Monday, July 3, 2017

The Silmarillion Awards 2017

**NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED**

Welcome to the second Silmarillion Awards!!!


The Silmarillion Awards is a celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy! They are sort of like the Oscars, except they are held online, and the awards are to be won by a fantasy character and not by an actor.

There are ten different Silmarils to be won:

Tracy from Adventure Awaits is hosting the Wisest Councillor Silmaril.
Kyle Robert Shultz is hosting the Least Competent Henchman Silmaril.
Madeline from Short and Snappy is hosting the Silver Tongue Silmaril.
Savannah from Scattered Scribblings is hosting the Strangest Character Silmaril.
Deborah from Road of a Writer is hosting the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril.
Elise E. Rawls is hosting the Most Mischievous Imp Silmaril.
DJ Edwardson is hosting the Most Magnificent Dragon Silmaril.
Zachary Totah is hosting the Most Loyal Friend Silmaril.
Jenelle Schmidt is hosting the Most Nefarious Villain Silmaril.

And here on Regarding Reading and Writing, I am hosting the Most Epic Hero Silmaril!

YOU, my friends, will be nominating fantasy characters for each of these Silmarils in the comment section of their respective posts (for example, you would not nominate Eragon for Most Epic Hero in Jenelle's comment section for Most Nefarious Villain). Here are some rules to keep in mind:

-All nominees must be from a fantasy story (dystopia, sci-fi, and steampunk do not count. If you are not sure about a character, ask in the comments, and I'll get back to you!).
-You may nominate as many characters as you like.
-If someone has already nominated a character that you have thought of, you may "second" their nomination.
-You may second as many nominations as you like.
-When you are nominating a character, remember to say which book he or she comes from! 
-Characters from Lord of the Rings cannot be nominated because they will present the Silmaril to the winner.
-These are lifetime Silmarils, so last year's winner, the glorious Robin Hood, cannot be nominated either.

Nominations are open from July 3-7, so nominate your favorite fantasy heroes below, and spread the word on social media using #SilmAwards2017. On July 9, I'll post the top five nominees, and on July 10, the voting form will be open for you to vote for your favorite fantasy hero!


A hero can be described as tranquil as a forest but on fire within. Swift as a coursing river. Forceful as a great typhoon. Strong as a raging fire. They are usually mysterious as the dark side of the moon. It helps if they are able to get down to business to defeat the Huns, too.


Some lovely people have donated prizes for this year's Silmarillion Awards, so enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of Where Carpets Fly by Elise Edmonds and a King's Warrior (by Jenelle Schmidt) bookmark!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'll announce the winner on July 9!

And don't forget you can buy some swaggy Silmarillion Awards merch. There are t-shirts and mugs! If you use the code TOLKIEN2017, you can get 10% off of your purchase until August 15.

Now let's get nominating!

**NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED**

189 comments:

  1. I nominate:
    -Leonard from Tales of Goldstone Wood
    -Aethalbald from the same
    -Janner Igiby from Wingfeather Saga
    -Artham Wingfeather from the same
    -Gammon from the same
    -Caspar from the Fog of Forgetting trilogy
    -Will from the Dark is Rising

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Leonard and Aethalbald!

      Delete
    2. I second Artham, Aethelbald, and Gammon!

      Delete
    3. I second Janner Igiby and Artham Wingfeather!!

      Delete
    4. I second Janner, Artham, and Gammon.

      Delete
    5. I second Leonard and Aethalbald!

      Delete
    6. I'm seconding Janner,Artham, and Gammon!

      Delete
    7. I second Janner, Artham, and Gammon! :D

      Delete
  2. I nominate Halt from The Ranger's Apprentice <3 <3 <3

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm nominate
    Hualiama from Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. whoops ... I didn't realize we split the hero category by gender ... Should've read the post more carefully ... I'll have to rethink (I went over and nominated her as a heroine)

      Delete
    2. apparently I haven't read a lot of great Heroes this year ... going with Beowulf from Beowulf.

      Delete
    3. I second Beowulf. Can't argue with the classics!

      Delete
    4. I second Beowulf too! He is CERTAINLY an epic hero!

      Delete
    5. I am SECONDING Beowulf, one of the original epic heroes!

      Delete
  4. Here are my nominations:

    Westley from The Princess Bride
    Carswell from The Lunar Chronicles
    and Kit from The Bright Empire Series. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second all three of these!

      Delete
    2. I second Westley and Carswell!

      Delete
    3. I second Carswell and Kit! :D

      Delete
    4. I second Westley--a real hero who would never give up, even if spending a day "mostly dead!" :)

      Delete
    5. Seconding Westley and Carswell!

      Delete
    6. I second Westley and Carswell! Two of my faaaaves! :D

      Delete
  5. Ooh, I just thought of two more!
    I nominate...
    Azrael from Paper Crowns
    and Blaze from Twinepathy. ^_^

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I SECOND AZREAL. :D

      -Rebekah

      Delete
    2. I second both Azrael and Blaze!

      Delete
    3. I second Blaze!

      Delete
    4. I second both Azrael and Blaze! YESSSH.

      Delete
    5. I second Azrael! YESYESYES.

      Delete
  6. I nominate King Arthur from Le Morte d'Arthur. The once and future king!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second King Arthur! :)

      -Rebekah

      Delete
    2. YES. Totally second King Arthur! I was going to nominate him if no one else had. You can't beat the legendary king.

      Delete
    3. King Arthur has been seconded! Sound the trumpet!

      Delete
  7. I nominate Hal from Paper Crowns by Miriam Neal! So epic! ^_^

    And Achan Cham from the Blood of King's Trilogy by Jill Williamson.

    -Rebekah

    ReplyDelete
  8. I second Halt and Westley. I nominate Thaddeus Whiskers from Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon (because he might be a little fluffball, but he's got a lot of courage!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would totally flip my lid if ANY cat won this category ... but yeah, especially Thaddeus. ;)

      Delete
  9. Replies
    1. Technically Thorne was already nominated as Carsewell above? Whatever, he's still got the same number of votes.

      Delete
    2. I second Thorne definitely, and Carswell... haha same person.

      Delete
  10. I'm glad Robin Hood won last year, he's a great choice! Wishing I could say Aragorn... please tell me he's presenting this award?? With my favorite character of all time over-qualified, I'm nominating Curdie from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, and Peter and Edmund from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Also King Tirian from The last Narnia book, The Last Battle. He was always a favorite of mine!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Curdie! And Tirian!! I always thought he was so cool! :)

      -Rebekah

      Delete
    2. I second Peter Pevensie! If I remember correctly, he was a pretty strong contender last year.

      Delete
    3. I second Peter and Edmund! (But mostly Edmund)

      Delete
    4. You'll just have to see who is presenting this award. Here's a hint: he's kingly, he's got a reforged sword, and his elfin girlfriend is pretty cool. :)

      Delete
    5. Abbey Stellingwerff: um, not to be picky, but shouldn't it be "elven"? (sorry, huge Tolkien geek here, so this stuff sticks out to me.) ;) XD

      Delete
    6. Shay, you're right. "Elfin" is more a description of someone's looks, I suppose.
      Thank you for joining us for yet another episode of Abbey Should Proofread Before She Comments On Blogs.

      Delete
    7. I shall second all four of these heroes.

      Delete
    8. I second Curdie, Edmund, and Peter!

      Delete
    9. I second them all!!!! Now I have to choose whom I should nominate...

      Delete
  11. I nominate Jet from Sentinel by Jamie Foley!

    -Rogue9

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wowww, so many good ones.

    I second:

    -Aethelbald (Goldstone Wood)
    -Beowulf
    -Kit from Bright Empires!!
    -Westley
    -Azrael from Paper Crowns
    -Blaze (Twinepathy)
    -King Arthur
    -Achan Cham
    -Hal from Paper Crowns!
    -King Tirian (Narnia)
    -I super-super SUPER second Jet from Sentinel! (Jet is the best ever, oh my goodness.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Kit! (But unless I missed it, aren't you the first to mention him in this category, Deb?)

      Delete
  13. I nominate:

    -Brant from King's Warrior
    -Taylan from Halayda
    -Mordion from Hexwood
    -Howl from Howl's Moving Castle
    -Chrestomanci
    -Ciran from Blood Ties
    -King Eamon from Blood Ties

    That should be a start. XD

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Taylan from Halayda.

      Delete
    2. I want to second Brant from King's Warrior as well.

      Delete
    3. I second Brant from King's Warrior by Jenelle Schmidt.
      He seems to always show up whenever his heroics are most needed. :)

      Delete
    4. HOOOOWL. I second Howl! (I knew you'd nominate him, Celti. One of us was bound to. XD)

      Delete
    5. HOWL HOWL HOWL. I second him!!

      Delete
  14. Celórith the Silver Dragon, for the Dragon Category.
    Alluria for the "Heroine" category.
    Hephtos for "Hero."
    A'Dach-as'enmesh'enu (Meshenu), Demon from Tarterus, for the "Nefarious Villain" category.
    All characters from Elven Dwarf (Dwarves of Norhar Book 1) by Amanda Redhead and Craig Petillo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know I'm not Abbey, but if you could leave those names in the comment sections of the corresponding posts (e.g. Celorith on DJ's post for Most Magnificent Dragon), that would be great! :)

      Delete
  15. Charmont from Ella Enchanted, or Drualt from Two Princesses of Bamarre.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Second Will from Dark is Rising
    Second Halt from Ranger's Apprentice
    Second King Tirian from Narnia
    Second Chrestomanci

    -Rogue9

    ReplyDelete
  17. I second...
    Kit
    Aethelbald
    JET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I nominate Quintin from the Dragon King trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead. :)

    ~Rebekah

    ReplyDelete
  18. Nominating King Taylan from Sarah White's "Halayda"!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Taylan was also nominated up above, but don't worry, I have all of the votes!

      Delete
  19. Nominating Case from Redemption of the Changed by Angelique Anderson!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I nominate Kaladin from The Stormlight Archive!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kaladin!!! Always nominate and second Kaladin. :)

      Delete
    2. Seconding Kaladin. Always.

      Delete
    3. There is literally no one more deserving of this award than Kaladin. Seconded!!!

      Delete
  21. I nominate Jaron from the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I second Beowulf, Artham, Janner, and Curdie.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I second Beowulf and nominate Taniel Two-Shot of the Powder Mage series by Brian McClellan.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I nominate:

    -Cal-Raven from the Auralia Thread series by Jeffrey Overstreet
    -Emperor Kai from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    -Billy Bannister from Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
    -Elam from the same series by Bryan Davis (minus DIOM, I mean)
    -Adrian Masters from Tales of Starlight by Bryan Davis
    -Will from Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan
    -Captain Valithor from the Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson

    (I have too many! I love this category!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Kai and Will!!! :D

      Delete
    2. I second Captain Valithor!!

      Delete
    3. I second Captain Valithor!

      Delete
    4. So many fantastic ones, Tracey!

      I second Kai, Billy, Elam, and Adrian!

      (And I really need to reread The Door Within trilogy. I read it aaaages ago and now I...kinda don't remember the characters. #Shameful)

      Delete
    5. Aaaaand Capn. Valithor!!!

      Delete
    6. @Christine: I'm long overdue for so many reread like that one. #somanybookssolittletime

      Delete
    7. Ah, looks like you stole some of my picks. ;) (Just kidding! I need to try to nominate people earlier next year.)

      I second Billy, Elam, Adrian, and Captain Valithor. :D

      Delete
    8. @Mary: Guess we've read some of the same books! ;) LOL, I felt that way too and I was following along pretty much from day one. XD

      Delete
  25. You want EPIC, you say! How about the Champion of the Light in the battle against the Dark One! Prophesied savior and breaker of the world! Shadowkiller! He Who Comes with the Dawn! The Dragon Reborn!

    He is none other that RAND AL'THOR from The Wheel of Time.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I nominate Alastare Coldhollow from Wayne Thomas Batson's "The Dark Sea Annals"!

    I also nominate Tommy Bowman/Lord Felheart Silvertree from Batson and Hopper's "The Berinfell Prophecies".

    I ALSO nominate Olin Grimwarden from Batson and Hopper's "The Berinfell Prophecies".

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ANNND I also nominate Jett Green/Lord Hamandar Nightwing of Batson and Hopper's "The Berinfell Prophecies".

      Delete
    2. I second Alastare, Tommy, Jett, and Grimwarden!

      Delete
    3. I second all four of them as well!

      Delete
  27. I nominate Galen who rescues the 12 princesses in "Princess of the Midnight Ball" by Jessica Day George.

    ReplyDelete
  28. SO many good ones. I'm trying to think of any that might have been missed... I'm going to nominate... Jack from Story Thieves. Maybe a bit of an unconventional hero... but he always came through in the end.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Erm.. I meant Jack from Half Upon a Time... LOL

      Delete
  29. I nominate Prince Valerian of the He Who Finds Mercy series by Katy Huth Jones. And I second Thaddeus the cat. So cute!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I second Westley from The Princess Bride, Beowulf, Howl from Howl's Moving Castle, and Chrestomanic from the Chrestomanci Chronicles.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'm shocked nobody has yet... I nominate

    Jace from the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YESS!! I second Jace!! (in fact, I was coming over here to nominate him if no one else had since last night.) =D

      Delete
    2. I second Jace.

      ALSO I nominate Trask from the same series.

      Delete
    3. I second Trask

      Delete
    4. YESS!! I SECOND TRASK!! (I can't believe I forgot about him!! It has been entirely too long since I have read an Ilyon book...)

      Delete
    5. I MOST CERTAINLY second Jace and Trask!!! :D

      Delete
    6. I second Jace.

      I second Trask.

      Delete
  32. I also nominate Dalinar from the Stormlight Archive and Elend from Mistborn.

    ReplyDelete
  33. I second Janner from The Wingfeather Saga and Lionheart from Tales of Goldstone Wood
    *adds all these other books to my tbr pile*
    I also nominate Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter. He's a pretty epic hero if you ask me :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. I nominate...

    -Nick Beasley from The Beast of Talesend
    -Percy from the Percy Jackson books
    -Mendenbar from The Enchanted Forest chronicles
    -Eanrin from the Tales of Goldstone Wood books (can't believe he hasn't been nominated yet)
    -Bardon from the DragonKeeper Chronicles
    -Nathan from the Echoes of the Edge trilogy

    Annnd, I should probably stop now. BUT THERE ARE SO MANY EPIC HEROES!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Percy, Eanrin (!!!), Bardon, and Nathan! :D

      Delete
    2. Second:
      Nick Beasley,
      MENDANBAR!!!,
      and Eanrin. :D

      Delete
    3. Bardon?! Yesyesyesyes! I second!

      Delete
  35. I'm nominating Sir Gawain from the Squires' tales, and also seconding Westley from The Princess Bride.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I nominate Elon from Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight. :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Does Thomas Hunter from the Circle trilogy by Ted Dekker count????? Also nominating John is from the Lost Books by Ted Dekker!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We're counting Thomas Hunter since Goodreads lists the Circle books under fantasy. :)

      Delete
    2. Thomas Hunter! Oh you make my day nominating one of my top favorite characters! *fangirls* I second!

      Delete
    3. Also Johnis... <3 Love him so much. Seconded.

      Delete
    4. I second Thomas Hunter and Johnis!

      Delete
  38. I also nominate Rom from the Mortals series by Ted Dekker.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I nominate Dr. Elwin Ransom of the "Space" Trilogy, along with Gilberec Parzival Moth of the Moth and Cobweb series. Gil is an EPIC knight, and Ransom is--oops, I almost gave away something!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I second Ransom!!! He is fabulous, especially in That Hideous Strength.

      Delete
  40. I also want to nominate Eoghan AND Conor from the Song of Seare trilogy. Both are truly heroic young men.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Not sure if they count (since Illusionarium is technically labeled as both fantasy and steampunk), but I nominate Jonathan and Lockwood from Illusionarium by Heather Dixon.

    ReplyDelete
  42. How do I choose??? Do I get to nominate more than one? I saw people doing that. Cause if I do, I nominate
    Peter Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, King Tirian, Caspian (all from Narnia),
    Thomas Hunter and Johins (from Ted Dekker), Bardon from DragonKeeper Chronicles, and Kaz Brekker (from Six of Crows ... I think he's a hero *smirks* okay, he's a gangster)...

    But if I can do only one, I have to go with Peter. *sigh*

    By the way, hi! I haven't been here before but I'll come back and browse after nominations are over! I'm Lisa, by the way. *waves*

    - L
    www.thisinkwell.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, you can nominate as many as you like. :D

      Second Edmund! ^_^

      Delete
  43. Second Quintin, Mendanbar, and Sir Gawain.

    -Rogue9

    ReplyDelete