The theme for August is Bonds. It's a little different formulation of the "Relationships" challenge, which was a suggestion of Harlindon.
So, why? Because bonds are relationships: those invible bonds between people, connecting them by the same blood, by friendship or by love. Those bonds can be even forged by force, like the power of the rings binding Sauron's nine servants. There can even be a bond between enemies, created by their obsession to defeat each other. But they can also be the literal bonds, preventing movement: ropes or shackles. Sometimes even a relationship can feel like those shackles.
So where is the line between bonds and freedom? With those literal bonds it's easy, but one can also be bound by honour or duty. And bonds with loved ones can strengten one's will, but also weaken it in a critical moment. One can react very differently to danger when it's not him, but a loved one who is threatened. It is a very broad topic, and you can use it in any way or meaning for Aragorn or Legolas.
And the winners are:
An Inadvertent Matchmaker by Gill
Eryn Lasgalen by EragonSaphiraRider
I Am Fine by LegolasLover2003
I Fear Lightning No More by Badass Archer Daughter
I Will Not Fade by Kiara Kay
In My Father's House by Tanis 2nd place
The Last Green Leaf by Cassie Hughes
The Ties that Bind by Linda Hoyland
Though All the World Is Changed by Levade 3rd place
Winter's balm by Sian 1st place
This month's pictures:
Legolas and Gimli in Valinor by BethannNg
Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!