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Nominations are open!

Posted by on June 20, 2016

************ Nominations are now closed!*************

Thank you all for participating!


Welcome to the first ever Silmarillion Awards!

silmarillion-awards-border-goldThe Silmarillion Awards have been created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about some of our other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

When we started thinking about creating a sort of “Fantasy Oscars,” we found it difficult to fathom any award that wouldn’t be won by a character or item from The Lord of the Rings… so, to make things a bit more interesting, we decided to call them “The Silmarillion Awards” and have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

Joining our team are eight other bloggers and authors who will each be hosting one of these awards, called Silmarils, on their blogs towards the end of July.

But before we get there, we need YOUR help! Starting today, June 20th and proceeding through July 1st, the nomination period for each award will be open. Please visit the participating bloggers (found in the list below), read the descriptions of the awards and make your nominations!

Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. We will be picking the 5 characters with the most “seconds” for the final voting period that will take place between July 4th – 13th, so you may also “third,” “fourth,” “fifth,” etc any nominations you particularly like.

Fine print:

  • Please do not nominate anything from one of your OWN books!
  • You may nominate a character AND second, third, fourth a character… but please only vote once. (i.e. You cannot nominate a character and then also second that same character)
  • Please share about the Silmarillion Awards on social media to spread the excitement far and wide across Middle Earth. Use the hashtag: #silmawards2016 wherever possible!
  • Don’t nominate a Tolkien character for the awards, as the characters presenting the awards are already the standard for each award
  • Don’t stress if a character you nominate doesn’t win this year. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition, and these awards are LIFETIME AWARDS, meaning that they cannot be won by the same character more than once!

Official Schedule:

Phase 1 – June 20-July 1: Award nominations open

Phase 2 – July 4: the final nominees will be announced and voting will open and last through July 14th

Phase 3 – July 16-28: Presentation of the awards, 1 per day, each award will be hosted on a different blog each day

Phase 4 – Celebration! July 29th was the official publication date of the Lord of the Rings back in 1954. We invite you all to celebrate with us the 62nd birthday of this masterpiece of Fantasy Fiction. Congratulate the winners, take and post a photo of yourselves with LOTR paraphernalia, write a blog post about your favorite LOTR moment, scene, character, quote, or memory… get creative and have fun!

Participating Bloggers & the Awards they will be presenting!

And for the reward that will be presented on my blog: Best Redemption Story.
The Best Redemption Story Award should go to the story that demonstrates the most heart-touching redemption story within the realm of fantasy, whether this story is a golden thread woven into the tapestry of a larger story or the entire story itself. A story which features a character who has fallen to disgrace, committed dreadful deeds, or has simply lost his or her way. Misguided. Dejected. Alone. Embittered. Yet he or she rises from the depths of darkness to a glorious renewing of his or her soul, leaving us with the warm glow of hope for a better tomorrow, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the struggle to overcome, and just maybe rekindle the belief that there is still some good in this world worth fighting for.

This award will be presented by one who has tasted the bitter depths of darkness and wept. But he did not remain in such disgrace. Far be it! He rose to fight that others might live and he paid the ultimate price to do so.

Fair thee well, fellow adventurers! Until our next meeting, nominate away!

**************************************** UPDATE************************************

I apologize! My blog hasn’t let anyone comment, not even me! BUT I think we have it fixed now. If for some reason it decides to not let you comment again, you can comment on my Facebook blog post regarding the nominations. I am so sorry! I don’t want to miss any of your nominations at all!

123 Responses to Nominations are open!

  1. DJ Edwardson

    Hmm, are comments finally working now? If so I nominate Edmund from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe because, well, his story so clearly parallels the greatest redemption story of all time!

  2. Deborah O'Carroll

    I haven’t thought of my nominee yet — working on it! — just checking the comments. 🙂

  3. Esther

    This contest is going to be mega awesome! And I’m pretty sure i know who is going to present this award! (sniffle)
    And I nominate Prince Lionheart from Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s Tales of Goldstone Wood Series for this award!

  4. proverbs31teen

    Yay, the comments are working!!! 😀 I’m so excited for this one. I think I know who’s presenting it, but we’ll see. 😉
    I nominate Jace from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. Poor, poor Jace… <3

  5. Tim

    Ellidyr, The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

  6. J.L. Mbewe

    I nominate Skaric from Trinity by Clare Davidson 🙂

  7. Esther

    I’m also nominating Murtagh from the Inheritance Cycle. I think he’s my overall favorite from that series and his story chokes me up every time!!!

  8. Leah E. Good

    I nominate Leith from The Blade of Acktar

    • Emberlight

      I second both Leith and Jace! they are two of my favorites!
      I also nominate Caleb Tala from Follower of the Word by Morgan Busse
      and Gem from Spindrift by Jill Penrod.

  9. Leah E. Good

    I also nominate Jace from The Ilyon Chronicles

  10. Rachael Liankatawa

    I nominate Lady Daylily from the Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her redemption story in Shadow Hand=amazing!

  11. glnadig

    I nominate Princess Una from Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

    • Esther

      I second Princess Una. She’s one of my favorite heroines ever!

  12. Chessi Gunter

    I nominate Tumnus because…well Tumnus 🙂

  13. Esther

    I third Lady Daylily and second Princess Una

  14. The Princess of Dol Amroth

    Eustace Clarence Scrubb from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

  15. Keegan Kozler

    Kalmar and Artham Wingfeather from the Wingfeather Saga. (Two separate nominations.)

    • Rachel Snowden

      There were several I was thinking from Wingfeather, and I “third” both of these! (I just love that the whole series is full of redemption stories; I’m thinking also of Podo, Esben, and even Gnag to some degree!) So hard to choose!

    • Laure Hittle

      Oh, second. To both of them.

    • Stephanie Wilson

      I fifth (I think that’s what it’s up to) both Kalmar and Artham from the Wingfeather Saga.

      I love the redemption story of many characters in the Wingfeather saga. I love that the Maker does more than just make everything the way that it was before the brokenness, but by redeeming what was broken, he makes something new. “Gnag bends things for breaking, and the Maker makes a flourish! Evil digs a pit, and the Maker makes a well” (Book 3 p58) That makes me cry and gives me hope.

    • DJ Edwardson

      Seconding Kalmar for my daughter who just finished reading this series.

  16. Esther

    And I second both! I love those two!

  17. Christine

    I nominate Naamah from the Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series by Bryan Davis. Her story was powerful. Like gut-punching powerful!

  18. Eric H.

    I nominate Marcus, the neighborhood bully from Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel, “Cardboard.”

    Despite his earlier actions being utterly disgusting, his redemption not only hits all the right emotional chords but feels completely believable, and it has the added bonus of resulting from a cool battle where otherworldly manifestations of his inner psyche attack him and the rest of his town.

  19. Laure Hittle

    Here’s another nomination from the Wingfeather Saga: Janner.

  20. Abigail Leskey

    I nominate Regulus Black from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

  21. beckyfarb1992

    I nominate Horace from The Ranger’s Apprentice series. He may have been a hero throughout most of the series, but never forget he started off as a self-centered bully. I loved how he and Will went from enemies to best friends.

  22. Stephanie Wilson

    I nominate Podo Helmer from the Wingfeather Saga

  23. Suzannah

    I second Edmund! What a classic!

    I nominate Redcrosse from THE FAERIE QUEENE. His tale of fall and redemption is one of the most heart-breaking things… I love it!

  24. Savannah Perran

    I nominate Constantine from Illusionarium by Heather Dixon.

  25. Eliana

    I nominate Count Rosencross from the Peleg Chronicles!

  26. Josiah

    I’m going to second Una from Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

    And I’ll nominate Jordam from Cyndere’s Midnight by Jeffrey Overstreet. I’m not sure if he appears any of the following books, but he deserves this award.

  27. Mary Horton

    Is it okay to nominate a character for multiple awards? Because if so, I nominate Alastair Coldhollow from The Dark Sea Annals (by Wayne Thomas Batson). Powerful stuff here, folks.

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