"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."
- J.R.R. Tolkien
Though we have passed the summer solstice, it is still the season (in the Northern Hemisphere at least!) to consider Mid-Summer Night's Dreams. Dreams are so
potent, whether in the mundane world, or that of Tolkien, that it seemed fitting
to make "Dreams" our August Teitho Challenge theme.
For "Dreams" can be so rich! There can be aspirations, fervent hopes, goals
within dreams, or phantasmagorical fantasy and illusion. There can be figments
of imagination or potentially frightening visions. "Dreams" can just as easily be
nightmares, reliving old wounds or imagining the worst for the future. In the world of Tolkien, dreams hold also prophetic power.
Are Elven dream different from the dreams of Men? When running after the Orcs through the plains of Rohan, Legolas "could sleep, if sleep it
could be called by Men, resting his mind in the strange places of elvish dreams,
even as he walked open-eyed in the light of this world". What did he dream about? What about Faramir's returning dream about a great wave, or the dreams of hobbits in the house of Tom Bombadil?
We could find Aragorn dreaming of his coronation, or of his confrontation at the
Black Gate. We could hear of Legolas' dreams of sailing West when the strife
is finished. Dreams of children, of lovers, of loss, and of triumph.
We invite you to share your Middle Earth dreams.
And the winners are:
A Dawnless Day’s Dream by Itarille1 1st place
Awake! by Ragnelle 2nd place
Beneath a Midsummer Moon by Linda Hoyland 3rd place
Dreamers by Mirach 3rd place
Fever-dream by Archeress of Silverbow
Longing For Home by L8Bleumr
Reconciliation by metoochocolate
Solace in the Shadows by Rebecca Wilkin
Terrible Dream by WhiteGloves
The Vision of the Eagle by Darkover 2nd place
Marethiel, nautika, StarLight, and Mirach