Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:18 am (PST) . Posted by: mirach_ravaia
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Let us think about some big questions in March: the theme for this month's Teitho challenge is Life and Death.
What's the meaning of life? Who deserves death? What would one be willing to sacrifice their own life for? If saving one life means sacrificing others, what is the right choice? - Those are just a few of those question that the characters in your story may be faced with. There is no right or wrong answers to them, but there may be situations when one has to decide for his own answer, and we would like to see these situations in this month's stories.
In Middle-earth, the answer can depend on race as well. Immortal Elves can view these topics differently than Mortals, and have different priorities. What happens after death is also one of such questions, and so you can set your story or picture "on the other side": in the Halls of Mandos, or even behind the Circles of the World, where the souls of Men go.
Sometimes life and death are separated with a very thin line. You can write about these situations as well - the experiences on the border of life and death, or about those who can bring death or life to others - warriors and healers. How does it feel to take a life with a sword? And how does it feel to hold a newborn child? You can explore these feelings in the story. (In real, let us hope to explore only the second one!). Or write about anything you can think of, connected with death and life, as these are literally some of the biggest topics in the world, that everyone experiences, containing birth, death and everything in between.
The deadline for this challenge is March 25th (Gondorian New Year!), 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 mailto:email@example.com. 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 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!
P.S. March is the "Back to Middle-earth Month" http://b2mem.livejournal.com/338310.html, organized by b2mem http://b2mem.livejournal.com on LiveJournal again!