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No Man's Woman

Challenge Details

Tolkien wrote of many brave women, but many of the stories are just sketches, and many others are seen primarily through the male gaze—as wives of..., as daughters of..., and as sisters of....

But what about the other side? What about women in themselves? The idea of this challenge is to focus on what they can give/do in their own right and for their own sakes, or at least, not fundamentally for the sake of their particular men.

Show us the women of Middle-earth—in war or peace, show their achievements, their accomplishments, what they did for Middle-earth, for their people in general, as women, and not as somebody's woman. There is no limit on what viewpoint you can adopt, so long as it is feminine.

This challenge ends on August 19, 2004.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

AmandaK - Enmities
General Audience
Last Updated: 16 Sep 04
While men will fight for honor, renown and riches, women have other reasons to fight. A retrospective look at the War of the Ring from an unusual viewpoint. Written for the No Man's Woman-challenge. Mostly set in movieverse.
Dwimordene - Making of Boys, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Dec 06
The men and women of the Houses of Healing prepare themselves and their young charges for war as best they can. Ioreth, Bergil, and the boys of Minas Tirith.

1st Place 2005 MEFAs—Gondor: Houses of Healing
Forodwaith - Valour without Renown
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Oct 07
The War of the Ring cost Hama's daughter everything she holds dear. Can she find the necessary strength to rebuild her life?
An attempt to write of the War from the perspective of a very ordinary inhabitant of Middle-Earth. No explicit violence, but scenes dealing with the aftermath of war.
Lady S - Mirabella
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 12

A young hobbit tells the story of her life in the shire, through famine, war and the coming of Gandalf.

Nessime - Ashes and Dust
General Audience
Last Updated: 07 Feb 06
One young woman's choices in a time of war.
Werecat - In Umbar, at the Docks
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
In Umbar, at the docks, looks can be deceiving. This is a tale of beggars, queens, and cats.

This story can be read as a sequel to Nine Lives but stands well on its own.

MEFAs 2005: First Place, Mystery

Mithrils 2005: Runner-up, Minor Character

Mithrils 2005: Winner, Best Short Story or Vignette


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 18 Aug 04
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Challenge Info

Open Date: March 19, 2004

Closed: August 19, 2004

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Entries: 17

Originator: Starlight

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