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Bitter Valentine's Day Poetry Challenge

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In a perverse honoring of Valentine's Day, I give you the "Bitter Valentine's Day Poetry Challenge."

It's time to pay hommage to the unsuccessful courtships of Middle-earth. Your mission is to write the love poetry of one of the following:

Gríma Wormtongue to Éowyn
A verse spoken by Gollum to his Precious
Fëanor's sonnets to Galadriel (all rejected, of course)
Something Túrin might have composed for Anglachel
Something Maeglin might have composed for Idril (in his head)
Something Berúthiel might have composed for her cats, if she had a poetic bone in her body (she could've had one... a small one, maybe...)
Feanor to the Silmarils (you are my starshine...)
Finduilas to Turin
Eol to Aredhel

Squicked enough? There are two with great humor potential:

Morgoth to Ungoliant (or vice versa)
Lobelia to Frodo (about her unrequited desire for Bag End)

Use whatever form of poem you think is most appropriate. If you have other possibilities, be sure to mention them to me. The point is to have poetry from an obsessive character to the object of his/her obsession; fetish objects are obviously allowed and encouraged.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

A. L. Milton - Tale of Two Kitties, A
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Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
(WiP) Originally meant for the "Bitter Valentines" challenge, this story grew in the telling and ended up as something that is probably not appropriate for the challenge at all. Think of it as PG Wodehouse does Middle Earth. Starring Beruthiel, her nine cats and the poetry she composes for them. Findegil has a cameo, but please don't mention the herring. By A L Milton.
addicted - Tormented Love Poetry of Feanor, The
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Last Updated: 02 Feb 03
Feanor writes love poetry to Galadriel (or more like her hair). Beware my talent for bad poems! story with (abominable) poetry laced throughout
Alawa - Gríma's Giftgiving
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Last Updated: 03 Apr 03
Response to the Bitter Valantine's Day Poetry Challenge. Somewhere or other Grima has picked up a bit of a haiku influence.
Dwimordene - Eowyn, my fair one
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Last Updated: 15 Mar 04
A very Bitter (and belated) Valentine's Day poetry challenge. Grima lets his inner poet loose. Pity the world. And Eowyn, of course.

Mithril Awards 2003 - Finalist - Best Poetry
Ehtele - Haudh-en-Elleth
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Last Updated: 01 Mar 03
A poem from a tormented Finduilas to Turin, the mortal man who stole her heart despite her wishes and never returned that love. For the Bitter Valentines Challenge.
Enros - My Precious
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Last Updated: 16 Oct 03
Entry for the Bitter Valentine's Day Poetry challenge. Originally written for a Lord of the Rings Improvisation on the words: shine, mud, destiny and love. Knocked out in about 10 minutes - and it shows! If I get time before the challenge closes I'll try to do some more work on it. No prizes for guessing that it's Gollum and the Ring.
fileg - Anglachel
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Last Updated: 23 Apr 03
A terzanelle from Turin to Anglachel, for the Bitter Valentines challenge.
For those who like their love poems like their coffee – Black, bitter and with sediment at the bottom.
fileg - Green Eyed Monsters
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Last Updated: 15 Apr 03
Two Triolets for the Bitter Valentines Day challenge, from Queen Beruthiel to her cats...
Kate Fairfax - Lobelia to Bag End
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Last Updated: 28 Feb 03
Bitter Valentine's Challenge!
Maid of Ainur - Loveletters
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Last Updated: 28 Mar 03
Response to the Bitter Valentine's Day Challenge. Humorous OOC. A lovesick Feanor writes some verses to Artanis. *Beware! Extremely terrible poetry inside* Partly my fault, but Feanor-in-my-head keeps reciting them.
Meg Thornton - Mary Mordor Sue Writes...
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Last Updated: 25 Feb 03
In response to the Bitter Valentine's Day Challenge, I bring you another bit of darkness from Mary Mordor Sue. It helps if you've read that story before reading this poem.

It really does help a lot. Go read it.

(Oh, and Dwim: I believe these Nuzgûl fangs are yours...)

Mouse - Iron Flame
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Last Updated: 11 May 03
A sonnet composed by Turin for Anglachel (aka Gurthang). Written for the Bitter Valentine's Day Poetry challenge.
Nerdanel - Maeglin's Song to Idril
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Last Updated: 11 Dec 03
Maeglin writes a private love poem to Idril (though of course doesn't show it to her). For the Bittersweet Valentine's Day challenge.
Pika - Untender is the night
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Last Updated: 20 Apr 03
[sorry, I panicked for the title...] Rambling verse. Bitter Valentine Challenge. Eowyn to Aragorn, her cold thoughts as she rides to battle with the Eored disguised as Dernhelm, "as one seeking death".
Simbelmynë - Maeglin's Song
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Last Updated: 15 Mar 03
Poem composed by Maeglin. Originally in Sindarin, I translated it when I found it in my head. First poem, and looks like it. Yeah, and I beg for comments.
Starlight - Three Sides to the Same Story
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Last Updated: 12 Aug 11
Gwindor/Finduilas/Turin, one of the saddest stories in the Silmarillion canon.
Stultiloquentia - Fëanor Challenged
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Last Updated: 21 Apr 05
Fëanor writes poetry for the V-Day challenge.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 02 Apr 03

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Challenge Info

Open Date: January 28, 2003

Closed: April 28, 2003

Challenge Topic: Holiday/Date/Season

Entries: 18

Originator: Dwimordene

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