Counselors. Advisors. Sages. Mentors. They don’t usually get top billing. They aren’t always the most fun. And sometimes they can be positively feeble when compared to their more heroic counterparts. But don’t underestimate them.
Most heroes wouldn’t get very fire without their timely, far-sighted advice. And many adventures would not start at all without the prompting or prodding of these marvelous guides.
2020 Silmaril Award Nominations
Welcome to the fifth annual Silmaril Awards, the fantasy character awards! This is a chance to nominate your favorite fantasy characters in a fiction free-for-all to see which ones are the wisest, most heroic, or nefarious of all.
There are ten awards up for grabs (see the list below for links to the other awards). On this page we’re accepting nominations and seconds for Wise Counselors. All you have to do to nominate is post a comment with the name of the wise counselor you’d like to see considered for the award. Or, if that character has already been nominated, you can simply reply with a “second” to the original comment for that character.
The rules for nominating are as follows:
- You may nominate as many characters as you wish.
- You may also second as many characters nominated by others as you choose. The more “seconds” (and thirds, fourths, etc) a character receives, the more likely that character will move on to the voting round, which will feature the top five most nominated characters from each category (the host will break any ties).
- Nominations are allowed for fantasy book characters only! (Movie characters are not allowed, unless the book came first).
- The Silmaril Awards are “lifetime” awards. Characters who have already won a Silmaril in previous years are not eligible to win the same award again (though they may win other awards.) Previous winners of wisest counselor include: Remus Lupin from Harry Potter (2019), Professor Kirke from The Chronicles of Narnia (2018), Professor Hamilton from Dragons in Our Midst (2017), and Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia (2016). For a list of past winners for other awards, please visit silmarilawards.com.
- Also, unfortunately, characters from Tolkien’s works are allowed. Instead, they are the presenters of the awards. These awards are for all the “other guys.”
This year’s awards
Here it the list of the rest of this year’s awards with links to where you can make your nominations:
- Most Epic Hero
- Most Epic Heroine
- Wisest Counselor (you are here)
- Most Faithful Friend
- Strangest Character
- Most Mischievous Imp
- Silver Tongue
- Least Competent Henchman
- Most Nefarious Villain
- Most Magnificent Dragon
It’s not just characters that get to win
This year, there will also be a chance to win some great books and book related prizes as well. You can participate in the bookstagram challenge using the hasthtag #SilmarilAwards2020. You can also enter the contest even if you’re not on Instagram. Either way, we’ll be giving out one of the prizes below to each winner. Hardbacks, ebooks, maps, bookmarks, there’s something in here for everyone. Don’t miss out!
The bookstagram challenge starts August 24th and ends on September 4th, but the giveaway runs through to the end of the awards. Be sure to follow all the hosts on Instagram so you don’t miss out on the fun.
Have at thee!
And so it begins.
The cutoff for accepting nominations is midnight CST Time, September 4th. Until then, nominate away! And if you have any questions, please put them below and I will answer them as soon as possible. Have fun. I can’t wait to see who you nominate!