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

For the month of July, we have a delicious recipe for you to prepare. The ingredients are all listed below, but how you mix-n-spice them is completely up to you. Remember, all great chefs manage to make recipes their own by adding their personal touch and flavor. This month, let's see what you can cook up for our insatiable Aragorn/Legolas appetites!

The five ingridients are:

  • Lame horse
  • Knocked-over candle
  • Person with a disability
  • Missing toy
  • Broken musical instrument

Each item on the list must appear in your story at least once, either physically or in dialogue. You don't have to use the exact same wording as we did. For example, your story can contain a limping mare, a knocked-over taper, a one-armed veteran of war, someone's lost plush dragon, and a smashed mandolin. We've tried to make the list specific enough to be challenging, but not too restrictive as to choke your imagination. (Hope that worked!)

There are many ways to go about this challenge, but if you need a hand in tickling your muse, here's a hint. You'll notice that all the items on the list have qualifiers; something happened to them. What was it? How did it come to pass? For example, to whom does the toy belong, and how did it go missing? What might befall a lame horse in Middle Earth? How will it affect our favorite characters? Ask yourself these questions, and you'll have an interesting story brewing in no time . . .

Legolas and Aragorn donít have to be the main characters, but they must be mentioned. Also, keep in mind that in this contest, writers remain anonymous until we announce the winners. Please avoid any comments or recognitions that might give away your identity. Many readers are very good at guessing, but we want to make them work for it, right?

Special thanks to Beth and Ro, whose suggestions inspired this theme!

And here are the winners:


Broken by Fiondil 1st place

Unseen, Unheard, Not Forgotten by Windsurfbabe 3rd place

Where No Birds Sing by Linda Hoyland 2nd place

While the Candles Burn by Virtuella 3rd place

Your Teitho-moderators,
Marethiel, nautika, StarLight, and Valante



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