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Tales Unheard

Challenge Details

A frustrating aspect of reading Tolkien's books is all the potentially great conversations that never happen between various characters. So here's the challenge: write a chat or scene between characters that never interact (or interact very little) "onstage" in Tolkien's books, that you feel should have interacted more for various reasons -- perhaps because they share a particular experience, have a history together that isn't explored, or because it would have simply resulted in hilarious dialogue or a great meeting of the minds.

Another option is to take your favourite character and have him/her/it talk to someone you've either never or rarely written about. Still, it should be an unusual interaction. So don't have Legolas talk to Aragorn, for instance, because you love Aragorn and never write about Legolas.

And maybe try to think of situations that have been neglected in the fandom as well as the books. For instance, even though we never see Boromir interact with either Denethor or Faramir in LotR, there are already so many fics out there that deal with the Steward's family that they probably wouldn't be encouraged for this particular nuzgul. The more uncommon, the better!

Some situations:

* The Fellowship hang out at Rivendell.
* The Fords of Isen.
* The Fields of Cormallen.
* Minas Tirith before the funeral host departs for Rohan.
* Edoras before and after Theoden's funeral.

Some interesting pairs:

* Elven heirs: Legolas and Arwen.
* Three gardeners of the Fourth Age: Sam, Legolas and Eowyn.
* The Rangers of the North and the sons of Elrond (before the Battle of the Pelennor, the Black Gates, or on the Fields of Cormallen)
* Theodred: did anyone actually talk to the poor guy before he was conveniently snuffed out?
* Prince Imrahil and Denethor before the Siege of Minas Tirith.
* A first meeting between Eomer and Faramir at Minas Tirith, before Eowyn.
* Witch-Kings and Wizard's Pupils: Gandalf and Eowyn have a lot to talk about.
* Now that Gimli and Eomer have called a draw on who is the most beautiful Elf, what else do they talk about?
* Arwen stays behind at Meduseld with Prince Imrahil, Eomer, Eowyn and Faramir after everyone else leaves for the Shire. What the heck does she say to these people? Considering Eowyn was once after Aragorn, and Eomer is a bit enamoured of her, things could get very interesting.
* Before the Elven host leaves Edoras, Elrond and Arwen speak "long and bitterly" in the hills of Rohan. What was said? What about Galadriel and Celeborn?
* Beregond and Eowyn discuss a touchy subject: dereliction of duty.
* Galadriel says farewell to Gimli. Or better yet, Celeborn and Gimli have a little chat.
* Arwen and Frodo (or anyone besides Aragorn, for that matter) before the Fellowship heads south.
* What if Legolas had tried to talk to Gollum while he was in Mirkwood?

As for the Silm, it has so little dialogue that there are thousands of unheard conversations and tales that could have happened!

Courtesy of Aliana and marastar.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aliana - Object Lessons
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 May 07
Éowyn, Frodo, and a moment in Minas Tirith.

Finalist, Fourth Age or Beyond, 2005 Mithril Awards

Commended, Vignette or Short Story, 2005 Mithril Awards
DrummerWench - Green Flash, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 13 Jun 08
A gapfiller set at the end of ROTK, between Frodo's leavetaking and the return of Sam, Merry and Pippin to the Shire. Slightly AU for the disposition of Narya. Companion piece to "The Tower Hills" and "The Boatbuilder".
Dwimordene - Both Beholden
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Dec 06
The first step in any journey is letting go of what you're holding onto. Boromir, contemplating kings, discovers he's not the only one who needs to make that step.

1st Place 2006 MEFAs—Drama: Pre-Fellowship
Elena Tiriel - Moon Shadow
General Audience
Last Updated: 29 Sep 05
Drabble: Isildur witnesses an attempt to obtain the One Ring. For Tanaqui's birthday, September 2005.
Hobbitness - Hidden Music
General Audience
Last Updated: 18 Dec 04
Legolas is enjoying a woodland night while the Fellowship sleeps. He has a revelation about the Quest and about himself. Not a Legomance; no slash.
Ithiliel Silverquill - Scarlet Leaves
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Apr 05
The sequel to "Afternoon Tea." As autumn begins its decline into winter, Pippin receives an unexpected guest.
Ithiliel Silverquill - Afternoon Tea
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Apr 05
In Rivendell, after the Council of Elrond, Pippin finds a friend in the least likely person imaginable.
Karri - Intertwined
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Feb 06
Upon reaching Hollin, Sam's curiosity leads to a demonstration of Elven magic.
Linaewen - Best Sword Ever, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 08 Feb 15

Two men are tied together over the years by memories of the "best sword ever," and the desire they have to see it made whole once more.

Third Place - MEFA 2008 Award Category: Times: Mid Third Age: General

Linaewen - Trees, Nothing More
General Audience
Last Updated: 21 Jul 10

Boromir recalls a time when chance brought him to a strange place and an unexpected meeting. Entered as a submission to the "Tales Unheard" challenge.

Second Place - MEFA 2009 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondorians

Linaewen - Feet That Wander
General Audience
Last Updated: 13 Feb 09
Tom Bombadil sets a wandering stranger upon the right path. Entered as a submission to the "Tales Unheard" challenge.

First Place - MEFA 2008 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: General
marastar - Between Crown and Mantle
General Audience
Last Updated: 05 Jun 05
Éowyn slays a few of her own demons with Gandalf's help, and that of a much-neglected figure in Gondor's history. Set in Edoras, 3019 of the Third Age, before the departure of the funeral host for the Shire. I've always thought it a shame we didn't get many conversations between Gandalf and Eowyn, especially after the Pelennor. I guess this is my ode to the small notes in the margins of history, and the things that go unmentioned.
Marta - Sam's Gift
General Audience
Last Updated: 16 Aug 05
Galadriel gave Sam a box of dirt from her garden. But what gift did Sam give Galadriel?
Marta - How Many Years?
General Audience
Last Updated: 14 Jun 04
The road to the hallows above Minas Tirith is travelled only once a generation, on the twentieth birthday of the current steward's oldest son. Denethor leads Boromir down that scarce-walked path, and Denethor finally gives Boromir an honest answer to a question he asked as a child. Semi-finalist at the 2004 Mithril Awards for Best Story Focusing on Men and Best Vignette or Short Story.
Marta - Best Brew in Buckland, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 09 Jun 04
A sequel to "Wine is Fine." While Minas Tirith celebrated the marriage of Elessar and Arwen, Faramir joined Legolas, Merry, and Pippin for a private get-together. Much alcohol was consumed, and certain stewards of Gondor were embarrassed.

Now Eomer and Gimli have tired of the hobbits' gloating and wish to help Faramir revenge himself of the humiliation. The five visit a series of inns throughout Minas Tirith and have many adventures.
Meril - Renewal
General Audience
Last Updated: 25 Feb 05
Celebrimbor, newly reembodied, finds his place among the elves of Aman.
Vistula the Dunadan - Cabbages and Kings
General Audience
Last Updated: 07 Jan 05
A whimsical and light gap filler moment between Sam and Strider, set post Bree but pre Rivendell. The ranger and hobbit gardener discuss Frodo, plants and things that aren’t always what they seem.
Werecat - Dolor Meus
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Mar 06
O all you, who pass by the way - attend and see, if there is a sorrow like My sorrow. In another land and another time, the man who loves birds meets the one with a strong voice. Fourth Age, AU.
MEFAs 2005: Winner - Post-Ring War
Mithrils 2005 - Semi Finalist, Fourth Age and Beyond


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 08 Apr 05
Entry Date: 11 Nov 05
Entry Date: 23 May 05
Vistula the Dunadan
Entry Date: 01 Apr 05
Entry Date: 01 Apr 05

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Open Date: March 28, 2005

Closed: November 28, 2005

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Entries: 25

Originator: Aliana

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