UPDATE: Nominations are now closed! Thanks for your great choices, everyone!
That got away from me. Let’s try again.
It’s time…for the 2018 Silmaril Awards!
Yes, the ever-popular blog event is back (with a slightly tweaked name), and once again, my fellow bloggers and I are calling on YOU to nominate your favorite fictional characters for a variety of award categories. (You can read more about the awards on the brand new official website!)
Last year, I was assigned the Least Competent Henchman category. The award ceremony went off without a hitch. Absolutely no problems whatsoever.
Anyway, here are some very important rules about who you can nominate. Failure to comply with these rules will result in unstable rifts in the multiverse, so don’t blame me if you end up getting kissed by a Dementor or something.
Here, then, are the official rules, as written by Galadriel herself* centuries ago.
*OK, maybe not, but they’re still important, so pay attention.
RULE THE FIRSTETH: Verily and forsooth, authors canst not nominate their own characters. Ye slingers of ink are, however, welcome—nay, encouragedeth—to telleth thine fans about the awards.
RULE THE SECONDETH: Mark ye well—only characters from FANTASY BOOKS canst be nominated for awards! [Kronk’s unauthorized intrusion upon last year’s Henchman ceremony notwithstandingeth.] Those characters who haileth from the silver screen art not eligible, unlesseth the BOOK came FIRST, before dark and forbidden sorcery was used to transmuteth it into a “movie”.
ADDENDUMETH TO RULE THE SECONDETH: Verily, we doth alloweth some lee-way as doth regard the blurry line between fantasy and science fiction. If thou canst make a meritorious argument for whysoever a book which doth technicallyeth be science fiction counteth as fantasy, thine nomination may yet be eligible.
RULE THE THIRDETH: Characters who hath wonneth a Silmaril before, in ye olden days of yore and auld lang syne, doth be part of the “lifetime” Hall of Fame for aforementionedeth award and shalt not be nominated for an award they hast already wonneth. Also, characters who hast been created by J.R.R. Tolkien, the One Fantasy Author to Rule Them All, doth be archetypes of all the categories and art therefore not eligible for nominations.
RULE THE FOURTHETH: Whosomever shalt violateth these rules shalt be devouredeth by a balrog, eftsoons and right speedily. Eth.
Iffeth *AHEM* If you have any questions about these rules or about a potential nomination, give me a shout-out in the comments! I will be happy to pass it on to The Powers That Be.
As for the category, this year, I will be managing the award for…
THE MOST NEFARIOUS VILLAIN!
YES! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *EVIL THUNDER* REJOICE WITH ME, MY EVIL MINIONS! ALL SHALL LOVE ME AND DESPAIR!
(Just to be clear, my role as Master of Ceremonies sadly prevents me from being personally eligible for this award.)
So, who do you think is the Most Nefarious Villain in fantasy fiction? Based on the rules above, enter your nominations in the comments! Once we’ve gathered enough names, I will follow up with a voting post on September 10th.
Nominations close on September 7 at midnight, so get yours in now!
Here are links to the other participating blogs so you can nominate characters for the rest of the categories:
Thanks for participating in the Silmarillion Awards! MWAHAHAHAHAHA cough cough cough What do you mean, “mad with power”? I’m fine!