I’ve had a few stories nominated in the “Tree and Flower” awards:
in Fixed Length Ficlets [stories that are a certain word count, but not a 100-word drabble]
Defiance. Of all the Valar, Ulmo knew the Numenoreans best and it was his waves that were used in their destruction. What must he have thought about the Akallabeth?
Some Like It Hot. “Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.” (Ambrose Bierce)
in Favorite Characterization of Arwen
Dog Days. Faramir and Arwen enjoy a lazy summer afternoon in Ithilien.
in Favorite Characterization of Bilbo
The King Has Come Unto His Halls. After the Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo and Gloin consider legend’s due.
in Favorite Characterization of Denethor
Birthright. Denethor would have made a fine second-son; but that was not to be his fate.
Also, Dream a Little Dream. A man as austere as Denethor is not given to romance. How exactly did things begin with him and Finduilas?
in Favorite Characterization of Faramir
That Which They Defend. “Isildur gave this counsel to Meneldil, that the King should visit the hallow from time to time, and especially when he felt the need of wisdom in days of danger or distress; and thither also he should bring his heir, when he was full-grown to manhood, and tell him of the making of the hallow, and reveal to him the secrets of the realm and other matters that he should know.” Faramir tries to follow an ancient custom, with some difficulty.
in Favorite Characterization of Gimli
Shoulder the Sky, My Lad. In Rivendell, Gimli and Boromir spend some time below stairs.
in Favorite Characterization of Maedhros
Heresy. “The cruel servants of Celegorm seized his young sons and left them to starve in the forest. Of this Maedhros indeed repented, and sought for them long in the woods of Doriath.”
in Favorite characterization of a member of the House of Finwe
Lords of the West. Olwe and Fingolfin had more cause than most to resent the Valar’s tendency to leave dark lords unchallenged. A meditation on courgae, tragedy, and divine inaction.
in Favorite characterization of a resident of Doriath
Leaf and Twig. Because even the greatest of elf-lords were children, once upon a time… A wee moment of adventure, from the journey from Cuivienen.
in Favorite characterization of a member of the Ainur
Tutelage. Manwe Sulimo, on history’s accidents and lessons learned.
in Favorite Story featuring a Minor Canon Character
Those Who Cannot. A pregnant Finduilas, looking forward to the birth of her own child, finds herself wondering why her son deserves a brighter future than other mothers’ sons. A look at social justice in Gondor.
Also: The Days of Men. “Behold the king!” Faramir’s perspective on Aragorn’s coronation.
in Favorite Story featuring the Numenoreans
The Downfall. “Nine ships there were: four for Elendil, and for Isildur three, and for Anarion two; and they fled before the gale out of the twilight of doom into the darkness of the world. [...] And all the coasts and seaward regions of the western world suffered great change and ruin in that time; for the seas invaded the lands, and shores foundered.”
The ballots aren’t quite ready, but I’ll update this post when they are. Dreamflower will be posting them at the lotr_community page.
In the meantime, why not check out all the lovelies that were nominated? (Clickee.) You can start thinking about which story you’d like to vote for, and you can always leave comments on the stories as well – really, that’s always a welcome treat for any author.