They are crystallized beauty, and their fates are connected with kingly lines,
with the fate of the whole Arda. In January, our theme is Jewels. Thanks to
Tauriel for the suggestion!
From Ancient times wise men and healers have believed that jewels and gemstones
have mystical powers and conduct the energies of the ruling planets with which
each gemstone is associated. Many cultures from all over the world believe that
the energies of each gem has the power to influence a specific part of our
physical or emotional well being and focus the energies of the planet and sign
through the jewels and gemstones.
In Arda, the role of jewels is even greater. They shape history... What else is
the entire Silmarillion, than a tale shaped around the fate of the three
Silmarils, the most precious jewels that Arda has ever seen? Even in the Hobbit,
the Arkenstone is an important element of the plot. Let's face that: the history
of Middle-earth is shaped by jewellery. And while there is no stone on the One
Ring, each of the Three has its own stone. Several gems are also associated with
Aragorn: Ellesar, the green stone that already EÃ¤rendil wore, and the
white Elendilmir, symbol of the Kings of Arnor, the Evenstar from Arwen...
So many to choose from! Is the jewel concious of it's suroundings, can it
understand the feelings of its wearer? And what feelings does it awake in those
who see it? Maybe it's desire, maybe hope. You don't have to use a literal jewel
in your story/picture. Frodo is described as a jewel among Hobbits, and Aragorn
is called Elf-stone, does that qualify him as a jewel as well? That's for you to
The deadline for this challenge is January 25th.
For writers: send your stories to <firstname.lastname@example.org...>. As usual, the
contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicly until the results
of the challenge are announced. Aragorn and/or Legolas must be mentioned in the
For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired
at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge.
State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!
nautika, StarLight, and Mirach