A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
J.R.R.Tolkien: The Fellowship of the Ring
Our theme for October is hard, but not hard to write about, I hope. The theme is Stones.
You can find rocks and stones almost anywhere you go in Middle-earth. From a little pebble to giant boulders, they come in many shapes and sizes. They create mountains and valleys, lie in streams or under the soil, offer building material for many kinds of buildings and mark important places.
Gondor means literally "land of stone", and there are also many individual stones worth a mention: the Stone of Erech, the standing stones in Barrow-downs, Durin's Stone at Mirrormere... Statues like those of Argonath or the king at the crossroads in Ithilien are made of stone as well. Even the jewels can be considered as stones, and there are many famous ones: the Silmarils, the Arkenstone, the Star of Elendil... Aragorn himself was called Elfstone because of the green jewel Elessar he bore on his breast, and so you can even write about this name instead of an actual stone in your story.
Stone is the most lasting of materials and when something is set in stone, it is firmly given. You can explore this metaphorical meaning of the theme, but also write about the creartures that are deeply connected with stone - the Dwarves were created from it, and live in a close connection with it, and the trolls even turn to stone when exposed to the rays of sun. Then there are the Stone-giants whose idea of a game is hurling stones at each other - it seems that stones do not have to be as lifeless as it looks at first sight!
The deadline for this challenge is October 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 publicaly 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!