Slash With Vala and/or Maia (any pairing)
Which Is Given For You, by Shauna
A beautifully written story, also has a unique pairing that, motivated by love and mercy, somehow seems gently concordant with Tolkien canon.
- Best Never-To-Be-Finished WIP
A Very Fire, by Deborah
Because it's profound, moving, breathtaking - and so Very Sad if it will Never Be Finished.
Also commended: Atonement, by Ellipsis
- Best Character Sulking In Mandos
Under the Curse, Ch. 10, by Finch
Beautifully drawn out- a simply exquisite piece that cleverly masks the protagonist's general sulking.
- Most Uncanonical AU
The Lure of the Song, by Maeve Riannon
While flouting L&C and introducing one very AU OFC, this brings out Thingol's ambiguity at least as well as the original does.
- Best Smut/Fluff With Shibboleth Character
Makalaurë über Alles, by Lipstick
Shameful Customs, by Deborah
- Most Incomprehensible Crossover
Clouds Over Snow and Stars In The River, by Murasaki99
A good example of how an incomprehensible crossover can be made to work.
Also commended: The Price of Peace, by Klose
- Best Sexually Intimidating Villain
Down Like Rain, by Anais Lacquestar
Morgoth's entire purpose in this story is to be intimidating in a blatantly sexual way, and that idea comes across very well. Lúthien's fears and thoughts are perfectly executed.
Also commended: Chains of Steel and Shadow, by Rainchilde (Warning: NC-17 & non con)
- Best Rejected For HASA
Narn Gil Galad, by Earonn
To Face the Sea, by Sothis Symbelmyne
- Best Footnoted
Nightfall, by Ithilwen
The Boy King, by Erunyauve
- Best Fic By Non-Anglophone Over 99
Lantë, by Maglor
Leithian, by Daeron of Doriath
- Most Hairsplitting Nitpick
Review of Chance's Strange Arithmetic, by Lipstick
- Most Blatantly Laid-out Pseudo-canon-dogma
The Statute of the Music of Love, by Círdan
- Best Sillyfic
Real Men Wear Jewellery, by Mouse
A delightfully silly combination of naughtiness, humour and ridiculousness- yet strangely in character.
Prince Albert In A Can, by Adrienne
Silly but knowledgeable- the best combination. Sauron's characterisation is brilliant and probably worthy of an award of its own.
- Best Slashy Gondolindrim Story
The Story of Love Between Glorfindel and Ecthelion, by Círdan
Why? Because they're just damn hot! that's why.
- Worst Pointless Angstfic
Envinyanta, by Zimraphel
- Most Obscure Character
The Dark, by Cudae
Offers us a glimpse at what possibly happened between Caranthir and his wife. The different memories were woven together most convincingly indeed. Well done.
Also commended: The Darkness Will Never Pass Away, by Nerdanel
- Weirdest Portrayal of a Well-Known Character
The Ghostly Ones, by Le Chat Noir
This story portrays Dior and the Fall of Doriath in an entirely new light. Hauntingly beautiful and original.
Also commended: The Only Immortal, by Lady Elleth
- Best Anthropomorphic Silmarils
Paradise Lost, Ch. 5, by Círdan
- Best Elves in Modern Times
Captain Tinkerbell, by Lipstick
Because of the memorable lines, because it's so utterly convincing, and because J.R.R.T is modern.
Unblinded, by Victoria
Wanderer, by jilian baade
- Best Gory Battle Scene
Miredhel, by Joan Milligan
This non-stop action story picks up on a fascinating thread from The Silmarillion, that Mablung was one of the few elves of Doriath to go fight in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and as such provides a fascinating view of both the carnage and of the Noldor during battle, as well as glimmers of Sindar/Noldor interaction.
- Best Smut Not Involving Maedhros
The Fabric of Space-Time, by Alena
- Best Obvious Self-insertion
I'm Back (with the disfunctional Quendi), by Lipstick
The self-insertion of the author adds to the atmosphere of the dialogue. Moving and powerfully written.
Also commended: The Utterly Fabulous and Completely True Adventures of Maryse Meyers Hadoriel, by Claudio
- Best Exaggerated Review
Review of "The Tree", fic by Le Chat Noir, review by Círdan
Review of Tapestries, fic by Le Chat Noir, review by Joan Milligan
- Best Homophobic Rant
The Cold Hill of Himring, by Ithilwen
- Best Excuse Generated to Allow for Elfslash
Of the Laws of Ansereg, by Tyellas
- Best Gratuitous Torture
Insanity Said Coldly, by Shirann
Fire and Blood, by teluekh
- Best Valar Bashing
The Blind Windows, by Le Chat Noir
- Best Silly Author's Note
Choices, by Vorondis
- Least Comprehensible Philosophical Text
Rain, by Maid of Ainur
- Squickiest Romance
The Tale of the Laughing Maiden, by Deborah
- Craziest Fëanor
Ceremonies of Innocence, by Ithilwen
Because of the way it explores the different aspects of Feanor's madness; blackest grief, consuming pride, overwhelming charisma that leads to the madness of crowds and a pivotal event in Middle-Earth history. And the ending made me shiver....
Also commended: A Father's Wish, by Watcherchild
- Best Jewelry Fetish
Melyanna, by Finch
Seven Stars and Seven Stones, by teluekh
- Artsiest Piece
Elsewhere, by Le Chat Noir
Any story that begins with a poem in French and continues in little vignettes spruced with yet more poetry qualifies as artsy in my book.
- Best Tragedy
Of Fire and Light, by Oboe-wan
Though most of the tragedy itself seems to take place ouside of the narrative, this still contains the great tragic elements: flaw, action, downfall reaction, and requisite resulting death. Add great writing on top of that, and a classic tragedy fan is very happy.
- Best Fingon Cutting off Maedhros' Hand
Of Iron and of Steel, by Le Chat Noir
- Best Dinnerparty
Bread of the Mirdain, by Tyellas
Horses and Hounds, by Laura L
- Best Snarkiness
The Ties that Bind, by Klose
The Difference Between a Seagull and a Phoenix, by Stephie65
- Most Outrageous Feanorian Invention
Thrice for Honour, by Tyellas (Warning: NC-17)
The Eight Companions: The Battle for an Elf's Sanity, by Ellipsis
- Best Forge smut
The Thrall of Gondolin, by Tyellas (Warning: NC-17)
- Most Rampant Mary-Sue
The Adventures of Sister Mary Susan, SJ, by Deborah
Mary Sues don't get more rampant than this!
Also commended: Tale and Truth, by Artanis
- Best Fëanor Impersonation by a Non-Fëanorian
He, by Furius
- Best Florid Descriptive Passage
The Ring and the Crown, by A. Vulgarweed (Adult)
- Angstiest Italics
Widows, by Maeve Riannon
- Most Wagnerian
The Wedge, by Finch (Warning: Possibly squicky)
- Weirdest Slash
Renewing the Song, by Artanis
The Maedhros RPG, by LipstickCírdan
- Best Other Ginger Quendi
Vesse I Tano, by Joan Milligan
Because the character of Nerdanel and the setting of Tirion are both beautifully developed, and we get a real sense of the allure of Nerdanel, though she was "not the fairest.
- Best Shafted Finwian
The Talebearer, by Erunyauve
- Best Akkallabêth
The Eleventh Hour, by Zimraphel
- Best Cuiviénen
Song of the Waters, by Zimraphel
- Voter's Choice, the winning category:
Best Sexually Intimidating Villain
- Weirdest Comment Award:
Best Non-Anglophone over 99
The wei, eh, winning comment:
I hope all is well with yourself and you are settling into your new Hroa comfortably. I must admit, I do remember fondly the times we spent together hunting in the wide lands of Eastern Beleriand. Even when you would insist on returning with some mis-shapen, hairy, grunting dinner guest and spend half the evening attempting to make it understand the concepts of "Yes" and "No".
Despite my skepticism, it does seem that your faith and patience paid off in the end, and I am pleased to say, I am currently living with an almost house-trained mortal without too many inconvieniences. Who would ever have thought it from those none-too-optimistic beginnings?
There are of course, some minor irritations in our relationship. Curiously, despite having a life-span the length of a weekend break by elven standards, my current host has the very unfortunate habit of procrastination. Not a day passes when "I'll do it tomorrow" or "It can wait until the weekend" fails to her lips. I believe this lack of insight into her condition is a minor defect in all mortal characters and normally I accept her failings with good grace and tolerence.
However, it has recently come to my attention that a matter concerning a close family member requires urgent action. In the face of the sluggishness of the Aftercomers, I have had to take matters into my own hand. I understand you are holding a contest for all the great and good writing that our noble selves have inspired, and that one of the categories contains an entry by my own dear brother. I trust, I need not tell you that this category must win.
With all respect to yourself and our friendship, I do know where you live and should you fail to meet my request, I shall have no choice but to reduce your chosen place of residence to smouldering ashes. I shall endeavour to keep faitalities to an absolute minimum, but I cannot guarantee no lives will be lost. I do hope you see this as the friendly piece of advice that it is, rather than a threat. I value your friendship deeply and wish for many more millenia of cordial relations.
Do be warned, however. The Galvorn Awards are now seen as a matter of family honour, and I need not remind you of how seriously us Feanorians take such matters.
You may also, in the fullness of time, recieve a badly mis-spelt and somewhat long winded e-mail from my current host casting her vote. If this arrives three weeks too late, I appologise on her behalf for her tardiness. She may also mistakenly vote for the wrong category, but this is nothing but the feeble wanderings of the mortal mind. In truth, she votes for "Best Non-Anglophone over 99". As do I.
May a star shine on the hour of our e-mailing,
P.S. Is there much good hunting in Holland? I must confess that land has always seemed a little flat for my liking, but if it suits you, so be it. Maybe we shall ride out together again sometime?
- Finrod's choice- not entirely random after all:
The Dying Stone, by Soledad
Across Dark Waters, by Zimraphel
Thrice for Honour, by Tyellas (Warning: NC-17)
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