EDIT: Nominations now closed. Thanks, everyone! Voting will open soon!
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards! I'm very excited to be participating in this fun blogging event, which gives you a chance to vote on your favorite fantasy book characters in a variety of categories. You can find out more about the Awards on Jenelle Schmidt's website. Here's a full list of the categories and their corresponding blogs:
And last but not least, there's my category, which is…
Least Competent Henchman Silmaril
Okay, so in a way, it kinda IS least. ???? Oh well.
Let's face it–good henchmen are hard to find these days. Just when you think you've got all the snags worked out of your evil plan, one of your minions forgets to lock the drawbridge, or blurts out some crucial piece of information to the hero, or improperly transcribes a spell so that you accidentally transform yourself into a cute little bunny rabbit instead of a mighty dragon.
This Silmaril is for henchman characters who royally screwed up in the execution of their nefarious duties, and will be presented by an infamous underling from The Lord of the Rings. Post your nominees in the comments below.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- These awards are for fantasy characters only. So no sci-fi characters, or anyone from other genres. That being said, given the hazy boundaries of speculative fiction, if you can make a case for an unusual nominee being eligible, go ahead and the awards committee will consider the submission.
- You can pick any fantasy book character EXCEPT for characters from your own works or any Tolkien characters (since they are considered the standard for these awards.)
- These are lifetime awards, so you can't nominate last year's winner…however, the Least Competent Henchman category is new this year, so you don't have to worry about that issue in this case.
- There is no limit on how many characters a single person can nominate.
- You can't second your own nominations, but you can second those of other commenters.
- Make sure you specify which book your nominee is from. And feel free to tell us your reason for nominating them, as well!
- Spread the word! Use the hashtag #SilmAwards2017 on social media to invite other people to join in the fun.
Also, there's a giveaway for you to enter! If you didn't win the Rafflecopter I ran last month, here's your chance to try again. The prizes are a signed paperback copy of The Beast of Talesend, a custom notebook based on Beast's cover design, and an ebook copy of Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver.
There will also be a special Grand Prize giveaway during the Award Presentations week; stay tuned for further details on that! In the meantime, you can buy commemorative mugs and t-shirts for the Awards at these links:
Go to it! And if you've got any questions about the Awards, feel free to ask in the comments!