Most Epic Heroine Nominations: Silmaril Awards 2019

Happy Monday!!

Today, we kick off the nominations for the Silmaril Awards. I haven’t been able to participate in them since 2016 where Boromir presented the award for Best Redemption Story. So I am very excited that I am able to participate in them again. 

So let’s begin!


Most Epic Heroine Silmaril Award

Who will win it? THAT is up to YOU to decide. Nominate by commenting below who you think should be recognized as the Most Epic Heroine 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. That’s right, Eowyn will be visiting my blog!

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 nomations.)

3. When you nominate your 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. 

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 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!

September 2nd: Nominations open

September 9th: Voting begins

September 16th-27th: Awards will be announced on the various sites of the various presenters each weekday during this time.

And there is a Facebook Group for those of you who’d like to meet up, discuss nominations, and such, join by clicking here!

Previous winners

Previous winners are not eligible for nomination.

Thank you! And have fun!

223 thoughts on “Most Epic Heroine Nominations: Silmaril Awards 2019

  1. Deborah O'Carroll says:

    I nominate:

    Mina (Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead)

    Eilonwy (Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander)

    Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)

    Echo (Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer)

    Ginny (Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal)

    Cordelia Beaumont (The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz)

      1. efmcmilion says:

        Audrey from Huntress/ Warfare / Dominion by Julie Hall

    1. Carrie-Anne Thomas says:

      Ooh, I second Eilonwy and Cordelia.

    2. Madeline J. Rose says:

      I second Mina, Sophie, and Ginny! 😀

    3. Your Friendly Neighborhood INFP says:

      I second Cordelia!

    4. Rebekah Stargazer says:

      I second. . . Everyone you mentioned! 😀 They are some of the best.

    5. Brie Donning says:

      I second Cordelia Beaumont, Pet (Between Jobs), Emma (Fawkes), Kyrin Altair and Renna Faithe.

      I nominate Princess Rosanna of Dagger’s Sleep and Midnight’s Curse.

      1. Iris Dontell. says:

        I second Rosanna, Kyrin Altair, Emma, and Renna.

    6. Darik Swisher says:

      I Second Kyrin Altair and Renna Faithe.

    7. Hazel Dontell says:

      I second Sophie. Anyone who can put up with Howl for that long and not smack him over the head that often deserves three awards.

    8. Faith Thompson says:

      I’ll second Sophie, Ginny, and Cordelia!

    9. Grace T. says:

      Seconding Sophie, Echo, and Cordelia!

  2. Rogue9 says:

    I nominate Tamara from The Iron Trial and the rest of the Magisterium books by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

    1. jlmbewe says:

      Pet sounded very intriguing! Although, I haven’t read the books yet. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Elise Yoder says:

      I enthusiastically second Pet!!!

  3. Heidi Burke says:

    Allis from If Wishes Were Curses by Janeen Ippolito

  4. Hannah says:

    I nominate Selene Ravenwood from The Ravenwood Saga!

    I also nominate Sairu from Golden Daughter!

    I ALSO nominate Harry Crewe from The Blue Sword.

    1. jlmbewe says:

      Oh, Selene and Sairu, yes! Haven’t read The Blue Sword. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Wyn Estelle says:

      I second Sairu and Harry Crewe! Hurrah for our warrior girls!

    3. Carrie-Anne Thomas says:

      Ooh, yes, I was going to nominate Sairu. I second this!

    4. Your Friendly Neighborhood INFP says:

      I second both Selene and Sairu!

    5. Rebekah Stargazer says:

      Second Selene! I’m kind of thinking of nominating her for least competent henchmen as well. . . for laughs. 😀

    6. Iris Dontell. says:

      I second Selene! Love that series!

  5. Julia/ @AristaeH/ Arysta Henry says:

    I nominate Lady Cordelia Beaumont from Kyle Robert Shultz’s Beaumont and Beasley Series and as a second nominee, I nominate Amelia (Amy) Crockett from Kyle Robert Shultz’s Crockett and Crane Series.

  6. 'Blue' says:

    I nominate Sairu and Starflower/Imraldera, both from the Tales of Goldstone Wood.

    1. jlmbewe says:

      Oh, yes!!! Good choice! I love both of them!

    2. Wyn Estelle says:

      I second Starflower/Imraldera and Sairu!

    3. Tracey Dyck says:

      I second Sairu and Starflower/Imraldera!

      I also nominate:

      -Emma from Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
      -both Rhen and Seleni from To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
      -Mina from the Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead
      -Nastya from Romanov by Nadine Brandes
      -Sarai from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

      (So many awesome ladies!)

      1. Carrie-Anne Thomas says:

        I second Emma from Fawkes!

      2. Addyson Huneke says:

        I second Eilonwy and Sophie and nominate Alyss and Evanlyn from Ranger’s Apprentice, Kyrin Altair from Ilyon Chronicles, Renna from The Blades of Acktar, Cress, Cinder, and Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles, and Vrell Sparrow from The Blood of Kings.

        1. Wyn Estelle says:

          I second Alyss, Evanlyn, Cress, CInder, Scarlet, and Vrell!

        2. Hazel Dontell says:

          Ooooh, I second Renna. And Kyrin, Alyss, Evanlyn and the Lunar chronicles characters.

      3. Zachary Totah says:

        I second Emma! I haven’t quite finished Fawkes yet, but she’s already proven herself to be epic.

      4. Faith Thompson says:

        I second Nastya, Seleni, and Sarai!

      5. Grace T. says:

        Seconding Rhen, Nastya, and Sarai! (not that I don’t love Seleni, please don’t think that XD)

    4. Madeline J. Rose says:

      I second Starflower/Imraldera!

    5. Rebekah Stargazer says:

      I second Starflower/Imraldera!

      1. Faith Thompson says:

        MASSIVE second for Imraldera!

  7. Carrie-Anne Thomas says:

    Antigone from The Ashtown Burials series, by N. D. Wilson.
    Meg from the Crockett and Crane series, by Kyle Robert Shultz.
    Maraly Weaver from The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson.

  8. Jenelle Schmidt says:

    So many good ones already mentioned!

    I second:
    Cordelia Beaumont

    I nominate:
    Cimorene from Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
    Nyssa Glass from the Nyssa Glass series by HL Burke
    Shannon from the Dragon and Scholar series by HL Burke
    Baili from Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington
    Niya from Spice Bringer by HL Burke
    Leah from Common by Laurie Lucking
    Jathil and Ayianna from Secrets Kept by JL Mbewe 🙂

    1. Grace T. says:


      Seconding Gwendolyn!!

  9. Sarah Pennington says:

    I second:
    -Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle
    -Cordelia Beaumont from Beaumont and Beasley.
    -Sairu from Golden Daughter
    -Imraldera/Starflower from Goldstone Wood
    -Maraly Weaver

    I nominate:
    -Shallan from The Stormlight Archive
    -Vin from Mistborn
    -Steris, also from Mistborn
    -Isabelle and Poly from the Two Monarchies series

    1. Sarah Pennington says:

      Additional nominations that I forgot about until a moment ago:
      -Gwendolyn Lancaster from The Aeronaut’s Windlass
      -Sabriel from the Abhorsen Chronicles

    2. Karisa Totah says:

      I very very very much second Shallon and Vin.

    3. Hazel Dontell says:

      I second Vin, and Maraly Weaver.

    4. Grace T. says:

      Seconding Shallan, Vin, and Steris!!

  10. Madeline J. Rose says:

    I just HAVE to nominate my Lunar Chronicle girls! I nominate Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter!

    1. Sarahkey says:

      I second Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder!

    2. Faith Thompson says:

      I second all four of them for sure!

    3. Grace T. says:

      Seconding Cinder and Scarlet (to make for uneven competition, though I love them all 0=D)

  11. Katy Huth Jones says:

    I nominate Leodora (Leo) from H. L. Burke’s Heart of the Curiosity
    I second Burke’s Niya from Spice Bringer

  12. Matthew Sampson/Dmitri Pendragon says:

    I nominate Brierly from Sarah E. Morin’s Waking Beauty and Abbagael Rivynfleur from Wayne Thomas Batson’s Dark Sea Annals/Myridian Constellation series.

    I second Shallan from the Starlight Archive and both Vin and Steris from Mistborn. And definitely Sairu as well!

    1. Rebekah Stargazer says:

      I second Abbagael Rivynfleur!

  13. RJ Conte says:

    I nominate Tiffany as well aa the Princess from Severed Veil by Bethany A. Jennings

  14. Azriel Thom says:

    I second Eilonwy, and I nominate:
    Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
    Ella from Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
    Aza from Fairest, Gail Carson Levine
    Miri from Princess Academy, Shannon Hale
    Annabeth from the Percy Jackson Series, Rick Riordan
    Snail from the Seelie Wars, Jane Yolen
    Gorse from Curse of the Thirteenth Fey, Jane Yolen
    Susan Pevensie
    Jill Pole from The Silver Chair
    Matilda, from Matilda, Roald Dahl

    1. Azriel Thom says:

      Oh, I forgot to mention that though Matilda is set in our world, and has pretty much no fantasy aspects, Matilda is able to move objects with her mind during a good portion of the book. I’m pretty sure the book would be classified as Magical Realism. Not sure if it qualifies or not.

    2. Addyson Huneke says:

      I second Meg, Ella, Aza, Miri, Annabeth, Susan, Jill, and Matilda.

    3. Madeline J. Rose says:

      I second Miri, Annabeth, and Ella!

    4. Grace T. says:

      Seconding Annabeth, Ella, and Jill.

  15. Christina Pankey says:

    I second the previously mentioned Eilonwy.

    Nominating Arya from the Inheritance Cycle.

  16. Beth Wangler says:

    I nominate:

    -Ailith from Hannah Heath’s “Sounds of Deceit”
    -Jayel from Hannah Heath’s “Flames of Courage”
    -Queen Gwen from Janelle Garrett’s “The Hidden Queen”
    -Anissa from E.B. Dawson’s “Lost Empire” trilogy

    1. Wyn Estelle says:

      I second Princess Buttercup!

  17. Bethany Fehr says:

    I nominate Heather Longtreader of the Ember Rising series.

    1. Iris Dontell. says:

      I second Heather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Maya says:

    I nominate Tanwen from The Story Raider, Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles, Eilonwy from the Chronicles of Prydain, Nasuada from the Inheritance Cycle, and Bonnie from Dragons in Our Midst.

    1. Iris Dontell. says:

      I second Tanwen, Bonnie and Nasuada!

    2. Hazel Dontell says:

      I second Tanwen and Bonnie.

  19. Gracie says:

    I nominate Hanako from The Dragon’s Flower by Wyn Estelle Owens

  20. Bethany Fehr says:

    I nominate Heather Longtreader from Ember Rising!

  21. Bethany Fehr says:

    Oops. I’m sorry. I didn’t realize it worked the first time.

    1. jlmbewe says:

      No worries! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Mary H. says:

    I nominate Eddis and Attolia from the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. (I wish it wasn’t such an obscure series, cause they are so epic, along with everything else in the series.)

    1. Wyn Estelle says:

      I second Eddis and Attolia! I love the Queen’s Thief!

  23. Morgan Huneke says:

    I second:

    And I nominate:
    Maddie and Evanlyn/Cassandra from Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
    Rosanna from Beyond the Tales by Tricia Mingerink
    Kale from DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul
    Koren from Dragons of Starlight by Bryan Davis
    Anidori (Isi) and Enna from The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

    1. Wyn Estelle says:

      I second Kale, Anidori (Isi) and Enna!

    2. Hazel Dontell says:

      I second Isi, Rosanna, Enna and Kale.

  24. Kiri Liz says:

    I second Eilonwy and Kyrin.

    I nominate:
    — Sara Cobbler from the Wingfeather Saga (Andrew Peterson)
    — Aravis from The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis)
    — Kale from The DragonKeeper Chronicles (Donita K. Paul)
    — Menolly from The Harper Hall Trilogy (Anne McCaffrey)
    — Sarene from Elantris (Brandon Sanderson)
    — Egwene Al’Vere from The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)

    1. Faith Thompson says:

      I heartily second Sara Cobbler! And Aravis.

      1. Madeline J. Rose says:

        Oops, never mind on Aravis! 😛

    2. Grace T. says:

      Seconding Sarene and Egwene for sure!

  25. Marlene Simonette says:

    I nominate:

    -Keeva from “Fairest Son” by Hannah Williams
    -Breen from “Mechanical Heart” by Sarah Pennington
    -Psyche from “Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis (this counts as fantasy, yes? Gods/magic and such?)
    -Gretta from “The Madman of Elkriahl and Other Fairy Tales” by Emmarayn Redding
    -Isolde from “Shiloh” by Helena Sorensen

    I also second my nominations (and shall likely think of more to nominate before the day is out). 😛

    1. Hannah says:


    2. 'Blue' says:

      Psyche? Oh, good nomination! I second Psyche!

    3. Sarah Pennington says:

      Ahhhh! Breen is astounded that she’s been nominated, and we both thank you muchly!

      Also, I second Keeva.

  26. Marlene Simonette says:

    Sooo I just came from another host for The Silmaril Awards, and the rules she has posted on her site say that we’re not allowed to second our own recs (but I haven’t read that on any of the other blogs so far; it’s been “nominate and second as many characters as you want”)?
    In which case, I apologize, but would like my recommendations to remain, and shall resubmit if necessary. 🙂

    1. jlmbewe says:

      Hi Marlene! No worries, I will not count your “seconds” of your own recs. And I will make sure to update the rules. Thanks!

  27. Kiri Liz says:

    And I just realized that Aravis won previously, so nix that nomination. Sorry, guys!

    1. jlmbewe says:

      No worries, I forgot to include it earlier!

  28. Anna says:

    I second:

    Alyss & Evanlyn/Cassandra (Ranger’s Apprentice)
    Vrell Sparrow (Blood of Kings)
    Cimorene (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
    Shallan (Stormlight Archive)
    Vin (Mistborn)
    Susan Pevensie & Jill Pole (Narnia)

    and nominate:

    Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
    Jasnah Kholin (Stormlight Archive)

  29. Marlene Simonette says:

    I feel like I’m spamming, but I have one more nomination. XD

    -Rowen from Morgan L. Busse’s Follower of the Word series

    1. jlmbewe says:

      haha, no worries! And Rowen is a good one!

    2. Iris Dontell. says:


  30. Karisa Totah says:

    Also (I’m ashamed I didn’t think to nominate these incredible ladies sooner…) I nominate Bonnie Silver and Ashley Stalworth from Bryan Davis’ Dragons in Our Midst series and Sapphira Adi from his Oracles of Fire series!!

  31. Wyn Estelle says:

    I nominate Zhu Baili from Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington!

    1. Rebekah Stargazer says:

      I second Baili! I really liked her. 🙂

  32. Beth Wangler says:

    I second:

    -Cordelia Beaumont
    -Selene Ravenwood
    -Amelia Crockett
    -Meg (from Crockett & Crane)
    -Jill Pole

    I add nominations for:

    -Ishtaka from “Vengeance Hunter”
    -Princess Irene from “The Princess and the Goblin”

      1. jlmbewe says:

        Thanks! But the nominations are closed now.

  33. Elise says:

    I nominate:
    Juliet from Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
    Sylvie from Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy)
    Cinderella from The League of Princes series by Christopher Healy

  34. Wyn Estelle says:

    I nominate Clara from Water Princess, Fire Prince and Robin from the Bookania series

  35. Rouge9 says:

    I second: Eilonwy, Sophie , Cordelia Beaumont, Alyss and Evanlyn from Rangers Apprentice, and Cimorene.

  36. Deborah O'Carroll says:

    WOW, I haven’t been here in awhile. So many good choices!

    I second:
    Amy Crockett
    Vrell Sparrow
    Meg from Crockett and Crane
    Nyssa Glass
    Baili from Blood in the Snow
    Leah from Common
    Isabelle (unless it’s actually Isabella? I don’t remember. XD) from Two Monarchies
    Leodora (Leo)
    Ella from Ella Enchanted
    Princess Buttercup
    Princess Irene

    1. Iris Dontell. says:

      I second Leetra!!!!!!!! I love Leetra!

  37. Sarahkey says:

    I second Bonnie Silver

    And I nominate Sapphira Adi from Oracles of Fire!

  38. BJ says:

    I nominate Kamarie from The Minstrel’s Song

    1. Nancy says:

      I second Kamarie from The Minstrel’s Song. 🙂

  39. Hazel Dontell says:

    I nominate Brandi Faythe from Blades of Acktar, and Kayleigh, too. And Morrigan Crow from Nevermoor, and Ela Roeh from Books of the Infinite. And Princess Ari from The Wish Granter. Also, I second Leetra and Rowen.

    1. Iris Dontell. says:

      I second Brandi, Kayleigh, and Ela!

  40. Katie padilla says:

    Harry crewe from the blue sword
    Ginny from paper crowns
    Psyche from till we have faces

    I nominate:
    Anqelique from apprentice of magic and curse of magic and the timeless fairy tale series by km shea
    Rakel from the snow queen series by km shea
    Gwendafyn from royal magic, by km shea
    All the female main characters from the timeless fairy tale series by km shea (there are thirteen of them, I love her books)
    Lady Linnea, from rumplestiltskin the timeless fairy tale series
    Zara, from shadow and thorn, by Kenley Davidson
    Persephone from the concord coalition, by kenley davidson
    Joelle from emissary by Thomas Locke…. I’ve just got too many favorite heroines to name, and not a good enough memory and the patience to list them all…

  41. Faith Thompson says:

    I nominate:
    -Kestra from Traitor’s Game
    -Sophie from Keeper of the Lost Cities
    -Varvare from Goldstone Wood

  42. Katie padilla says:

    I nominate laidra, from coiled by h.l. Burke.
    I second hermione, from Harry Potter

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