3rd Annual Silmaril Awards Ceremony // Nomination Round! (CLOSED!)

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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS! WE WILL NOW BEGIN THE TALLYING PROCESS AND VOTING WILL START ON MONDAY!

Hello friends! So, I feel really bad for being such a bad blogger and not posting as frequently as I feel I should be. But hopefully this post makes up for it!

Because…

*drum-roll please*

IT’S SILMARIL TIME! That’s right, it’s finally here! And I can’t wait to see you all go wild in the comments!! 😀

This year, I will be hosting The Most Epic Heroine Silmaril! This award should go to the heroine who is brave in the face of danger. Who isn’t afraid to risk her life for her friends. Who is smart. Resourceful. Wise. Kind. And an all-around amazing person.

Before you scurry over to the comment section, there are a few things you need to know:

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• Authors may not nominate their own characters. Sorry guys. 😦 But you are more than welcome to encourage your fans to nominate them!

• Anyone can second any character, even if it’s their own! The more seconds a character gets, the more chances they have of making it into the big-five voting round!

• Nominations are allowed for FANTASY BOOK characters only! Movie characters aren’t allowed unless the book came FIRST (e.g. The Princess Bride). We DO give a bit of leeway in the fantasy/sci-fi spectrum. If a good argument can be made as to WHY the book is technically fantasy, we will allow it (e.g. The Lunar Chronicles. Since they are actually fairy-tale retellings, and they have an element of magic, they are allowed).

• Characters who have already won a Silmaril in previous years are not permitted to win the award again. They are instead part of the “Lifetime” Hall of Fame for that specific award. (Lucy Pevensie won last year’s awards, so she will not be eligible.)

• Characters from any of Tolkien’s books (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, etc.) are NOT allowed to be nominated, as most of them will be presenting at the awards ceremony. How awkward would it be for them to have to present themselves with the award?

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We also have a snazzy new website this year, courtesy of DJ Edwardson. Go check it out, it’s seriously amazing! We have past winners, a list of the bloggers who put this together, and much more stuff to come!

And lastly, here are the links to all the other presenters’ nomination posts! Be sure to go nominate in all of their categories too!

Least Competent Henchman

Silver Tongue

Most Nefarious Villain

Wisest Counselor

Most Mischievous Imp

Most Epic Hero

Most Magnificent Dragon

Most Loyal Friend

Strangest Character

Remember; nominations are open until September 7th, so get your favorites in quick! And don’t forget to have a blast! I can’t wait to see all the epic heroines! ^_^

New Until Next Time!

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Silmarillion Awards // Voting Round!

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Hello guys! And may I just say…WOW! Thank you all SO, SO MUCH for all of your nominations and seconds! It was a blast seeing all of you interact in the comments! 🙂

Also, shout-out to ALEX C. who won the giveaway included in my last post! Be sure to check your email, and congratulations!

Now, on to the voting! The top 5 nominees are…

Eanrin from The Tales of Goldstone Wood – Knight of Farthestshore and bard of King Ibudan, is a faerie of Rudiobus, able to shift between his two true forms, man and cat. He is famous across all realms for his poetic accounts of historical events and his tales of love – jilted and otherwise.

Lionheart from The Tales of Goldstone Wood – Also known as Leonard the Lightning Tongue, has always had a love for riddles and tomfoolery. His greatest wish was to become a court jester, and he did become one, but rather by accident. Him and Eanrin often butt heads with each other.

Puddleglum from The Chronicles of Narnia – Pessimistic might be the kindest descriptor. But in spite of his beliefs that it will start raining, that food that tastes good is bound to turn the stomach later, and his concerns that his companions may start knifing each other…you’ll not find a truer companion or guide. His words of wisdom may be a bit depressing, but that doesn’t make them any less accurate!

Silver Tongue a.k.a. Mo from the Inkheart trilogy – He’s a bookbinder that has the ability to bring fictional characters out of books and into the real world by reading aloud, therefore known to many as Silver Tongue.

The Florid Sword from The Wingfeather Saga – That mysterious swashbuckler, has some pompously magnificent monologue!

Now go vote for your favorites using ~> THIS LINK! Just remember: no voting more than once!

And, surprise, surprise! We’re doing something new this year! It is a scavenger hunt across the blogosphere! Your mission is to piece together the phrase running rampant across the other bloggers posts. Piece together the entire phrase and enter it in the voting form to be entered into a giveaway for this AWESOME grand prize!!

1 Grand Prize To Rule Them All

 

My snippet of phrase I give to you: Their radiance shone like the distant stars

Follow THIS LINK to find the next piece of the phrase…

Thank you guys for all of your nominations!! I’m so excited for voting round, and may your favorite character win… 😉

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The 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards // Nomination Round! {CLOSED}

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{THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS AND SECONDS! ANY COMMENTS POSTED AFTER THIS WILL NOT COUNT TOWARD THE TOTAL. 🙂 }

Hello friends! Have I got a big surprise for you all! (Well, it’s not really a surprise since you probably read the title of this post…)

We are hosting our 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards Ceremony!!! 😀

*cue applause, confetti, and general merriment*

I am so excited for this years ceremony! Many of the previous bloggers have returned to share in the festivities, but we also have two new bloggers joining us this year! Welcome Savannah and Kyle!

In case you’re new to this ceremony, here’s a little explanation:

The Silmarillion Awards have been created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about some of our other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

When we started thinking about creating a sort of “Fantasy Oscars,” we found it difficult to fathom any award that wouldn’t be won by a character or item from The Lord of the Rings… so, to make things a bit more interesting, we decided to call them “The Silmarillion Awards” and have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

And here’s a gorgeous graphic done by the marvelous Deborah:

 

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Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. We will be picking the 5 characters with the most “seconds” for the final voting period, so you may also “third,” “fourth,” “fifth,” etc any nominations you particularly like.

Here are the other bloggers links:

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Wisest Councillor – Tracey

Least Competent Henchman – Kyle

Silver Tongue – Me!

Most Epic Hero – Abbey

Strangest Character – Savannah

Most Epic Heroine – Deborah

Most Mischievous Imp – Elise

Most Magnificent Dragon – D.J.

Most Loyal Friend – Zachary

Most Nefarious Villain – Jenelle

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This year, I will be hosting the Silver Tongue silmaril here on my blog. Here is the criteria I’m looking for in this character:

The winner of the Silver Tongue silmaril should go to a character who held you rapt with their words. Their voice is full of riddles, wit, and a magic all their own. They hold you spellbound with their clever speech, leaving you wanting more. They are blessed with the gift of a silver tongue, and they wield it well.

The award will be presented by an individual who may be small, but his quick wit and clever riddles have helped him out of more than a few sticky situations.

Something new we’re doing this year is a GIVEAWAY! Here’s the link for you to enter your name in the drawing:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6c7e337d10/?

These are the lovely books you could win! However, the giveaway is only until July 9th, so enter soon!

Elle BurtonSongweaver's Vow

 

Just a few rules before I leave you to your nominating:

  • The Silmarils are LIFETIME awards, so previous winners cannot win them again. They may win them in a different category than before, but not the same. Since this is a new addition to the original lineup, there are no restrictions here.
  • No nominating LOTR or Hobbit characters. It would be quite awkward for them to have to present for themselves.
  • No nominating characters from your OWN books (if you’ve written any 😉 )!
  • In your nomination comment, if you could say what book the character is from, that would be very helpful to us.
  • And lastly, these are Fantasy awards, so nominations are only open to Fantasy characters. However, there is a bit of gray line running throughout all spec-fiction, so if you have a valid argument as to why your character is, actually, from Fantasy, I’ll allow it!

I think that about sums everything up! I can’t wait to see you go wild in the comments below! XD Just remember to have fun! GO FANTASY! ❤

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And the Winner is…

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Welcome to the Most Epic Hero Silmaril presentation! Today, we will be having our very own…

ARAGORN II

Son of Arathorn II, crowned King Tar Elessar Telcontar, 39th Heir of Isildur, 65th in the Numenorian line since Elros, and brother of Elrond.

Lord of the rings, lol he looks so much like my dad.=]:

So without further ado, here he is!

Thank you Madeline, for such a warm introduction. And thank you all for coming to attend the first annual Silmarillion Awards Ceremony!

*cue the round of applause*

I am surprised that you would choose me to present this award. I feel I am not worthy of such an honor, but I will try my best to accept it.  I surely hope presenting this award will be easier than battling in the fields of Pelennor…

*cue laughter*

You’re too kind an audience. *smiles* I would like to expound on the nature of the award being presented. The Most Epic Hero Silmaril will go to the hero who is brave in times of trouble, who goes out of his way to help people, who always tries to do the right thing, even when it may not always seem like it at the time.

The winner of this award certainly deserves this honor. He has proven steadfast and true in his fight to free the people from an oppressive king. He may be a wanted man, but he more then makes up for his supposed crimes by giving his aid to the people of…*pauses* Oh, I probably shouldn’t say from where just yet. *smiles* 

So without further delay, I am most proud to present that the winner for the Most Epic Hero Silmaril is…

ROBIN HOOD!

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Sir Robin Hood, please step forward to accept your award!

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Oh, thank you all ever so much everyone! *grins* I can’t believe I’ve actually been considered a hero. I’m just trying to make the world a better place, you know? Thank you, thank you! *bows*

We are all very happy for you, Robin Hood. You’ve truly proven to everyone that you are a most epic hero. Enjoy your award and thank you all for attending!

*cheers!*

Here’s a list of the other bloggers’ posts. I’ll keep updating it as more posts go live:

Oh, and in case you were curious of the results of the other nominees…

Robin Hood (The Adventures of Robin Hood) 31 / 26%

Westley (Princess Bride) 29 / 24%

Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia) 26 / 21%

Peter Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia) 18 / 15%

Prince of Farthestshore (Tales of Goldstone Wood) 17 / 14%

Thank you guys for all of your nominations and votes! We couldn’t have done this without your participation, and we hope to see you next year! Until next time! ❤

Voting Round is Open!

Hello everyone, and Happy 4th if you’re living in the USA! *fireworks* *sparklers* *freedom* Yay!

And may I just say…Wow…We had an absolutely fabulous turn-out for the Silmarillion Awards! Thank you so, so, much for all your nominations!

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You can use this link to go to the voting form and vote for you favorite characters! And may I just say, these are going to be tough choices…Oh, and please don’t vote more than once! 😉

Here are the top 5 for Epic Hero:

  • The Prince of Farthestshore from The Tales of Goldstone Wood
  • Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Westley from The Princess Bride
  • Robin Hood from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Peter Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia

Agh, too many good choices!! *indecision*

Thank you again for your participation and may your favorite character win! 😉

 

 

Fantasy Oscars! {CLOSED}

{NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!}

Surprise post! 😀

Welcome to the first ever Silmarillion Awards!

The Silmarillion Awards have been created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about some of our other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

When we started thinking about creating a sort of “Fantasy Oscars,” we found it difficult to fathom any award that wouldn’t be won by a character or item from The Lord of the Rings… so, to make things a bit more interesting, we decided to call them “The Silmarillion Awards” and have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

Joining our team are eight other bloggers and authors who will each be hosting one of these awards, called Silmarils, on their blogs towards the end of July.

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But before we get there, we need YOUR help! Starting today, June 20th and proceeding through July 1st, the nomination period for each award will be open. Please visit the participating bloggers (found in the list below), read the descriptions of the awards and make your nominations!

Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. We will be picking the 5 characters with the most “seconds” for the final voting period that will take place between July 4th – 13th, so you may also “third,” “fourth,” “fifth,” etc any nominations you particularly like.

Fine print:

  1. Please do not nominate anything from one of your OWN books!
  2. You may nominate a character AND second, third, fourth a character… but please only vote once. (i.e. You cannot nominate a character and then also second that same character)
  3. Please share about the Silmarillion Awards on social media to spread the excitement far and wide across Middle Earth. Use the hashtag: #silmawards2016 wherever possible!
  4. Don’t nominate a Tolkien character for the awards, as the characters presenting the awards are already the standard for each award
  5. Don’t stress if a character you nominate doesn’t win this year. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition, and these awards are LIFETIME AWARDS, meaning that they cannot be won by the same character more than once!

Official Schedule:

Phase 1 – June 20-July 1: Award nominations open

Phase 2 – July 4: the final nominees will be announced and voting will open and last through July 14th

Phase 3 – July 16-28: Presentation of the awards, 1 per day, each award will be hosted on a different blog each day

Phase 4 – Celebration! July 29th was the official publication date of the Lord of the Rings back in 1954. We invite you all to celebrate with us the 62nd birthday of this masterpiece of Fantasy Fiction. Congratulate the winners, take and post a photo of yourselves with LOTR paraphernalia, write a blog post about your favorite LOTR moment, scene, character, quote, or memory… get creative and have fun!

List of Participating Blogs (Be sure to check them all out!):

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

Abbey Hosting the Most Nefarious Villain 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 (That’s me!) Hosting the Most Epic Hero Silmaril

Zachary Totah Hosting the Wisest Counsellor Silmaril

Rawls E. Fantasy Hosting the Best Fantasy Weapon Silmaril

As you can see, I will be hosting the Most Epic Hero Silmaril here on my own blog. Below are the criteria for the sort of character who ought to be nominated for such an award. Keeping in mind that LOTR characters will be presenting these awards as the ultimate standard of Fantasy Fiction

The winner of the Most Epic Hero Silmaril award should go to a character who absolutely blew you away in their awesome-ness. Who held you captivated from page one, kept you turning pages late into the night, had you thinking about them long after the book has ended.

This award will be presented to the character YOU vote for by one of the most impressive trackers known in Middle-Earth, an individual known by many names, and the rightful ruler of Gondor.

I hope you all participate and let everyone you know in on this fantastic ceremony that I was given the honor of participating in! 😀

{NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!}