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Sun, Shadow, and Smaug

Challenge Details

Last December, we ran a fundraising pledge challenge for 2013 costs that had as its theme The Hobbit, reflecting the release of the first of Peter Jackson's movies.

We are starting 2014 with another, similar challenge - Sun, Shadow and Smaug - to follow the course of the newest movie. Bilbo journeys from the sunny slopes of the Misty Mountains into the deep shadows of Mirkwood, emerging from them to continue to the desolation of the Dragon.

Gone are the certainties of the civilized Shire, evil lurks beneath the branches of the trees, and every step brings him closer to Smaug.

The Challenge: Write a story that is connected in some way with The Hobbit - the book or the movie - and that uses one or more of the three themes of the challenge - sun, shadow, Smaug - and post it on HASA. It can be anything you like as long as it ties in to something that happens or is mentioned or must have occurred given the events of the book or the movie.

  • It can be backstory, alternate scenes, side stories, afterwards stories, whatever you feel like writing
  • It can be about any character, canon, book or your own invention
  • It can be any genre - drama, comedy, poetry, parody, action adventure, mystery, etc.

Authors, here are the rules for stories:

  • It must be a new story, never having appeared for the general public on any other web site
  • It must be 500 words or more in length (combining drabbles is fine, length allowances made for poetry)
  • It is posted exclusively to HASA in January while the Challenge runs

Readers, here are the rules for pledging:

  • The pledge is per completed story posted to the Challenge - you can't specify that you'll only donate for an Elf story or one with Gollum in it, for example.
  • A minimum of $1.00 per story
  • No minimum on the total amount you're willing to pledge

The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and runs through the end of the day January 31. Home page display will start when there are three entries in the Challenge. Authors, reward our readers with a great story. Readers, reward our authors with a pledge.

Forum threads:

If you have any questions about this challenge, the general discussion thread is here.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aruthir - Shadow of the Dragon
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 14 Jan 14

What it's like to be at Ground Zero.

(Written for the 2014 HASA Fundraising Challenge)

Aruthir - Dragonglass
General Audience
Last Updated: 11 Jan 14

Drogo receives a visitor...

(Written for the 2014 Fundraising Challenge...)

Aruthir - Shadows
General Audience
Last Updated: 07 Jan 14

Long years after the destruction of the One Ring, the scars it left remain...

(Written for the 2014 Fundraising challenge)

Aruthir - The Littlest Thief
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Jan 14

Sometimes, dragons will parlay with thieves...

(Written for the 2014 Fundraising Challenge)

Aruthir - Of Fire And Flame
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 04 Jan 14

Ever wonder exactly why King Thranduil was so upset by Thorin's Company?

MovieVerse fic, written for the 2014 Fundraising Challenge...

Fool of a Took - Smaug the Terrible
General Audience
Last Updated: 14 Jan 14

Merry plays make believe while visiting Bag end with his family.  Written for the 2014 Fundraiser challenge.

Himring - Mirkwood
General Audience
Last Updated: 18 Jan 14

Poem written for  the prompts "shadow" and "sun" in HASA's Sun, Shadow and Smaug Challenge.

You could imagine these lines spoken by Bilbo—or by Tauriel or by Radagast, whoever you prefer.

Linaewen - Fear of the Shadow
General Audience
Last Updated: 22 Jan 14

Thranduil admits to himself that he is afraid.

Written for the Sun, Shadow and Smaug Fundraising Challenge.

Nath - A few words
General Audience
Last Updated: 28 Jan 14

Dain and Thranduil talk. Movieverse. Written for the January 2014 Fundraising Challenge.

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Challenge Info

Open Date: December 31, 2013

Closes: February 01, 2014

Challenge Topic: Fandom/Fanon

Entries: 9

Originator: HASA Challenges

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