Our theme for June is Circles. Thanks to Cassie Hughes for the suggestion!
We can go round in circles, either mentally, trying to work out a problem or physically like Sam and Frodo getting lost in Mordor. Other things can go round in circles as well, especially strories - like the echoes of Beren and Luthien in Aragorn and Arwen, but also different fads and fashions, until they come full circle, because the wheel of fate is turning...
There are indeed many metaphorical uses for a circle, but it can also be a regular, physical object - stone circles or crop circles (with a hint of mystery), people dancing in circles... A circle can also mean a selected group of people, the "inner circle" of advisors or close friends. It can be a symbol of solidarity and equality, like the round table of Arthurian knights.
Middle-earth has also its own circle terminology: when men die they go 'beyond the Circles of the World'. Not to mention that rings are, of course, also circles.
As you can see, you can choose from many meanings the one that fits best for your story or picture. In this topic, there are no corners to hide behind from plot bunnies!
And the winners are:
Allís Fair... by Cassie Hughes
Circles of the City by Linda Hoyland
Eye of the Storm by Telemachus 2nd place
In Darkness Bound by My Blue Rose 3rd place
Making your own Entertainment by Palanotar
Seed and Stone by Rivergift 1st place
The Circle of Life by Rebecca Wilkin 2nd place
Troublesome Horse by WoodElfJedi
Troublesome Ring by Gemstarzah
Until the World Fade Away... by Wynja2007 3rd place
Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!