Welcome to the first ever Silmarillion Awards!
What are the Silmarillion Awards, you ask?
Here’s an overview written up by Jenelle Schmidt, one of the co-creators of this event of awesomeness.
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.
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.
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!
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:
- 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 Hosting the Most Epic Hero Silmaril
- Zachary Totah Hosting the Wisest Counsellor Silmaril
- Rawls E. Fantasy Hosting the Best Fantasy Weapon Silmaril
Pretty awesome, don’t you think? Be sure to check those other blogs out. There are plenty of awards up for grabs that need your votes.
I’ll be hosting the Wisest Counselor Silmaril. Below are the criteria for the sort of character who ought to be nominated for such an award.
Keep in mind that LOTR characters will be presenting these awards as the ultimate standard of Fantasy Fiction and are therefore exempt from the voting.
The winner of the Wisest Counselor Silmaril should go to a character who above all exhibits unmatched wisdom in all dealings, in word and deed. Yet it should not be a wisdom that leads to vanity or unwarranted belief in one’s own mental competence. This character should also fill the role of sage counselor, providing those around him or her with timely advice and a listening ear.
This award will be presented to the character YOU vote for. This presenter is a well-known individual who goes by many names. He’s gifted with great wisdom and foresight, an ability to see potential not based on power but based on the courage one possesses, and a memorable—if not biting—wit. And…he may or may not smoke a pipe.
Leave your nominations and votes in the comments. Let’s have fun!