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Adjustments after the end of ROTK.

  • How does Aragorn adjust to being King of Gondor?
  • What would the differences be to being Chieftain of the Dunedain?
  • What about Faramir adjusting to the job of Steward, one that he presumably never even thought about inheiriting?
  • Merry becomes the Master of Buckland - what's that like, after travelling Middle Earth and riding with the Rohirrim?
  • Pippin is the heir to the Thanedom of the Shire - how does he readjust to the far smaller horizons that he's occupying?
  • What about Legolas and Gimli, who have formed a friendship that their peoples both deplore?
  • Éomer is King of the Mark, something he probably didn't expect.
  • Éowyn is formally a court lady of Gondor.
  • Arwen Undomiel becomes human, a queen, mother and wife.

How do all of these people adjust to the changes which happen in their lives? What kinds of scars, both physical and mental, does the War of the Ring leave for them to cope with?

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Alawa - Keepers of the Hearth
General Audience
Last Updated: 31 Jul 04
Edoras, 3021, the last year of the Third Age. Tomorrow the Golden Hall will witness the wedding of Eomer King of the Mark and Lothiriel of Dol Amroth. For more than thirty years another has kept it safe, but now she must make ready for the coming of the Queen. Mithril Awards 2004: Winner - Best characterisation – original character. Finalist - Best story focusing on Men
Cruisedirector - Reflections on Absent Men
General Audience
Last Updated: 24 May 03
Faramir, Arwen and Eowyn share a man and a ghost. Warning: PG rated but contains homoerotic themes.
earthspot - Who Knackered Aragorn's Catamite?
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
Set in Minas Tirith, Minas Ithil and Mordor, nearly 50 years after the Ringwars, Goswedriol, the bastard son of Gandalf, teams up with Goldberry to investigate the frightful murder of Morfindel, the King's Favourite and arch wheeler-dealer, treading on toes all the way. JRR Tolkien Meets James Bond and Agatha Christie. Crime thriller, whodunnit, bestseller, superficially satire, but with some angst & mystery, extends canon but avoids bending it. Canonical characters are faithfully portrayed (sic!) or fleshed-out.

Mithril Awards 2003 - Runner-up - Best characterisation – original character
Mithril Awards 2003 - Finalist - Best Fourth Age or beyond
Mithril Awards 2003 - Finalist - Best novel/serial
Eledhwen - Alterations
General Audience
Last Updated: 29 Jul 03
Set in Minas Tirith, following the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen. A series of snapshots from one day, featuring the Fellowship and co-starring Faramir, the Twins, Elrond and Galadriel.
fileg - River of Fallen Stars
General Audience
Last Updated: 11 May 03
Faramir and Pippin see stars in the Anduin as they share some old ghosts and a bottle of wine.
Firerose - Missing
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 20 Aug 09
The new Steward delves into the past, whilst coming to terms with the present, and the future. Set during RotK. Inspired by the Mary-Sue & Adjustments challenges. MEFA 2004 award.
lindelea - Jewels
General Audience
Last Updated: 16 Feb 04
Merry and Pippin come to terms with the Dark after returning to the Shire. [ Thanks, katakanadian and jen, for your meticulous beta reading! ]
A "Marigold Pick of the Week"
Llinos - Galadriel's Lay (In the worst possible taste)
General Audience
Last Updated: 31 Mar 03
Galadriel is really pissed off, best not to say anything really.
Nienna - Into Happier Days
General Audience
Last Updated: 19 Apr 03
'Adjustments' challenge entry -- I decided I didn't like the other one. Eomer bids farewell to his sister before he heads back to Rohan after the War of the Ring. Incredibly short. Finished, but I still want suggestions!
paranoidangel - Beauty in a Big City
General Audience
Last Updated: 29 Apr 03
Arwen tries to adjust to life in Minas Tirith.
Pearl Took - First Day, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Oct 03
Pippin's first day as the Took and Thain Peregrin I. A follow-up to "As Good As You". An entry in the Adjustments Challenge.
shunt - In the Bed You Made
General Audience
Last Updated: 20 Jul 03
The King of Gondor and his bride. Asleep. Sort of.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 22 Jun 03

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Challenge Info

Open Date: September 04, 2002

Closed: September 30, 2003

Challenge Topic: Character

Entries: 14

Originator: HASA Challenges

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