HASA Birthday Challenge
We, as fanfic writers, tell stories. That's why we came to HASA in the first place. But often these stories are different from the types of tales Arda's inhabitants would tell. We frequently write about the everyday doings of our characters, or those moments which are so private the characters in question would rather keep them out of song. Which is all well and good, but it's high time we wrote some of the stories that hobbits, dwarves, elves, men, and other races would have enjoyed hearing and telling -- and re-telling.
So with that in mind, HASA members should commemorate the birthday of the site that allows us to share our stories by writing for our favourite characters the types of tales they might enjoy. For example:
* complete a canonical poem that was left incomplete, or tell the story of how it first came to be written. (for example, finish Sam's Gil-galad poem)
* Have one character tell a story to another character. (For example, Legolas telling the story of Nimrodel.)
* Explain some popular belief or saying. (For instance Gimli explains to the hobbits the saying 'He was a burned Dwarf'")
* Look at someone struggling to separate the real, historical person from the myth that has come to surround them. (AL Milton's "Shards of Time" is an excellent example of a story like this, where Barahir [Faramir and Eowyn's grandson] tries to discover the truth about his illustrious grandmother when he's writing his history.)
Note: Ang originally came up with the idea to mark HASA's birthday with a challenge. Tanaqui thought up the challenge idea, and Marta helped her refine it.