The 2018 Silmaril Awards: Vote for the Most Nefarious Villain!

Look, I don't care what the UPS regulations are, I'm not signing for these live great white sharks until you put them where they're supposed to be. They obviously belong down there, under the glass floor, where all the water is! Not up here on the stage with me! And hurry, I think those giant styrofoam cartons are starting to leak. The salt-water might make these decorative evil contraptions go haywire. We don't want that Laser of Doom going off…

*DZZZZZZT* *Wilhelm scream*

See? Now move the sharks!!

Oh, am I on? Whoops.

Aaaaand we're back with the 2018 Silmaril Awards! Welcome, all, to the Most Nefarious Villain Voting Round…OF DOOM!!!

Okay, that last part wasn't real; nobody is going to be doomed. So long as they stay away from that laser, at least.

As you can see…I mean, read…we are already gearing up for the big awards ceremony. No point in leaving it until the last minute! And you'll be happy to hear that I've hired a much better Head of Security for this year, who is already doing a marvelous job turning away potential gate-crashers.

It is no concern of mine that you weren't popular enough to get nominated! You really should have thought of that before you became a D-list villain. NEXT!

*ahem* Moving swiftly on…you came up with some wonderfully nefarious nominations for this award. So many, that I had to make an enormous Spreadsheet of Evil just to keep track of them. I was forced to delete it when I was done to prevent it from taking over my computer and launching a new Age of Ultron. I think I managed to fully destroy it, though.



Whew. Sorry about that. Anyway, only the top five villains could go on to the voting round…and here they are!

(I would recommend clapping, if you value your lives.)

First, we have…Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles! A powerful mind-controller with a heart of ice, Levana will stop at nothing to secure her rule over Luna and to extend her empire to Earth. Her preternatural glamour hides the secret of what set her on a dark and bloody path. No one is safe from her ambition and cruelty.

Yes, Your Majesty, just stand right there….and may I say, you are looking lovely today. Is that a new glamour? No, I'm not going to just hand over the award and skip the rest of the ceremonies. No, don't bother controlling my mind. I'm an author. I'm immune to that sort of thing. Stop it. Thank you.

Next up…Veed from The Tale of the Fallen! His most menacing quality isn't his supernatural power, it's his ruthless determination to win. He styles himself a hero in a land beset by an invasion of demons, but all he truly cares about is his dark agenda. He'll assure you he's on your side, but trust him at your peril.

Wow, man, I have to say…the folks on Goodreads LOATHE you. I've rarely encountered such visceral hatred for a villain. Care to comment on that? No? Anything at all to say? … Stop smiling at me like that. You're freaking me out.

Third…The Dragon (also known as Death-in-Life) from the Tales of Goldstone Wood series! A truly despicable creature who lives to spread corruption and sorrow. He rules the twisted and vile dragons of his realm, and creates more by burning away the humanity of his victims with poisonous magic. The Dragon will not rest until he has snuffed out all light with his darkness.

Just…stand back, okay? Way, wayyyy back. I imagine you'll take this as a compliment, but you are super, SUPER creepy. What's that? Uhhh, no thanks. Actually, I'd be fine with turning into a dragon…but your way of doing it sounds painful and gross, so I'm gonna say no.

Fourth…Lord Whitlock from the Beaumont and Beasley series! He's evil, and he loves it. Though heroism beckoned in his youth, he turned his back on it to pursue power and vengeance. His chief goal in life is to be feared, not just as a powerful enchanter, but as a true monster of legend. He's willing to sacrifice anyone to achieve this transformation, even his own daughter.

I most certainly will NOT give you the award just because you're one of my characters. Besides, after what you've done to some of my other characters, I've half a mind to kill you off for good. Don't you threaten me with your magic! I INVENTED your magic! One more word out of you, and I'll arrange for you to be eaten by Neverwolves.

Our fifth and final nominee is Captain Hook from Peter Pan! This iconic pirate is the embodiment of vengefulness and spite. He's determined to destroy Peter and his comrades over the loss of his hand to the crocodile…though he'd probably want to do it even if he didn't have a reason. The telltale tick of a clock may be his Achilles heel, but even so, he is not to be underestimated.

Oh, quit glaring at me, Hook. Just because I replaced you with a woman in my fictional universe is no reason to get huffy. That happens to fictional characters all the time these days. Grow up.

On to the voting! Enter your choice for Most Nefarious Villain, as well as your picks for our other categories, using the handy form below.

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Here are links to the other voting posts, so you can hear more about the nominees in other categories:

Wisest Councillor – Deborah O’Carroll

Least Competent Henchman – Jenelle Schmidt

Most Silver Tongued – D.J. Edwardson

Most Epic Hero – E.E. Rawls

Strangest Character – Zachary Totah

Most Epic Heroine – Madeline Rose

Most Mischievous Imp – Abbey Stellingwerff

Most Magnificent Dragon – Tracey Dyck

Most Loyal Friend – Savannah Grace

Voting closes at midnight on September 14, so don't delay!

All right, nominees, our Head of Security will show you to your rooms. Just don't take any drinks from her. We don't want this to become the Most Nefarious Llama Award. (Though that could be fun.)

I certainly hope she keeps any uninvited guests from showing up this year…

*ominous distant thunder*

The 2018 Silmaril Award Nominations: Most Nefarious Villain (CLOSED)

UPDATE: Nominations are now closed! Thanks for your great choices, everyone!

It's that time of year again, everyone! … Well, actually it's not, because we decided to do it at a different time of year than we did last time, so it's a new time, so never mind.

That got away from me. Let's try again.

It's time…for the 2018 Silmaril Awards!

Yes, the ever-popular blog event is back (with a slightly tweaked name), and once again, my fellow bloggers and I are calling on YOU to nominate your favorite fictional characters for a variety of award categories. (You can read more about the awards on the brand new official website!)

Last year, I was assigned the Least Competent Henchman category. The award ceremony went off without a hitch. Absolutely no problems whatsoever.


Anyway, here are some very important rules about who you can nominate. Failure to comply with these rules will result in unstable rifts in the multiverse, so don't blame me if you end up getting kissed by a Dementor or something.

Here, then, are the official rules, as written by Galadriel herself* centuries ago.

*OK, maybe not, but they're still important, so pay attention.

RULE THE FIRSTETH: Verily and forsooth, authors canst not nominate their own characters. Ye slingers of ink are, however, welcome—nay, encouragedeth—to telleth thine fans about the awards.

RULE THE SECONDETH: Mark ye well—only characters from FANTASY BOOKS canst be nominated for awards! [Kronk's unauthorized intrusion upon last year's Henchman ceremony notwithstandingeth.] Those characters who haileth from the silver screen art not eligible, unlesseth the BOOK came FIRST, before dark and forbidden sorcery was used to transmuteth it into a “movie”.

ADDENDUMETH TO RULE THE SECONDETH: Verily, we doth alloweth some lee-way as doth regard the blurry line between fantasy and science fiction. If thou canst make a meritorious argument for whysoever a book which doth technicallyeth be science fiction counteth as fantasy, thine nomination may yet be eligible.

RULE THE THIRDETH: Characters who hath wonneth a Silmaril before, in ye olden days of yore and auld lang syne, doth be part of the “lifetime” Hall of Fame for aforementionedeth award and shalt not be nominated for an award they hast already wonneth. Also, characters who hast been created by J.R.R. Tolkien, the One Fantasy Author to Rule Them All, doth be archetypes of all the categories and art therefore not eligible for nominations.

RULE THE FOURTHETH: Whosomever shalt violateth these rules shalt be devouredeth by a balrog, eftsoons and right speedily. Eth.

Iffeth *AHEM* If you have any questions about these rules or about a potential nomination, give me a shout-out in the comments! I will be happy to pass it on to The Powers That Be.

As for the category, this year, I will be managing the award for…



(Just to be clear, my role as Master of Ceremonies sadly prevents me from being personally eligible for this award.)

So, who do you think is the Most Nefarious Villain in fantasy fiction? Based on the rules above, enter your nominations in the comments! Once we've gathered enough names, I will follow up with a voting post on September 10th.

Nominations close on September 7 at midnight, so get yours in now!

Here are links to the other participating blogs so you can nominate characters for the rest of the categories:

Wisest Councillor – Deborah O'Carroll

Least Competent Henchman – Jenelle Schmidt

Most Silver Tongued – D.J. Edwardson

Most Epic Hero – E.E. Rawls

Strangest Character – Zachary Totah

Most Epic Heroine – Madeline Rose

Most Mischievous Imp – Abbey Stellingwerff

Most Magnificent Dragon – Tracey Dyck

Most Loyal Friend – Savannah Grace

Thanks for participating in the Silmarillion Awards! MWAHAHAHAHAHA cough cough cough What do you mean, “mad with power”? I'm fine!