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X takes the Ring - AU challenge

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I have seen a few stories over the years where for instance Galadriel takes the Ring when Frodo offers it to her. But what would happen if others were to take it, for any reason, good or evil? Aragorn? Boromir, Gandalf, or Pippin perhaps? Or Sam abandons Frodo at Cirith Ungol and goes on alone to try to destroy the Ring...

It wouldn't have to be a member of the Fellowship; maybe Barliman Butterbur finds a golden ring in the room the Hobbits used… or Bilbo loses it on one of his walking trips in the Shire…

These could be anything, serious, funny, dark; from drabbles to multi-chapter AUs, and anything in between.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Agape4Gondor - Opportunity
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Last Updated: 25 Mar 08
A response to the 'XXX Takes the Ring' Challenge.
docmon - Answering the Call
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Last Updated: 15 Dec 08
FIRST PLACE in the 2008 MEFA Awards!

A series of AU vignettes in which each member of the Fellowship hears the call of the Ring - and answers it. My take on the big What-If. Varying degrees of angst, drama, action, and perhaps a little more angst.

I can't thank Thundera Tiger enough for all her help and patience with this story. Without her guidance and encouragement, this story would never have seen the light of day, nor would I have considered posting any of my writing.
Jay of Lasgalen - A Lesser Treason
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Last Updated: 26 Jan 06
Imladris, December 24th, 3018. Elrohir, restless and uneasy, wanders the hills above Imladris, unaware that an evil presence is preying on his mind.
Jay of Lasgalen - Dark Elf
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Last Updated: 08 Jun 05
A dark, AU drabble. Setting: The banks of the Anduin, during the chapter 'The Great River'.
Larner - Betrayal Most Unexpected
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Last Updated: 10 Jul 07
An AU, might-have-been story. Gandalf awakes below the ruined tower of Zirak-zigal to find that before his return someone has claimed the Ring.
Linaewen - A Great Evil Unmade
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Last Updated: 08 Feb 15

A most unlikely Ringbearer contemplates how he came to Mount Doom and whether or not he will succeed in putting the Ring in the Fire. AU, written for the X Takes the Ring challenge.

Second Place - MEFA 2008 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Steward's Family

Nath - Old Man Willow
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Last Updated: 05 Dec 14

What if Old Man Willow's motives in trying to trap four hobbits were more sinister? What if...

Second place in the 2008 MEFAs in the category Races: Other beings: General.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 11 Mar 08
Entry Date: 19 Feb 08
Peregrin Ionad
Entry Date: 11 Dec 07

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Challenge Info

Open Date: October 09, 2007

Closed: March 25, 2008

Challenge Topic: AU/Crossover

Entries: 10

Originator: Nath

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