If you are at least a little familiar with the Silmarillion, you can find many recurring topics in the Lord of the Rings. The love of Aragorn and Arwen mirrors the story of Beren and Lúthien, and in the place of the first Dark Lord - Morgoth, Sauron rises to try to conquer Middle-earth for darkness again. Sometimes the story is the same, only the characters and circumstances change. Sometimes the characters find themselves in the same situation, but there is a small difference, that changes the outcome of the whole story: given the chance, Isildur kept the Ring. Aragorn, his heir, didn't. There are also characters that stay, while the history passes around them. Is Glorfinder of Rivendell the same as Glorfindel of Gondolin? Maybe the balrog of Moria is one of those that long ago attacked Gondolin, as well.
You don't have to use a story from the old lore - you can create your own, and put the characters into a situation they or their ancestors have already been in before, with the same or a different outcome. And although history repeats itself, I know that your story or picture will be original!
The deadline for this challenge is February 25th.
For writers: send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. As usually, the contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn and/or Legolas must be mentioned in the story.
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