Our April theme is Smells. Do you remember the smell of the book when you first read the Lord of the Rings? Maybe it was fresh, just out of press, or old, musty smell of yellowed pages. You can clearly imagine both, don't you? It's because the sense of smell has it's centrum in one of the oldest parts of human brain, and makes the most permanent memories. And just like in our world, there have to be many various smells in Middle-earth, yet the paper of the books cannot convey them. This is a task for you this month: through your words or picture, let us experience the smells of Middle-earth!
What is the scent of spring in Rivendell or summer in Gondor? Could you close your eyes and recognize by the smell if you are in Mirkwood or in the Shire? And surely you could recognize athelas by its scent... There are also some places and creatures that do not smell that well, with Aragorn's own words about Gollum: "I was glad to be rid of his company, for he stank."
In your story, you can use any smell you want, pleasant or unpleasant. It can please the senses, or warn of danger, like the change in the air before a storm or the smell of some dangerous creature approaching. It can trigger a memory, long forgotten, that resurfaces with the remembered smell. In pictures you can depict something with a strong or characteristic scent, that we could clearly imagine when looking at it.
And the winners are:
An Unexpected Blessing by Erulisse (one L) 2nd place
Crimson Flowers by NightShadow131
Of Roses and Memory by Darkover
The Ragged Edge of Legend by MP Brennan 1st place
The Scent of Home by Linda Hoyland 3rd place
nautika, StarLight, and Mirach