Closed Challenges

Quickies Qtr 1, 2005

Challenge Details

Quickie rules:
--The story should be at least one type-written page long, but not more than 3 type-written pages. Definition of page - 1" margin all the way around, Times 12 pt. font., standard size paper.
--There should be one viewpoint or one character as the main focus.
--It should be one continuous scene.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one of the below prompts, and write a story within the limits here described.

The sons of Elrond meet the Rohirrim at Aragorn's coronation. They talk about when Eorl the Young came to the aid of Gondor five hundred years before.

In "An Unexpected Party" (FOTR), the Dwarves all play instruments. Surely they didn't cart them all the way home to Erebor? Perhaps they are gathering dust in Bag End? What if a certain young hobbit and his friends happened to find them?

During the trip down the Anduin, Merry and Pippin challenge Boromir and Aragorn to a contest to see whose fishing technique work best -- that of hobbits or Men.

Anborn asks Legolas about the black squirrels in Mirkwood.

Write of the meeting in which Beren, Steward of Gondor, met with Saruman to surrender the keys and the maintenance of Orthanc to the White Wizard.

A quickie that revolves around a door opening or closing could be quite good, and there are lots of possibilities from a hobbit waiting for his invitation to Bilbo's party to Eowyn waiting in the Houses of Healing for Ioreth to the Black riders breaking down the door at Crickhollow to. . .

Where does Bergil find the six athelas leaves that he brings to Aragorn in the Houses of Healing?

The beginning of excavating either the Great Smials or Brandy Hall.

In Minas Tirith, Aragorn is mystified by the hobbits' sore throats -- until he learns that Gimli finally succumbed to their requests, and had been attempting to teach them his language.

The Guards of the Citadel have never tended a living White Tree before, so the King asks Sam to give them a few gardening lessons.

Frodo tells Aragorn why he named his new pony Strider.

Before they part, Galadriel gives Arwen a gift -- something that Celebrían had meant to give her daughter when she married.

In "The Departure of Boromir" (TTT), Aragorn and Legolas sing a lament for Boromir. Do They ever sing it to Faramir? Or at a public service in honor of Boromir?

Oromë goes hunting.

The thoughts of one of the hobbit archers who defended Fornost against the Witch-king, or of one of the wives they left behind.
Some of these prompts came from Shirebunnies: check it out for more inspiration. There are over 150 prompts, with some having been adopted and written as stories.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Lackwit - Hope of the Mark
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Mar 05
My entry for the Quickies Qtr 1 2005 challenge (door opening/closing). Théodred seeks his king's permission to ride out against Rohan's enemies.
Liregon - Final Farewell
General Audience
Last Updated: 14 Mar 05
Feelings of both Aragorn and Arwen as the fellowship departs Rivendell. Written for the Quickie qtr1 challenge involving a door opening/closing.
Marta - Long-expected Visitor, A
General Audience
Last Updated: 27 Feb 05
A short vignette: Fatty awaits the arrival of the Nazgul at Crickhollow.
Still Anonymous - Gift From Oromë, A
General Audience
Last Updated: 03 Mar 07
Everyone knows that before the First Kinslaying, the Valar-lord Oromë gave the third son of Feänor, Celegorm, the gift of Huan the Hound. But tales are changed with time, and if you asked Oromë himself, and Curufin, Feänor's fourth son, you might get a different story.

Finalist in the 2005 Mithril Awards for Best Humor and Semi-finalist for Best Characterisation - Tolkien Character.
Waltraute - Athelas
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Jul 06
Bergil searches ruined Minas Tirith for the last kingsfoil in the city.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 04 Jan 05

In Challenges

Challenge Info

Open Date: January 01, 2005

Closed: March 31, 2005

Challenge Topic:

Entries: 8

Originator: HASA Challenges

Keyword Search

Search for key terms in Challenge, Nuzgûl & Oliphaunt titles and descriptions.

Results are ordered alphabetically by title.