Voting for the 2017 Silmarillion Awards is finally here! If you’re new to these awards, they are the online version of the “fantasy oscars”. But instead of honoring authors and books, the characters themselves receive the awards. And, as our way of honoring Tolkien, whom many consider the father of modern fantasy, one of his characters will be presenting each award.
Last week we tallied up the nominations for each of the ten awards and now it’s time to vote!
I’m hosting the Most Magnificent Dragon award so let’s take a look at the 2017 finalists!
This year’s nominees
The 2017 nominees for the Most Magnificent Dragon are:
Death-in-Life from Tales of Goldstone Wood. Also known as The Dragon, The Greater Dark, and the Dark Father. In many worlds he is known, sometimes hated, sometimes worshiped, and always feared.
Kazul from Dealing with Dragons. Kazul takes in princess Cimorene when she decides she’s just not cut out for the princess life. They end up becoming fast friends and Kazul eventually becomes the ruler of all the dragons.
Makaidos from Dragons in Our Midst. This is one of the few dragons to have come back from the dead.
Saphira from Eragon. A female dragon bonded to Eragon Shadeslayer as her Dragon Rider.
Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. Not to be confused with the one from the movies. He is what’s known as a hunting dragon and he is quite small, highly intelligent, and rather adorable.
Can you pick only one? Do you dare? And more importantly, what will the losers do to your village if they don’t win???
Silmarillion scavenger hunt
As part of this year’s awards, we’re also holding a scavenger hunt! And in honor of the occasion, Jenelle Schmidt, one of the co-founders of these awards has written a lovely poem. If you collect all ten lines and enter it into the voting form you could win one of our lovely prizes, We’re giving away a replica of the One Ring, a Tolkien trivia book by Benita J Prins, and for the grand prize, a beautiful map of Middle-Earth!
This is stop 8 of 10 in the scavenger hunt. The voting form can also be found at all the other stops. Below, you’ll find the phrase for this stop. You can click on the phrase and it will take you to the next part of the scavenger hunt where you can get another phrase.
Or, if you’d like to start the scavenger hunt from the first stop, you can go to the Adventure Awaits site. One final little note, that these prizes are only available inside the United States. Sorry Rest of the World, but we can’t afford to ship it to distant shores.
Okay, time to get voting. Results will be announced July 16th-28th!