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

Last month we challenged you to write about those who have found something. Some things cannot be found until an individual realizes it has first been lost, and so the saying goes, “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers.” This is why our theme for December is the second part of this saying, “Losers Weepers”.

There are many objects whose loss could affect our heroes. What would Aragorn do if he lost the Ring of Barahir or the shards of Narsil, thus giving the Enemy an opportunity to discover his identity? And what would it mean to Legolas to lose his beloved bow or his knives, especially when a battle is approaching? And how would it affect everyone if a messenger lost an important letter?

One could also lose a loved one. How did Aragorn take the loss of his mother, Boromir, Halbarad? Did he even remember the loss of his father? Did Legolas lose someone, friends or relatives, to the forces of darkness haunting his home woods? And how did he accept the deaths of all of his mortal friends after the War of the Ring? What did it mean to Elrond to lose his daughter to mortal fate and how did it affect his relationship with Aragorn? And what did it mean to Arwen to lose her own immortality and did she ever regret the choice?

And perhaps the ultimate loss could be that of faith. What would the impact of Frodo losing faith have had on the quest of the Fellowship? If Aragorn had lost faith in Arwen’s love, how different would the story have looked?

One can lose anything – a battle, an argument, a friend’s trust, confidence, hope, a limb, or perhaps someone can lose their memory after an accident. Your options are numerous, as long as you include Aragorn and/or Legolas in the story. They do not need to be the main characters, but at least one of them should be mentioned.

Special thanks to Megan for suggesting a "Lost and Found" theme, which inspired both this and last month's challenge.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all:

Kingdom of Ashes by Linda Hoyland 2nd place
Lament of the Land by Eärillë 3rd place
Losing Something Precious by Fiondil 1st place
Navaer, Namarie Gimli by Archeress of Silverbow


Happy reading!

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



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