|Everyone likes story challenges,
right? Of course we do. Not only do they provide us with a way
to waste even more time at the computer thinking about Elves (mmm... Elves...),
but they're also more fun than a bag of shaved weasels! Yes indeed.
Finally, a reason to get started on your Thranduil/Gollum slash masterpiece!
"The challenge made me do it!" is one of the best excuses around.
So without further ado, I present the Official One-of-a-kind Exclusive
Elf Fetish Super Deluxe Ultra Story Challenge (with turbo!). Guaranteed
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Challenge for November 28, 2003:
Meren Chrithmereth! Given that Elves like to party, and given that winter is deeply, deeply boring, there's no way they'd go without some sort of festive holiday shindig and merrymaking. Possibly involving gift-giving, mistletoe, and spiked eggnog. Write a story about the Elvish holiday traditions, including how those traditions came to be; a nostalgic look back at the old days and the origins of the holiday is required. Or simply write the holiday legend. Must include at least a few recognisable images and icons (for example, holly, stockings, decorated trees, snowelves, fruit cake, reindeer, whatever).
Random thoughts to consider: What is the holiday called, and why? Do they give gifts? Is Santa involved? Has the holiday strayed so far from its original meaning that young Elves need to be reminded? Do different kindreds of Elves have different traditions?
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