The Silmarillion Awards: Least Competent Henchman Nominations (CLOSED)

EDIT: Nominations now closed. Thanks, everyone! Voting will open soon!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards! I’m very excited to be participating in this fun blogging event, which gives you a chance to vote on your favorite fantasy book characters in a variety of categories. You can find out more about the Awards on Jenelle Schmidt’s website. Here’s a full list of the categories and their corresponding blogs:

Wisest Councillor Silmaril – Tracey @ Adventure Awaits

Silver Tongue Silmaril – Madeline @ Short and Snappy

Most Epic Hero Silmaril – Abbey @Regarding Reading and Writing

Strangest Character Silmaril – Savannah @Scattered Scribblings

Most Epic Heroine Silmaril – Deborah @Road of a Writer

Most Mischievous Imp Silmaril – Elise @Author E.E. Rawls

Most Magnificent Dragon Silmaril – DJ @DJ Edwardson

Most Loyal Friend Silmaril – Zac @Zachary Totah

Most Nefarious Villain Silmaril – Jenelle @Jenelle Schmidt

And last but not least, there’s my category, which is…

Least Competent Henchman Silmaril

Okay, so in a way, it kinda IS least. 😆 Oh well.

Let’s face it–good henchmen are hard to find these days. Just when you think you’ve got all the snags worked out of your evil plan, one of your minions forgets to lock the drawbridge, or blurts out some crucial piece of information to the hero, or improperly transcribes a spell so that you accidentally transform yourself into a cute little bunny rabbit instead of a mighty dragon.

This Silmaril is for henchman characters who royally screwed up in the execution of their nefarious duties, and will be presented by an infamous underling from The Lord of the Rings. Post your nominees in the comments below.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. These awards are for fantasy characters only. So no sci-fi characters, or anyone from other genres. That being said, given the hazy boundaries of speculative fiction, if you can make a case for an unusual nominee being eligible, go ahead and the awards committee will consider the submission.
  2. You can pick any fantasy book character EXCEPT for characters from your own works or any Tolkien characters (since they are considered the standard for these awards.)
  3. These are lifetime awards, so you can’t nominate last year’s winner…however, the Least Competent Henchman category is new this year, so you don’t have to worry about that issue in this case.
  4. There is no limit on how many characters a single person can nominate.
  5. You can’t second your own nominations, but you can second those of other commenters.
  6. Make sure you specify which book your nominee is from. And feel free to tell us your reason for nominating them, as well!
  7. Spread the word! Use the hashtag #SilmAwards2017 on social media to invite other people to join in the fun.

Also, there’s a giveaway for you to enter! If you didn’t win the Rafflecopter I ran last month, here’s your chance to try again. The prizes are a signed paperback copy of The Beast of Talesend, a custom notebook based on Beast’s cover design, and an ebook copy of Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There will also be a special Grand Prize giveaway during the Award Presentations week; stay tuned for further details on that! In the meantime, you can buy commemorative mugs and t-shirts for the Awards at these links:

Go to it! And if you’ve got any questions about the Awards, feel free to ask in the comments!

Comments (99)

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  2. Nate Philbrick July 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Can I pretty please nominate Kronk? The Emperor’s New Groove *is* fantasy, and it *does* exist in book format (with some amount of flexible interpretation of the term), and…Kronk!

  3. Madeline J. Rose July 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I nominate Fezzik from The Princess Bride!

  4. Deborah O'Carroll July 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Man, it is HARD to come up with people for this! o.o

    I nominate The Willing Warlock from Charmed Life (Chrestomanci) by Diana Wynne Jones.

  5. Rebekah / Stargazer July 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    (^ y’all funny. XD I understand Kronk not being allowed, but I think it’s so cool so many of us thought of him. XD)

    I nominate Brogg from Mossflower by Brian Jacques!

    And Stringle from Eulalia!, same author. Jacques could really do least-competent henchmen–er, beasts. 😉

    (Kyle why no least competent henchmen in BoTE??? 😉 More like Mindless-Creepy henchmen… ;P )

    • Kyle July 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      😆 This is true! There actually was a henchman in the original draft, but I cut him out to expand Whitlock’s role. He was very efficient, though, so that wouldn’t have worked anyway. 😂😂

    • Rogue9 July 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Second Brogg and Stringle

  6. Florid Sword July 3, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I nominate Mobrik from Wingfeather Saga.

  7. Rogue9 July 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I nominate Smee from Peter Pan.

  8. Emily Drown July 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    LeFou from Beauty and the Beast! all the way. xD

    • Christine July 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      I’m not sure LaFou counts…? Since he’s from the movies. A book version of him doesn’t actually exist. But I could be wrong on him counting or not. He would definitely be a great nomination. XD

      • Kyle July 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

        Hmm, this is true. He’s probably not eligible, given that Kronk isn’t (which I’m still tremendously bitter about by the way but never mind). 😆 Still, he would have been a great nominee.

  9. Deborah O'Carroll July 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I also nominate the Burley Men from the Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead. They’re classic henchmen! 😀 (And somewhat incompetent at times, fortunately. XD)

  10. Skye July 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I nominate Drawlight from Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norwell

  11. Jenelle Schmidt July 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I nominate Antorell from Dealing with Dragons! He’s quite incompetent, and always getting melted… not that it ever stops him from trying! 🙂

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  13. Florid Sword July 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I nominate Ginger from Archer’s Goon.

  14. Stephanie H. Warner July 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    *spoilers* but Tonk Fah from Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker. …He kept the cloak with Vivenna’s Breath, which ended up being used against him/Denth in the last battle. Silly Tonk Fah.

  15. Grace T. July 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Seconding Tonk Fah and Smee.
    Nominating Puzzle from The Last Battle, if I may. He was sort of a henchman but totally didn’t want to be, and ended up deserting Shift to side with Tirian (well, he was kidnapped by Jill but still).

  16. Angel July 6, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I really wish tv shows counted, because there were some terrible henchmen in He-man. In fact, Skeletor was just a terrible villian altogether….

    That said, I second Smee, and Fezzik. (and am also sad that Kronk doesn’t count, because he’s perfect for this award!)

    Also, because I cannot think of anything else (after 15 whole minutes!) If he counts, I shall like to nominate Wormtail from the Harry Potter series (which is mostly fantasy…)

    • Kyle July 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      LOL, I wish TV counted too…Once Upon a Time has a bumper crop of incompetent fantasy henchmen. XD Great nomination, BTW! I second Wormtail.

      • Tracey Dyck July 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

        Once Upon a Time! Yes, it DOES have a great list of henchman to choose from. (Felix and also the Evil Queen’s mirror are two that come to mind.) Too bad they don’t count. 🙂

        • Kyle July 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

          Those would be great! Fortunately, some of the failed henchmen from there do exist in written form–Smee, for example. XD He messes up in every medium.

  17. Abbey Stellingwerff July 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I second Fezzik, Wormtail, and Puzzle!

  18. Deborah O'Carroll July 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Dobby from Chamber of Secrets. XD

  19. Rogue9 July 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Seconding The Willing Warlock, Antorell, Ginger, and Puzzle.

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