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Pirate's Life's for M-e, A: The Corsairs of Umbar

Challenge Details

Write a story featuring Middle-earth's most famous pirates: the Corsairs of Umbar.

There are a number of time periods available:

*Castamir and his followers
*The sacking of Umbar (Thorongil)
*The routing of the Corsairs from Pelargir (Aragorn, again, with the Dead)

Those are just the mentioned incidents. They had well over a millenium to be active, and likely survived into the Fourth Age. Denethor, Imrahil, any of the Kings of Gondor (after the Kinstrife) would likely have had to deal with them, and of course there are all those opportunities to focus on original characters here.

So put on your best eye-patch and get ready to buckle some landlubbing swash: write us a story about the pirates of Middle-earth!

Challenge runs for six months.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Eledhwen - Kings of the Sea
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 04
An entry for the "Pirates in Middle-earth" challenge - a homage to the challenge's inspiration: Pirates of the Caribbean meets LOTR.

Set post-movie for PotC and early in the Fourth Age.
Elemmire - Toward the Sunrise
General Audience
Last Updated: 10 Aug 05
Aragorn (“Thorongil”) has convinced Ecthelion that a raid on Umbar is Gondor’s best hope. Now he must face–and defeat–the mighty Corsairs of Umbar. Chapter Six of Six: Valediction. Beta now complete!
flick - Corsair Papers, The (Collaborative Mayhem 2)
General Audience
Last Updated: 11 Apr 04
Fileg and Flick present a bit of Fourth Age Fantasy Froth for the Pirate Challenge. If Gilbert and Sullivan had thought of Middle Earth....
Regina - Upon An Ocean Blue
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 17 Jan 12

Here is the tale of Isengar Took, youngest child of the Old Took, who ran away from home to see the sea, only to discover worlds he never imagined--proud sailors, wild pirates, cruel desert chieftans, and a woman of the Big Folk he cannot forget . . .

Starlight - Dissension
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Sep 04
How did the kin-strife start? How did the Corsairs come to be? The beginnings... Written for the Pirates of M-e Challenge.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 19 Jan 04
Isabeau of Greenlea
Entry Date: 30 Dec 03

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Challenge Info

Open Date: July 18, 2003

Closed: April 01, 2004

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Entries: 8

Originator: Regina

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