Survey & Joker theme

Fear

Hunt

Five Senses

picture challenge

Ideas

Misunderstandings

Habits

Trust

Walls

Originals and Copies

Resolutions

Doors

Sacrifice

Sky

Birthdays

Oaths

Brothers

Pain

Anonymity

Waiting

Life and Death

First

Escape

Memories

Creatures

Stones

Knowledge

Directions

Opposites

Circles

Money

Raiment

Sickness

Out of Place

Unexpected Adventure

Endings

Beginnings

Alphabet Story

Weather

Bonds

Betrayal and Forgiveness

No Time

Yes, I do

Mystery

Mmmmmmmm...

Temptation

Shadow

Holidays

Letters

Smile

Magic

Mountains

Dialogue

Weapons

Capture

Smells

Promises

History Repeating Itself

Jewels

Last Words

Seed

Around the Fireside

Moments of Transition

First Meetings

Stars

Languages

Heirlooms

Candles

Stories and Pictures

In the Name of Love

Animals of Middle-earth

Alcohol

Numbers

Music

Colours of Middle-earth

Dreams

Trees

Father and Son

Names

One Voice

Anniversaries

Heart Break

Resolutions

Losers Weepers

Finders Keepers

Devil's Advocate

Falls

Journeys

Five Ingredients - Your Recipe

The Student Surpasses the Teacher

Mothers

Pranks

Return of the Light

Trading Places

The Price of Freedom

Giving Gifts, Receiving Gifts

Bad Habits

Weird Tales

Crossroads

Elven Realms

Competitions

Strange Encounter

Crime and Punishment

"When I Was Your Age...!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Excuses

Leavetaking

Once Upon A Time

Disguises

Healing

Love

Growing Up

Twenty-Four

Dark Places

Friend or Foe

Well-laid Plans

The Sea, The Sea

Good and Evil

The Four Elements

As Time Goes By

Childhood Fears

Whodunit

Me, Myself and I

Skills

Maidens of Middle Earth

Crossing Borders

On Location

Home is Where the Heart is

A Glimpse of the Future

That's a First

Hobbits

Secrets

Unlikely Heroes

The O. C.

Lest we Forget

Proverbs

Choices

Friendship

If I could turn back Time

Wanderlust

First Sentence

Things to be Thankful for

White Lie

Winter Wonderland

Rituals and Festivities

Boo!

Happiness/Unhappiness

Family

Drabbles

What If ...?

One Title: Your Story

A Fairy Tale, Middle-Earth style

Games People Play

Friends in Small Places

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 impredictable, 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.

And the winners are:

Crashing the White Council Meeting by Jessica Kleeberger
Donít take any unnecessary risks by Areli
ďIf I Am Not Mistaken...Ē by LegolasLover2003
Like Sunlight on the Grass by Jedi Sapphire 3rd place
Of Myth and Memory by Karri Neves
RÓn by Cassie Hughes
Shadow and Flame by quodamat 2nd place
The Bleak Midwinter by ShadowTravel
The Circlet by My blue rose
The Heartís Lament by Emma Killey 1st place
The Lights of MettarŽ by Linda Hoyland
The magic of elves by sehellys
The Memories Left Behind by Wanderer of Realms
The Second Son by TolkienScribe

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach



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