Nuzgûl Hutch

Tanka Time!

Challenge Details

For the poets and would-be poets among us, it is (drum-roll) Tanka Time!

What is a Tanka?

  • has 31 syllables, arranged in five lines: 5-7-5-7-7
  • tends to use courtly/formal language
  • focuses on symbolism from nature and personal emotion

Over in LiveJournal-land several people have been posting tankas based on Tolkien's writing. Now is time for the madness to spread to HASA!

The rules are easy: Write a tanka, or a series of tankas, based on anything in Tolkien. Examples can be found here.

The word is that a Workshop will be set up for all tanka writers to you can post your poems as chapters in a larger tanka collection. When that Workshop exists, it will be linked here.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Elemmire - Tankas To His Love
General Audience
Last Updated: 12 Aug 05
Two series of tankas written by Aragorn.
marastar - Of Doom
General Audience
Last Updated: 28 Jul 05
Three tanka that attempt to describe the doom of the three main peoples of Middle-earth -- in order of appearance, of course. Written for a self-inflicted tanka challenge and submitted to the Tanka Time! challenge on HASA.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Adoption Date: 04 Aug 08

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Challenge Info

Created: July 27, 2005

Challenge Topic: Poetry

Entries: 5

Originator: Marta

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