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[personal profile] dreamflower
(Continuation of my "Concerning the Shire" series of backstory.)

B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple path; Square 4, Wild Card--"Complete any prompt from the Orange path" (non-fiction). I chose Worldbuilding.
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: Hobbits
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional): This essay is basically backstory I have constructed for my version of the Shire, concentrating on a few aspects of Shire society, and some explanation for how I came up with that backstory.
Nearly all quoted references in this section are either from the Prologue of LotR, or from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Letter #214 or Letter #153. I hope to later footnote this more thoroughly.
Summary: Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine.

Concerning the Shire, Part Four: Law and The Legal System
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[personal profile] dreamflower
Continuing the "Concerning the Shire" entries from B2MeM March '17.

B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple path; Square 4, Wild Card--"Complete any prompt from the Orange path" (non-fiction). I chose Worldbuilding.
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: Hobbits
Pairings: n/aCreator’s Notes (optional): This essay is basically backstory I have constructed for my version of the Shire, concentrating on a few aspects of Shire society, and some explanation for how I came up with that backstory. I hope to later footnote this more thoroughly.
This section is more fanon and RL history than anything told us, so consider this as some wild speculation.
Summary: Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine.

Concerning the Shire, Part Three: Occupations, Business and Trade
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[identity profile] engarian.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path:Personal Essay, Orange
Format:Essay
Genre:Narrative
Rating:PG
Warnings:Mention of death, murder, war, etc.
Characters:Fëanor and supplementary characters from the House of Finwë
Pairings:Various
Creator’s Notes:Tolkien provided the sandbox, I merely play with the bucket and shovel he left behind. No profit of any kind is made from my fanworks.
Summary:What is it about my favorite Bad Boy that made so many people follow him into disaster, committing acts they never would have dreamed of before? An irreverent examination of Fëanor and his history.

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[personal profile] dreamflower
And with this, I now complete my journey on the Purple Path! (However, I do intend to continue my "Concerning Hobbits" entries over time.)

B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple Path; Prompt--“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” John Steinbeck
Format: Essay
Genre: Opinion
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: n/a
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional):
Summary:

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[identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Orange Path, Multimedia
Format: Mixed Media, Essay
Genre: Meta, Fanmix
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Characters: Maglor
Pairings: None
Creator Notes: Could we get a new tag for genre: fanmix?
Summary: A spirited defence of fanmixes exploring the value they bring to the fandom, plus a new fanmix!

In Defence of Fanmixes )

Legends & Cloudy Dreams: A fanmix for Maglor )
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[personal profile] dawn_felagund
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Meta on Fandom and Multimedia (orange/nonfiction path)
Format: essay
Genre: nonfiction/meta
Rating: General
Warnings: n/a
Characters: n/a
Pairings: n/a
Summary: A look at Tolkien Fan Fiction Survey data on who leaves feedback and how often, and how many readers wish they did more.

Review Plz? Feedback Behavior in the Tolkien Fanfic Community )
[identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Orange Path, Compile a list of sources on a specific topic
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction, Meta
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Characters: Beren, Luthien, Túrin, Niënor, Húrin, Aragorn, Sam, Frodo, etc
Pairings: mainly Beren/Luthien and Túrin/Niënor
Summary: A compilation of all the kisses in The Lord of the Rings (LOTR), The Silmarillion (Silm), the History of Middle-earth series (HOME) and Unfinished Tales (UT).

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[identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Orange Path, Personal Essay
Format: Essay
Genre: Meta
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Characters: N/A
Pairings: N/A
Summary: I discuss my personal history in Tolkien fandom and hint at what the future holds.

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B2MeM Prompt and Path: Orange Path, Act of Kindness
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Characters: none
Pairings: n/A
Creator’s Notes: Originally posted at my Tumblr yesterday.
Summary: As an Act of Kindness, I did some stuff on Fanlore.

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[personal profile] dawn_felagund
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Personal Essay (orange/nonfiction path)
Format: essay/meta
Genre: nonfiction
Rating: General
Warnings: This is a personal essay, so it veers a little deeper into my personal politics than I generally do in my fannish work.
Characters: Valar, Fëanorians
Pairings: n/a
Summary: For years, I've been bothered by the hoarding of light by the Valar behind the Pelori and, eventually, by Fëanor into the Silmarils. In this essay, I consider how the turn taken in current politics reflects some of the same tendencies.

Mountains between the Light and the World: On Walls and Greed and the Privilege of Isolation )
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[personal profile] dreamflower
Continuing my Wild card--

Warnings: n/a
Characters: Hobbits
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional): This essay is basically backstory I have constructed for my version of the Shire, concentrating on a few aspects of Shire society, and some explanation for how I came up with that backstory.
These speculations and conclusions in Part Two are pretty much based on two quotations cited in LotR, and quoted in the body of this section of the essay, so this part is not as well documented as the previous part.
Summary: Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine.

Read more... )
[identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Analyse a chapter or passage, Orange Path
Format: Essay
Genre: Meta
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Characters: Barrow-wight, Morgoth, Tom Bombadil, Finrod Felagund
Pairings: none
Creator’s Notes (optional): This is also written for this week's silmread chapter of LOTR.
Summary: Morgoth's vision of the end of the world (as expounded by the Barrow-wight) is contrasted with Tom Bombadil's and Finrod Felagund's vision of Arda Remade.

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[personal profile] dreamflower
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple path; Square 4, Wild Card--"Complete any prompt from the Orange path" (non-fiction). I chose Worldbuilding.
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: Hobbits
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional): This essay is basically backstory I have constructed for my version of the Shire, concentrating on a few aspects of Shire society, and some explanation for how I came up with that backstory.
Nearly all quoted references in this section are either from the Prologue of LotR, or from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien's Letter #214. I hope to later footnote this more thoroughly.
Summary: Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine.

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[personal profile] dawn_felagund
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Analyze a Chapter or Passage (orange path)
Format: essay
Genre: meta/nonfiction
Rating: General
Warnings: There is discussion of violence and character death, but nothing that exceeds what is in The Silmarillion itself.
Characters: Fëanor, Fingolfin, Pengolodh
Pairings: n/a
Summary: The death scenes of Fëanor and Fingolfin parallel each other closely in plot, beginning with the rash pursuit of single combat with Morgoth. Yet the manner in which the narrator of The Silmarillion, Pengolodh, employs language and symbolism leads to two very different conclusions that likely served to advance Pengolodh's political and personal agenda.

The Deaths of Kings: Historical Bias in the Death Scenes of Fëanor and Fingolfin )
[identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Worldbuilding, Orange Path
Format: Meta
Genre: Essay
Rating: G
Warnings: Nothing that isn't in canon, pretty much
Characters: N/A
Pairings: N/A
Creator’s Notes: I've been thinking about this bit of meta for some time, after a discussion on FFA in which I was lamenting Tolkien's vagueness around food, trade, and what diplomatic relations might have been like in the First Age. And this essay is dedicated to the nonnie who was also interested in the subject!
Summary: My thoughts on what the regions of First Age Beleriand might have had for food, and what they might have traded with each other.

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[personal profile] dawn_felagund
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Worldbuilding (orange/nonfiction path)
Format: essay
Genre: meta/nonfiction
Rating: General
Warnings: none
Characters: House of Finwë, Valar
Pairings: none
Summary: Fantasy writers, including creators of Tolkien-based fanworks, have long struggled to depict the "otherness" of realms like Aman. In the past, the Tolkien fan fiction community showed a preference for an idealistic portrayal of Aman that left little room for imperfection. My work has long taken the opposite approach, and in this essay, I argue for the artistic need and canonical basis for grounding stories set in Aman in a more recognizable reality of human experience.

On Writing Aman, or the Balance between the Mythic and the Real )
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[personal profile] dreamflower
B2mem temp

(I will not be posting the scavenger hunt quote results with my entries; since I participated in creating the prompts it would not be fair.)

B2MeM Challenge: March 28
Format: Essay
Genre: Meta
Rating: G
Warnings: stretching logic
Character(s): Frodo Baggins
Summary: What is the evidence that Frodo's status was elevated at the end of the story?
Theme: W: Wisdom

Was Frodo Baggins One of "The Wise"?
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[identity profile] morganlyfe.livejournal.com
B2MeM Challenge: Wildcard (Athelas)
Format: Non-Fiction
Genre: personal essay, autobiographical
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Characters: Me, Frodo, Bilbo
Pairings: None
Summary: My childhood in a family of Tolkien admirers

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[identity profile] shadowbrides.livejournal.com
B2MeM Challenge: Wildcard (Athelas)
Format: Non-Fiction
Genre: autobiographical
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Characters: Me, lots of dead elves, semi-sentient music.
Pairings: Silmarillion/Me
Summary: I didn't start with the Lord of the Rings or even the Hobbit; the music in everything was what seduced me, and the sadness.

Unlike saner people, I picked up the Silmarillion first.I tried to play a tree into being )
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[personal profile] independence1776
B2MeM Challenge: Wildcard (Athelas)
Format: Non-Fiction
Genre: Autobiographical
Rating: General
Warnings: None
Characters: Frodo, me, the books
Pairings: None
Summary: I thought Frodo would die.

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[identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
B2MeM Challenge: Wildcard (Athelas)
Format: Non-Fiction
Genre: meta, autobiographical
Word Count: 725
Rating: General
Warnings: Discussion of depression, suicidal thoughts
Characters: Samwise Gamgee
Pairings: None
Summary: A passage in The Lord of the Rings that didn't just grab my heart - it saved my life.

from The Choices of Master Samwise )

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