Monday, July 10, 2017

Silmarillion Awards - Vote for the Wisest Counselor

Welcome back to the second phase of the 2017 Silmarillion Awards! Last week was a barrelful of fun* as your nominations came pouring in. So many worthy characters were named, so many marvelous fantasy novels were discussed. Are your TBR piles toppling over yet? Mine is definitely reaching its tipping point!


*A barrelful of dwarves, that is! . . . Ahem, that was supposed to be a vague Barrels out of Bond reference.


We've tallied up the nominations and seconds (and thirds and fourths and fifths and so on), and only the top five characters in each category have moved into the voting round. If you missed the first round of action, here's the infographic Deborah made:




As you can see, the voting period is open from today, July 10th, until Friday, July 14th. So be sure to make your way around to all the blogs to read about the top five contenders in each category. And there's another reason you'll want to visit everyone: there's an epic scavenger hunt taking place!


Each of the ten blogs will include the phrase of a poem somewhere in their posts. It's your job to gather all ten phrases (in the correct order!) and submit them in the voting form. Doing so will enter you into a giveaway for the Grand Prize! I don't know about you, but that map of Middle Earth, One Ring, and copy of Aratar, Peredhil, and Halflings, Oh My! look delightful.

This is your first stop along the scavenger hunt, and here is the phrase you'll want to write down:

Three great jewels (though for our purposes, ten)


Then click on the text to head to your second stop.

While we're talking about giveaways, congratulations to Athelas H. for winning the one hosted here during the nomination phase! You've won a paperback copy of Alora: The Wander Jewel by Tamie Dearen and e-book copies of Evangeline, Eun Na and the Phantom, and Foxtails by Erica Laurie. Athelas, the email address you submitted in the Rafflecopter didn't work, so please send Jenelle an email at Jenelle.L.Schmidt [at] gmail [dot] com. She'll make sure your prize gets to you!

All right! Now to the moment you've all been scrolling down for! Drumroll, please . . .

The top five nominations for the Wisest Counselor Silmaril are:


Puddleglum from The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis: This gloomy Marsh-Wiggle may expect the worst in any given situation, but he's actually more cheerful than his pessimistic kin. His common sense and steadfast presence keep his young friends on track even in the darkest of times. A bit of a "wet blanket," he is nevertheless prepared for rain and ruin. Which, when you're on a quest of great import, is a good quality to have.

Professor Hamilton from Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis: A man of stalwart faith and honorable lineage, this teacher is a mentor in every sense of the word. His sound advice provides a staying anchor and a guiding rudder for those under his care, even going so far as to affect their eternities. Not only does he offer wisdom, but he is a living example of those unshakeable convictions in action. His friends would do well to follow in his footsteps.

Prince of Farthestshore (a.k.a. Aethelbald) from Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl: Kind. Strong. Faithful. True. Those are just a few words to describe Prince Aethelbald. He is relentless in his pursuit of those he loves. He doesn't look the part of a Prince Charming, but there is far more to him than what meets the eye. And while you may not always want to hear what he has to say, it never fails to be exactly what you need.

Beana from Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl: Beana isn't who you would expect to be a voice of wisom. In fact, she's a stubborn goat. (Though she may also be something more.) But her stouthearted courage, foresight, and protectiveness are precisely the traits a wise counselor needs. Being centuries old doesn't hurt, either. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on or a bit of tough love, Beana will be there.

Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Albus Dumbledore is quite possibly the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen. If he plays his cards close to the vest, it is only because he loves the young people in his charge and would spare them pain if he could. A bit eccentric and secretive, Dumbledore is definitely someone you want on your side, whether you need a powerful wizard or some kind words of encouragement.



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Whew! That's quite the impressive list from which to pick! Who will you vote for? (Be sure to hit submit when you're done.) And don't forget to click on the first line of that poem and embark on that scavenger hunt!

Feel free to discuss everything in the comments! Which characters you're torn between (all of them, right?), who you end up voting for and why, and whether you'll cast the One Ring into the fire if you win it.


19 comments :

  1. "and whether you'll cast the One Ring into the fire if you win it" <--- I LOST IT AT THIS. XDDD *laughing so hard*

    Oh my goodness, it's going to be SO HARD to choose, on all of these. How will we survive? :O Ahem. It's going to be fun though. XD

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    1. I mean, I don't know if *I* would cast it in the fire... my precioussssss... XDDD

      I know! In almost EVERY category, I'm so torn! I shan't survive. These characters will pull me into pieces. XD

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    2. I think I survived better than most, because I haven't read several of the famous books everyone else has. XD It was still hard though. o.o Maybe by next year I'll have read them and have as hard of a time as everyone else. XD

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    3. Good for you! I think. XD

      I know that once I read the Wingfeather Saga, the Ilyon Chronicles, the Prydain Chronicles (I think that's what they're called?), and Harry Potter, I DEFINITELY will have a hard time!

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  2. I'm really glad that there are characters in the running I haven't read yet... because choosing between the ones I am already familiar with is hard enough! Sheesh!

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    1. Me too! In this category, though, Dumbledore is the only one I don't know. Can't I just pick them all?? XD

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  3. I had a hard time choosing! My TBR has already collapsed on top of me this year.

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    1. I haven't voted yet, but it's going to be tough! LOL, my TBR long since stopped being a pile and has become an ocean.

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    2. "my TBR long since stopped being a pile and has become an ocean." <--I think I need to steal that phrase. XDDD

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    3. Hahaha, go for it! Put it on a t-shirt, whatever! ;D

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  4. Uuuuggggh. How on earth am I going to choooose???? I haven't read the Harry Potter books yet, but otherwise I adore ALL the other candidates! D: Each and every one has a special place in my heart. Man, voting (in all the categories!) is going to be so difficult. *sets thinking cap on*

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    1. I don't knooooow!!!! D: I'm the same--I adore them all except Dumbledore, but I'd probably like him too if I'd read the books! There's a LOT of difficult choices among the categories this year. I guess it was hard last year too, but still... *wails* XD

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  5. I know exactly who I'm voting for. The Prince of Aethelbald will ALWAYS get my vote, though I do love Professor Hamilton.

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    1. Huzzah for Aethelbald!!! :D *whispers* He and Prof are vying for my vote! (Beana and Puddleglum are fantastic too, though, so it's hard.)

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  6. How dare they tear me between Toothless and Makaidos!

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    1. How dare they, indeed! Good luck choosing! ;)

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  7. Hmmm... I think I know who I want to pick for this category... and yet... Maybe I'll throw MYSELF in the fire along with the ring so that I won't have to choose!

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    1. I'll jump in after you! XD I just finished voting, and it was so hardddd... Which is kind of the point, I think. ;)

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