East and West, South and North are some of the most important directions, if you have a compass with you. But you do not need a compass to know that in Middle-earth, these are not just simple cardinal points, but also have a deeper, symbolic meaning. East is the direction to Mordor, and despite of the rising sun, it is a synonym of evil:
‘You left the East Wind to me,’ said Gimli, ‘but I will say naught of it.’ ‘That is as it should be,’ said Aragorn. ‘In Minas Tirith they endure the East Wind, but they do not ask it for tidings.
West, on the other hand, is where the Powers dwell in their beautiful land, and where the Elven ships sail to not return, the symbol of something good and pure. This is often reflected in the story, like the name of Aragorn's sword - Andúril, Flame of the West.
The cardinal points are not the only directions, though. Forwards and backwards, left and right - these are the directions that are relative to the viewer. It is the summary of Bilbo's journey from his own point of view: "there and back again". But these directions don't have to be only limited to space - backwards and forwards can also indicate moving in time, the progress and decay of civilisation or individual, dwellling on the past or looking forwards to the present.
Directions can also be any instructions or orders, describing the way or actions that someone should take. Asking for them can be connected with getting lost, which is a fact that's sometimes hard to admit (especially to a ranger). And not always the given directions help, as I'm sure many of you have had the chance to find out while arguing with a GPS.
And if you need any directions about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, you can check our rules page!
The deadline for this challenge is August 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!
For writers: send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them 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!