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Change One Thing, See What Happens

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What would happen if one thing was changed during the Silmarillion or the Lord of the Rings?

What if Turin's father, Hurin, had given into Morgoth and had told him where Gondolin was? Would it have fallen? Would Elrond, or any of his kids, for that matter, have ever been born? What about his father? What if Arwen had left Middle-earth? How would that have affected Aragorn? What if Glorfindel would have lost to the Balrog, or the elves had never gone to Aman?

The possibilities are really endless. You would just write a story about the consequences of changing one thing, whether simple or castrophic.

Challenge closes: 7 September 2005

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aeneid - Adraefan
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 20 Oct 05
AU. One less arrow at Amon Hen and things go much differently for beloved good-bad son of Gondor. A veritable odyssey for Boromir ensues, complete with manipulative Valar, exiled elves, Radagast the Brown, and a helpful chorus. Action, adventure, angst, humor. Mixed writing styles (prose and poetry), with a Greco-Roman feel. Rated for violence and adult themes. A warning to the squeamish. 2005 MEFA Award Winner: 1st place, Alternative Universe category
Aeneid - Night-whispers
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 09 Jan 05
A single night, told from three different viewpoints and examining three different relationships. Fourth Age, romance. AU. This takes place ten years after the events of Adraefan. Rated for explicit het.
AmandaK - To Hope's End, To Heart's Breaking
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
There is a murder at the court. A king's final verdict is read. And the Lady of Rohan makes a desperate promise.

AU, based on movie verse, except for a few details. My attempt to defang a HASA Nuzgul: what would have happened had Grima succeeded in his plans before the arrival of Aragorn et al in Rohan?
Dwimordene - Lie Down in the Darkness, Rise up from the Ash
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 01 Sep 10

This is a VERY dark AU for LOTR. The premise: without Gollum, how does the Quest turn out? Angsty drama ensues as the storyline of the Lord of the Rings unfolds differently as we attempt to take "the road less traveled by." NEW CHAPTERS: 46,47 and 48: "The Fires of Orodruin," "Discant," and "Oilima Markirya." Features Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Arwen, Eomer, Eowyn, Theoden, Faramir, Denethor, and others.

DONE! Revisions made to chapters 46 and 47; additional chapter 48 added. Okay, now, really, seriously - done!

EdorasLass - Love Me and Despair
General Audience
Last Updated: 03 Feb 05
A/U - What if Galadriel had taken the Ring? Dark, more horror/angst than drama.
fliewatuet - Doomed to Live
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 14 May 05
A/U: Boromir survives, but Aragorn is taken by Orcs along with Merry and Pippin at Parth Galen. Move one character away from the main plot and discover how the others are faring without him. Update: Chapter 11, Interrogations I.
julifolo - Steward and the King, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 29 Dec 14

What if Boromir didn't receive the dream-summons and so stayed in Minas Tirith and Faramir went north instead? PG warning: this is a hard tale, but not a dark one. At crucial times, characters in LotR react instead of act. For example, when the Fellowship splits and the return of the king. Using the branch point of Boromir's dream I was able to examine both of these important choices. 

This commentary AU is tersely written. It is primarily a bookverse story. Because I make large jumps when my timeline matches the original closely, this is intended for readers well familiar with the Ring War trilogy. Comments and typo catches are welcome.

nrink - Phrygian Flute, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 24 Apr 05
This gap-filler examines the relationship between Faramir, Boromir and their father, and how the death of Finduilas changed their lives. Here you will see a (hopefully!) human Denethor. Warning: much angst and adventure. Based largely on movie canon with some AU elements.
sindarinelvish - When In Dreams We Dwell
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 19 Jul 06
For the challenge "Change One Thing." How does the King cope ten years after Sauron's defeat without his Queen?


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Cold Like Fire
Entry Date: 06 Sep 04
Vistula the Dunadan
Entry Date: 04 Dec 04

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Challenge Info

Open Date: September 06, 2004

Closed: September 07, 2005

Challenge Topic: Storytelling/Writing

Entries: 11

Originator: HASA Challenges

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