Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
- J.R.R.Tolkien: Mythopoeia
The fields are turning gold with corn, and meadows are colourful with flowers. Soon the trees will turn their leaves gold and red and brown as well, so what would be a better theme for September than the Colours of Middle-earth? Thanks to Chen for the suggestion!
Red is the colour of blood, green are the forests, blue is the Sea. Every colour has a symbolic meaning, and can evoke a feeling as well. Red is connected with passion, green with calm. Blue is the symbolic colour of fidelity. Then there are the opposite ends of the spectrum - the black and the white, darkness and light. The contrast between these two is the moving force of tales, and the deeper the darkness, the more clearly the light shines. White light can be refracted to all hues of the rainbow, like the reflection of one Creation, of the Music of Ainur, maybe, as it was intended to be without Melkor's discord. But colours bring also diversity into the world and its tales.
White City, Greenwood, Black Gate, Brown Lands, Grey Havens... The goegraphy of Middle-earth is colourful as well, just like the ranks of the Istari: Saruman the White, Gandalf the Grey, Radagast the Brown and two Blue wizards. But White loses its power when shattered into many colours, and Grey sent back from death becomes White.
And so for this month, we ask you to write a story about colours. It can be a story with one dominant colour, or with the entire spectrum. You can also use the theory of colours, and create different relationships of colours in your story: contrast, or harmony, you can mix two colours to create the third one, or use different hues of one colour.
Or just ask a simple question - what's the favourite colour of our favourite characters? With a name "Greenleaf", it probably isn't a difficult question, but still Aragorn or Legolas can prepare us some surprises. A pink nightshirt, maybe? ;)
There are no borders to your imagination. Just prepare your brushes and pallette, and show us what picture you can paint with words!
Here are this month’s stories:
An Ostentation of Colors by Fiondil
And there were lights by Itarille1
Blue Dragon by Jessica Chrisholm
By Colour and Song by Archeress of Silverbow
Green by Ithildin
Green Stone by Darkover 2nd place
Namárie, or the Hues of White by Mirach
Rainbow by Ellyn 3rd place
The Colour of Love by Linda Hoyland
The Right Colour by StarLight 1st place
nautika, StarLight, and Mirach