1. "In the Depths of Winter" in Arwen
Aragorn, as the new king of Gondor and Arnor Reunited, ushered in a new age of peace - and, Gondor quite naturally hoped, the beginnings of a new dynasty. But just because something is expected does not mean it will come easily. (Arwen-centric.)
1. "Lake of Fire in Dwarves
"So the rumour of the wealth of Erebor spread abroad and reached the ears of the dragons, and at last Smaug the Golden, greatest of the dragons of his day, arose and without warning came against King Thrór and descended on the Mountain in flames."
2. "Spring's First Thaw" in Eowyn
In the Houses of Healing, Faramir gave Éowyn a fine mantle that had once belonged to his mother. Just what did Éowyn think of this gift?
3. "Walking Down Narrow Streets" in Crossover
What if Tolkien's writings really were translations rather than original creations? Late one night, a certain professor wanders around Oxford, searching for answers.
4. "When Winter First Begins to Bite" in Eowyn
Several years after the War of the Ring, Eowyn seeks out an old healer-woman to whom she owes a debt of gratitude.
1. "Bones of the Earth" in Dwarves
The last thoughts of Azaghal, dwarf-lord of Belegost.
2. "The Summons" in Halbarad
Halbarad receives Galadriel's summons to bring the Grey Company to Rohan.
3. "Turtles All the Way Down in Aragorn
Often the greatest deeds, those which history most remembers, are not the most difficult. Aragorn finds his limits tested in Harad.
1. "Fire and Smoke" in Numenoreans
"Thereafter the fire and smoke went up without ceasing; for the power of Sauron daily increased, and in that temple, with spilling of blood and torment and great wickedness, men made sacrifice to Melkor." (Akallabeth)
2. "Things That Yet May Be" in Elves
Galadriel warns against using the Mirror as a guide because "the Mirror shows many things, and not all have yet come to pass. Some never come to be, unless those that beheld the visions turn aside from their path to prevent them. The Mirror is dangerous as a guide of deeds." It sounds like Galadriel has had bad experiences with using the Mirror "as a guide of deeds." But when?
It's hard to pick favorites, with so many different types of story, but if you pressed me I'd pick "Lake of Fire" and "Fire and Smoke." The first is about Smaug's descent on the Lonely Mountain that drove Thorin & Co. into hiding (so maybe a good re-read if you're hungering for Hobbit-era fic?). "Fire and Smoke," on the other hand is less action, more high drama about the human sacrifices offered up on Numenor.
I'm not going to even try to even to mention all the winners among people reading this blog - go read the full results here. But I would like to recommend two of the winning stories in particular. Both are WIP's, but I think they're worth a read even as-is. First, Oshun's "The Princess and the Horselord" is a truly original Eomer/Lothiriel novel.
The second is "The Prisoner and the Hobbit," cowritten by Dreamflower and pandemoinum_213. Two of my favorite characters, written by two of my favorite authors who have written extensively about those characters, thrust the two of them together in a situation that somehow always feels natural and thought-provoking at the same time. that shouldn't be capital, given the characters are so different and never even find themselves in the same vicinity in canon. And yet, here we are...
It was a bit of a wretch knowing which to vote for when they winded up in the same category. I was relieved that one earned first place the other, second. I don't know that I've actually reviews them (I stink at writing reviews - bad Marta, no cookie), but once this headcold clears up and I can do them justice I intend to do just that. You should check them out, too, if either of these scenarios sounds like your cup of miruvuor.
And of course, my deepest thanks to Dreamflower, Cathleen, and whoever else I am forgetting (*points to above comment about cold, and the necessary Nyquil-induced loopiness*) who made these awards a reality. Danke!