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
Marethiel, nautika, StarLight, and Valante