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Things That Go Bump In the Night

Challenge Details

Werewolves, vampires, balrogs, wargs, orcs, trolls, dragons, dead men in meres and behind forbidden doors, behemoth spiders—Tolkien bequeathed a monstrous brood to Middle-earth. In the spirit of Halloween, we want you to write about them, and to take advantage of the vast potential for the horrific and the uncanny that is present in Middle-earth.

Long or short, it matters not, but write the monsters of M-e. You may cover events that are canonically attested, or find other gaps to exploit and expand upon. The goal is to make your reader unwilling to turn out the light.

Thanks to Vulgarweed for pointing out this underwritten aspect of Tolkien's works.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Ainaechoiriel - Lure of the Darkness, The
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 20 Jul 04
In the time of the Necromancer, an Elf child goes missing. Legolas and a patrol go looking for her.
Azalais - Night and Fog
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 May 11
"They reached the west-shores of Anduin a little north of Sarn Gebir, as they had trysted; and there received horses and raiment that were secretly ferried over the River." What a lad from the Eastemnet saw one night in July 3018 on the banks of the Anduin.
Chris - Groth Môr
General Audience
Last Updated: 22 Jul 04
They have found us, and now they are coming.
Elvenesse - In the Dark Wood
General Audience
Last Updated: 29 Oct 04
Aredhel takes a walk in Nan Elmoth, and there are some unexpected occurrences. A vingette written for the Things That Go Bump In the Night Challenge.
Forodwaith - In the Wild
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 Mar 04
A tale of Aragorn as a young Ranger on a perilous journey. Inspired by the "Things That Go Bump In the Night " challenge.
Marta - Cold Be Heart - A Hobbit Ghost Story
General Audience
Last Updated: 06 Jul 04
A hobbit ghost story loosely based on Frodo's encounter with the barrow-wight.
Nerwen Calaelen - Azklash and the Nazgul
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Nov 03
A future Emperor of Khand encounters a Nazgul for the first time.
Zimraphel - Coavalta
General Audience
Last Updated: 13 Jul 04
The houseless spirit of an Elf trapped in the Mere of Dead Faces returns the gaze of a curious mortal. Runner-up for the 2004 Mithril Awards: Best Vignette/Short Story.

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Challenge Info

Open Date: August 21, 2003

Closed: November 21, 2003

Challenge Topic: Holiday/Date/Season

Entries: 10

Originator: Dwimordene

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