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Alternate Perspectives Challenge

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Take any scene that Tolkien wrote, from any of the books. Now turn it on its head: write it from some POV other than the one Tolkien gave us. Here are some examples:

* Bilbo's "unexpected party" in The Hobbit -- we pretty much get just Bilbo's perspective. What was one of the Dwarves thinking, or Gandalf, or the hobbit next door?

* The Nazgûl attack Frodo, Sam, and Pippin as they cross the Shire (just before they bump into Gildor). We get Frodo's thoughts, but what about the other hobbits', or the elves, or the Nazgûl, or an animal who oversaw the whole encounter?

* Faramir's interrogation of Frodo and Sam, but from his POV or one of his Rangers', or from Frodo's for that matter.

* Éowyn attacks the Witch-king, but through her own eyes. Or Théoden's. Anyone but Merry.

The idea is to find a scene that Tolkien tells us through one point of view, and tell that same scene from some other cahracter (canonical or original) who would have seen the same scene. I'm not sure this would work for all scenes, but there are several that are told pretty strongly from one POV or the other.

(Movieverse pieces are allowed, too, if you can find a scene that's shown through one particular character's eyes, or even several but not all characters. The nature of the medium makes it harder, but if you can find such a scene go ahead and have fun.)

Donated by: Marta

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Nessime - Promises to Keep
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Last Updated: 18 Jul 03
The Third Marshal of the Riddermark and the Ranger who would be King meet for the first time on the plains of Rohan. Told from a slightly different viewpoint. My entry in the "All Good Beasts" challenge.

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Created: July 19, 2005

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Originator: Marta

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