I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been
-J.R.R.Tolkien: The Fellowship of the Ring
As the year nears its end and days are getting cold and nights long, it is time for reminiscence. That's why our December theme is Memories.
Memories are a very important part of life, connecting our past with the present. What becomes a lasting memory and what gets forgotten is sometimes unpredictable, but most often the strongest and most unusual experiences are what we remember longest. But also some that we thought long gone might be evoked by the situation - a word or a smell can be enough for that.
Memories of the past can influence the present feelings and actions. A dark memory can be traumatic to deal with even after a long time, but a bright memory can give a reason and strength to go on even in darkness and despair.
But what about memory loss? Whether by a sudden amnesia or by old age, losing memories can be much more grave than losing anything material. Even worse when you know you have lost something, but do not know what it was.
Keepsakes are another topic connected with memories - they can be heirlooms or things bound to treasured moments in life: a ring (not the One!), a locket, a string of hair... Their value is much bigger than the material one. But there is the danger of their value surpassing the importance of the present moment to their keeper. And just like clinging to keepsakes, living in memories and neglecting the here and now is also dangerous. Finding the right balance can be difficult sometimes. But I hope it won't be difficult to think of a story or picture for this theme: there are many interesting thoughts and topics you can explore here.
The deadline for this challenge is December 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! (Note: in both cases the posting of stories may be delayed due to limited internet access during holidays. I apologize for the inconvenience.)
For writers: send your stories to email@example.com mailto: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 http://arda-inspired.deviantart.com/ 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!