***Nominations are now closed. Voting begins on Monday!***
The nominations for the 2023 Silmaril Awards are now open!
These awards celebrate the fictional characters we love and love to hate. But these awards are different. Instead of giving them to authors and their written works, these are given to the characters themselves by our beloved Lord of the Ring characters.
It’s been years since I last participated in these awards, so I am excited to be back again with so many awesome bloggers celebrating our beloved (and not so beloved characters, ha!) And I am even more excited that my blog will be hosting the Silmaril Award for the Most Faithful Friend presented by Samwise Gamgee himself. One of my favorite characters in LOTR!
So who is the Most Faithful Friend? THAT is up to YOU to decide. Nominate by commenting below who you think should be recognized as the Most Faithful Friend in the realm of fantasy.
1. Just a quick reminder The creators of these awards saw that Tolkien’s characters are the gold standard by which we measure these categories, thus they are not eligible to win these awards, and why they will be presenting them.
2. These awards are for FANTASY characters only! So no science fiction. Sorry! Maybe somebody will create a Star Wars/Star Trek themed award. Hmmmmm. . . . BUT, if you can convince us a certain science-fiction story has fantastical elements, please do so! (For example: The Lunar Chronicles contain elements of magic and are fairy tale retellings, thus making them eligible for being nominated.)
3. When you nominate a character, please mention which book they are from.
4. You may nominate as many characters as you wish and “second” as many characters as you want. **But please, do not second your own nominations.** The top five MOST seconded characters will go on to the final voting round. When you second a characters, please mention character’s name to avoid any confusion when it comes to tallying up votes.
5. If you are an author, you are welcome to participate, but please refrain from nominating your OWN characters. You may, of course, direct your fans to this event, though.
6. Characters who have won in a particular category in a previous year are ineligible to be nominated for the same award again. The Silmarils are Lifetime Awards. For a list of the previous winners in each category, please check out our Hall of Fame.
7. Please remember that these are Fantasy Book Awards. Therefore, a movie character is only eligible for nomination if they were a book first!
8. AND of course, most importantly, have fun! We are celebrating our favorite characters and we look forward to seeing who YOU think should win. Don’t forget to go visit the other participating blogs to nominate your favorite characters for the other Silmaril Awards!
9. **New this year** Many characters from Narnia have received quite a few rewards and dominated the top five of the awards over the years, thus have entered into a new level of renown. They are ineligible to be nominated, but never fear, you will most likely see them popping in here and there, helping with the award ceremonies to come.