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Show Me Fear!

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"I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust."

The Waste Land (inevitably).

Finch posted Tolkien's writings on houseless Elvish fear in the HoMe 10:

"It would seem that in these after days more and more of the Elves... who linger in Middle-earth now refuse the summons of Mandos, and wander houseless in the world, unwilling to leave it and unable to inhabit it, haunting trees or springs or hidden places that once they knew. Not all of these are kindly or unstained by the Shadow...

Some say the Houseless desire bodies, though they are not willing to seek them lawfully by submission to the judgement of Mandos. The wicked among them will take bodies, if they can, unlawfully. The peril of communicating with them is, therefore, not only the peril of being deluded by fantasies or lies: there is peril also of destruction. For one of the hungry Houseless... may seek to eject the fea from its body... or may plead for shelter, and if it is admitted, then it will seek to enslave its host."

Possession, haunting, poltergeists, zombies... Those with unfinished business, those with something left to do, those who bear a grudge or seek forgiveness - or retribution... First Age or Fourth Age, or through the Ages...

Show me their fear!

You are challenged to write Middle-earth ghost stories. Extra points for combining folklore with the legendarium. Extra points for writing something long and posting it at Hallowe'en.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aralanthiriel - Encounter with the Past, An
General Audience
Last Updated: 10 Jan 03
Boromir receives a strange visit from Maeglin, son of Eol, the night before his death.
Dwimordene - Gastings Night
General Audience
Last Updated: 13 Dec 02
Entry for the HASA Challenge "Show Me Fear!" In the tradition of campfire dares and spooky stories, I give you a Harrowdale Halloween, in which Hama learns the meaning of some old tales.... Drama and fireside banter abound.
finch - Well Matched Pair, A
General Audience
Last Updated: 11 Apr 03
Entry for the challenge Give Me Fear. Elvish fear may be around even in our own times.
Maeve Riannon - In Her Shadow
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 01 Nov 06
Could be considered a ghost story, or just a story of haunting. Maybe it´s slash, or maybe it isn´t. Indis, queen of the Noldor, is haunted by images of her past..or of her own guilty conscience.
Nath - Family Matters
General Audience
Last Updated: 05 Dec 14

A set of old journals hides a dark secret.

Stultiloquentia - Withouten Song
General Audience
Last Updated: 16 Dec 02
A Houseless Elf watches Gilraen rock her child to sleep. Response to the "Show Me Fear" challenge.
Tyellas - Desiring a Body
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 31 Jan 03
A dark, sensuous elvish ghost story from the heart of Tolkien canon. Fearless Legolas is tempted by one of the Houseless Ones. And such spirits crave bodies… Warning: NC-17, slash, and explicit.

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Challenge Info

Open Date: August 15, 2002

Closed: November 15, 2002

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Entries: 7

Originator: Altariel

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