The Silmaril Awards 2021: Nominations Open!


Alright, y'all GUESS WHAT?

(Okay, maybe I gave it away with the post title. But that's kind of part of the job.)

IT'S TIME FOR THE SILMARIL AWARDS... (seventh annual! yay!)

AND I'M HOSTING ONE.

(It's a huge honor, guys. I still have a little bit of imposter syndrome over it, to be honest.) 

Of course, you're wondering, I'm sure, what the Silmaril Awards are. (Unless you already know what they are, in which case, please skip my explanation and proceed.) 

In a nutshell: The Silmaril awards are like Tonys or Oscars or Golden Globes...but for fantasy characters. Awarded by Tolkien's characters in a fantabulous award ceremony at the end of the month of September, each Silmaril honors a character in one of ten (or sometimes eleven, but this year only ten) categories. The best part? Y'all are the ones who get to nominate and vote on the characters who you think most qualified for each award! (More on that in a moment, too, as the title of this post suggests.)

Also, whichever blogger is hosting each character gets to host the nominated characters in their home for the duration of the awards. Which last for four weeks. This can get very chaotic for such catagories as Most Magnificent Dragon, which, thank goodness, I am not hosting this year. But anyway. Nominate with caution, guys.

(If you still have questions, please visit the official Silmaril Awards website!)

All of this begs the question: which category am I hosting?

Well, I happen to be hosting

Strangest Character!

If nothing else, it should be an interesting four weeks. XD I really don't know what to expect while hosting the strange characters--I'd estimate that there's at least as much potential for chaos when hosting the strange characters as when hosting, say, the villains or the dragons. At least one more or less knows what to expect from a dragon--fire, hoarding, general malice--and from a group of them--preening, competition, fights over food--but I really don't know what to expect from most of the characters who seem likely to be nominated, let alone what will happen when they all get together. In my dorm room. I mean, I'm sure someone's going to nominate Calcifer, who I adore and can't wait to meet, for the record, so someone BETTER nominate him, but where the heck am I supposed to keep a fire demon in my dorm room? Like, even candles are against the rules, so I can't imagine they'll look favorably on a fire demon?? (Also, the fire code inspections are this week...? Heh.) (Luckily, I can probably bribe sweet talk blackmail some of the RAs...) And then if Mad-Eye Moody gets nominated, I can only imagine how paranoid living in a dorm would make him (let alone the fact that the men's bathroom can only be reached with my key card through two locked doors, and not at night). And that's only two potential nominees. Seriously, y'all, the opportunities for chaos are endless. (I also did not ask my roommate's permission for this at all. Whoops.)

(Plus, there's the extra challenge of trying to organize the awards ceremony with Tom Bombadil as the presenter...which should be interesting.)

(But really, I can't wait!)


Okay, time for a couple lists. (Those are my favorite, y'know.) 

Rules for nominations:

  • Characters must be fantasy characters from books. This means no sci-fi, no contemporary, &c, AND no webcomics, graphic novels, movies, and so on. If the story was a book first, but then got its own webcomic, graphic novel, &c, characters from said story are eligible, but otherwise, sadly, they are not permitted. If there's a book which might be seen as sci-fi, contemporary, or something else non-fantasy but you think has enough fantasy elements to count (for instance, The Lunar Chronicles, for the sake of the Silmaril Awards, count as fantasy, though they are sci-fi-y), make your case in the comments, and we will certainly consider it. 

  • Tolkien's characters are not allowed. Given that, in the awards ceremony at the end of the month, one of Tolkien's characters will be presenting this award, you really don't want the conflict of interest that might result from the presenting character being nominated for the award. Especially if they don't win the final vote. It can get ugly, y'all. 

  • An author may not nominate (or second) his or her own characters. It's just undignified and unprofessional, y'all. Don't do it. However, you of course may send your hyped-up readers to nominate and/or second your characters. (Winning a Silmaril would be really good publicity, just saying.)

  • Silmarils are a one-time thing, so a character may only win a category once. Thus, characters who have already won the Strangest Character Silmaril are not eligible to be nominated. These characters are:
    Puddleglum (Chronicles of Narnia)
    The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)
    Peet Wingfeather (The Wingfeather Saga)
    Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
    Miracle Max (The Princess Bride)
    Old Mad Bloke (The City Between)

  • Rule-breakers are sent immediately over to E. E. Rawls, who's hosting the dragons this year, to be eaten. Look, I don't make the rules, I just enforce them. If you don't want to follow these rules, prepare to be a dragon's lunch. And vice versa--if you don't want to be a dragon's lunch, prepare to follow the rules. 

How to nominate characters:

  1. Go to the comments section!
  2. Do your best to check if the character you're nominating has already been nominated. If so, go second the character (more on that in a mo), instead, please.
  3. Say that you're nominating.
  4. List the characters you'd like to nominate, along with the book they're from. If you don't put which book they're from, you give everyone (*cough* me *cough cough*) a huge headache, and make yourself eligible to be dragon-lunch. No one wants that.
  5. Nominate as many characters as you'd like! The sky's the limit!

How to second characters:

  1. Go to the comments section!
  2. Find the nominations of the characters you love.
  3. Respond to the comment nominating said character and respond "I second [character's name]" or something along those lines. 
  4. (You may also write a separate comment listing your seconds, like you would with nominations, if you wish.)
  5. Don't second characters you nominated--like nominating your own characters, it's just rude.
  6. Second as many characters as you want (but please don't second a character twice!)
  7. The five characters with the most seconds go on to the voting round!

Now, before you race down to the comments for nominations and seconds, a few dates to recall:

Nominations are open September 5 to 9.

Voting on the five characters with the most seconds will commence September 12, and close September 16th.

Awards Ceremonies will take place one per weekday September 19 to 30!


And also, if you'd like to nominate characters in other categories, here are the handy-dandy links for you to do so:



Last but not least, the Silmaril Awards have a giveaway this year, arranged by the lovely Jenelle Schmidt! The giveaway includes:
  • A gently used set of LOTR Extended Edition DVDs
  • The Hobbit Card Game
  • A dragon bookmark
  • Assorted dragon stickers
Go here to find the Rafflecopter and enter! :)



Now, you may rush post-haste to the comments to nominate and second your favorite weird, eccentric, bizarre, or in a word, strange, characters! I can't wait to be introduced to them! (...and see what kind of havoc they cause while I must host them...we'll see what my roommate thinks. XD)

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  1. Mmm, yeah, the logistics of hosting can be tricky. Let me know if you need to borrow a dimensional pocket; I should have some extra space.

    Also, I nominate Nidawi from Tales of Goldstone Wood and Jackaby from the Jackaby series!

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    1. I second Nidawi

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    2. I second Nidawi! I'd love to see her win this one of these years. :D

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    3. Thanks for the offer, Sarah! We're doing okay so far, but I'll let you know if I need that dimensional pocket...with the number of characters nominated, I very well might!

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  2. Tom is such fun. I'm sure you'll have a blast with him.

    I nominate Gurgi from the Chronicles of Prydain. He needs to finally get some winnings and grinnings!

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  3. I nominate Dr. Sikes from Emily Hayse's Knights of Tin and Lead series!

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  4. Best of luck in the dorms. Maybe they'll fit in your closet? You could make your bookshelf be hiding a secret passage? XD

    Question (because I really don’t want to be fed to dragons. I have math homework to do): I know the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland already won, but what about the one from Heartless? Technically they are the same person because it is a retelling, but I also think he’s his own person? Idk.

    Nominations!:
    Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle (There you go, Sam. XD)
    Mad-Eye Moody from Harry Potter (Thank you for the suggestion. XD)
    Justin Case from The Pirate Hunter Chronicles (I love him, and am like him, so I guess I’m strange, too? XD)
    The BFG from The BFG
    Lee Scoresby from His Dark Materials
    Cynfael from Falling Snow (part of Five Poisoned Apples. It's a novella, so does that count?)
    The Tinwoodman, The Scarecrow, and The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz.

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    1. I second the BFG and Calcifer!

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    2. Second for Calcifer, Mad-Eye and the BFG!

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    3. Chloe, to answer your question: well, actually I don't know the answer yet! I'm checking on that, and I'll get back to you. :)

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    4. If you think that the Mad Hatter in Heartless is different enough from the one in Alice, you may nominate him. (I read it too long ago to remember--I'll leave it to your discretion.)

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    5. I also second Calcifer and Mad Eye Moody (Sorry, Sam, for all the trouble this will probably give you)

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    6. I second Calcifer, Mad Eye Moody, and the Scarecrow.

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    7. Second Lee Scoresby and Mad-Eye Moody

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    8. You have fantastic taste, Chloe! All such good nominations!!!

      I second:
      Calcifer
      Mad-eye Moody
      Justin Case
      and CYNFAEL MAH BOI. <3

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    9. I second:
      - Mad-Eye Moody
      - Calcifer

      (Also! Sam! Just so you know, Calcifer was nominated for Most Mischievous Imp, as well, which means we'll be co-housing this little guy for the duration of the Awards! At least we'll be able to commiserate in all his mischief. XD)

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    10. Oh good, Kenzie! I love Calcifer, but he needs to be somewhere else during fire code inspections, at the very least. XD

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    11. I second Calcifer and Moody as well!

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  5. I nominate Winter from Lunar Chronicles and Oskar N. Reteep from Wingfeather Saga

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  6. I nominate Lina, the goblin dog from The Princess and Curdie

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  7. Ooooooh Sam I saw this post title and muffled a shriek because our own dear Samwise is hosting a Simaril award this year and just what an honor to know such a famed and important person. *pumps your hand* I nominated Po from Liesl and Po...I think he (or she) would count?

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    1. Haha, I don't know that I'd consider myself a famed and important person, but I am very excited to be hosting a Silmaril this year! I definitely think Po counts, and I hope he/she/it gets some seconds! :)

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  8. I love all of this so much! Great post! XD Congrats on being a host this year and I hope you have a blast!

    I nominate Snufkin from the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.

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  9. I nominate Laura from Rizkaland Legends by Kendra E. Ardnek.

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  10. I nominate Nobby Nobs from Discworld by Terry Pratchett

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  11. I second nidawi, calcifer, and gurgi

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  12. I nominate the sword Truesilver from Truesilver

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  13. I nominate the Tiger from Echo of the Fae

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  14. I nominate the Eternal Prince from Kingdom of Ruses by Kate Stradling

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  15. I nominate

    zhamM (Fairest)
    The Boggart (Septimus Heap)
    Blanca (The Glass Sentence)

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  16. I nominate the Librarian and the Luggage (if it counts) from Discworld.

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  17. I nominate Nymphedorra Tonks, Dobby, and Kreacher from Harry Potter

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  18. Ooh Sam, what fun! I saw the post and was like, "wait a moment..." I'm sure your sibs will be delighted! (Those who read your blog, I mean. Hi, Legolas and Eomer!) But it is so nice to see you as one of the hosts. Don't have impostor syndrome, you got it and you will be a great host I'm sure.

    Do you know who's doing the presentation this year? I believe Jem did it last year.

    Glad I could make it, even though I don't have any nominations.

    Faramir

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    1. It is a ton of fun! Thank you for your kind words. :)

      Each blogger does the presentation for their own category! So, I'm doing the presentation for strangest character, Jem is doing the one for Wise Counselor, &c.

      You should think of some characters to nominate! :)

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  19. Seconding:
    Gurgi
    Winter
    Calcifer
    Mad-Eye Moody

    Nominating:
    Granny Weatherwax from Discworld
    The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland
    Luck from Spindle by WR Gingell
    Howl from Howl's Moving Castle (I mean... he is pretty strange)
    Nobby Nobs from Discworld
    Hogsqueal the hobgoblin in The Spiderwick Chronicles

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  20. I nominate Occo from Happenstance found, and while we're at, Hap also (Also from Happenstance found)

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  21. I nominate the Staryk King from Spinning Silver.

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  22. I nominate Lopen and Lift from the Stormlight Archive, plus Charlie from Sweep (read it and WEEP. Like, seriously.)

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  23. I nominate Ragniprava the Tiger from The Tales of Goldstone Wood..

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  24. Chess Shire from Wonderland Trials
    Elm from Vivid

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  25. Zinder from Truesilver and Rimewinter. One of my all-time favorite characters.

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  26. I nominate:

    -Esrahaddon from Riyria Revelations
    -Wit from Stormlight Archives

    I second:

    -Gurgi from Chronicles of Prydain
    -Dr Sikes from Knights of Tin & Lead
    -Oskar N. Reteep from Wingfeather Saga
    -Linda from The Princess and Curdie
    -Lift from Stormlight Archive

    (Also, so excited to see my dear Justin Case nominated! Makes this author's heart happy!)

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  27. I nominate

    -Duren from The Red War Annals!
    -Amos from The Songkeeper Chronicles

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  28. It's so exciting to have you as a host this year, Samantha!!! I hope all these odd characters won't give you TOO much trouble. I still have a few fire extinguishers left over from hosting dragons last year, so if you end up needing one, let me know! I SHOULDN'T need them with the silver tongues. Then again, you never know...

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    1. Thank you!! I definitely might need to hit you up for some fire extinguishers, although apparently I'm co-hosting Calcifer with Kenzie, so maybe he can set her stuff on fire instead, if he's going to set anything on fire?? XD

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  29. I nominate the Mythfits as a whole from The Afterverse series by Kyle Robert Shultz.

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  30. Meep!!! I'm so excited to have you on board the Silm team this year, Samantha!!! It's an honor to have you join! *high-fives* *misses* *flips hair and pretends not to notice*

    I would like to nominate...

    - Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter)
    - A-Through-L (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making)
    - Jack Frost (The Graveyard Book)

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    1. Ah, thank you!! I'm so excited to be on the team! *ignores your missed high-five*:)
      Oh my goodness, I love A-Through-L!

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    2. I second A through L! Lovely to see those characters here

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    3. Second for Hagrid!

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  31. I nominate:

    Glerk the Swamp Monster from The Girl Who Drank the Moon
    Wizard Fenworth from The Dragonkeeper Chronicles

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  32. Seconding…

    Nidawi
    Jackaby
    Calcifer
    Winter
    Oskar
    Laura
    Luck
    Howl
    Ragniprava
    the Mythfits

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  33. I second:
    - Nidawi and Ragniprava (Goldstone Wood)
    - Calcifer and Howl (Howl's Moving Castle)
    - Winter (Lunar Chronicles)
    - Oskar N. Reteep (Wingfeather Saga)
    - Laura (Rizkaland)
    - The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)
    - Wizard Fenworth (Dragonkeeper Chronicles)

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  34. Forgot to also nominate the revenant from Vespertine (Margaret Rogerson)!

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  35. I second:
    Gurgi
    Mad-Eye Moody
    The trio from Wizard of Oz
    Winter
    Oskar
    Lina (because whAT IS A GOBLIN DOG)
    Tonks
    Dobby
    Cheshire Cat
    Hogsqueal
    Mythfits
    Hagrid
    And I nominate...
    Lady Quack/Gloria Track (The Nicholas Book)
    Granny Relda (The Sisters Grimm)
    Sam Miracle (Outlaws of Time)
    The Raggant (100 Cupboards)

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  36. Seconding:
    Jackaby
    Calcifer
    Winter
    Lina <3
    Nobby Nobs
    Howl
    Granny Weatherwax
    the Staryk King
    Lopen
    Lift
    Wit
    the Raggant

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  37. I second:
    Laura
    Nobby Nobs
    Ritioghra
    Zinder
    Amos
    the Mythfits

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  38. I nominate the Dufflepuds from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

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  39. I second
    Gurgi
    Calcifer and Howl
    Lopen, Lift and Hoid
    The Dufflepuds

    I nominate
    Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle
    Athelas, Zero, Pet, and JinYeong from City Between because yes, they are ALL extremely weird
    Eugenides from Queen's Thief
    Death from Discworld
    Nightblood from Warbreaker
    Ripred from the Underland Chronicles
    Shai from The Emperor's Soul

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  40. I second:
    Calcifer
    Dobby
    Tonks
    Howl
    The Mythfits
    The Raggant
    The Dufflepods

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  41. I second Gurgi, Mad-Eye Moody, BFG, The Tinwoodman, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, Winter, Oskar, Lina, Nobby, Tonks, Dobby, Kreacher, Granny Weatherwax, Cheshire Cat, Hogsqueal, Mythfits, Hagrid, Lady Quack, Granny Relda, Sam Miracle, The Raggant, The Dufflepuds, Death

    I nominate Dustfinger (Inkheart) and Ramandu (Narnia)

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  42. I Nominate:

    Coriakin (From Narnia)


    I Second:

    The Dufflepuds
    Gurgi
    The Cheshire Cat
    Lady Quack
    Dobby

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  43. ...it's always fun to threaten people with being turned into dragon sandwiches xD

    Seconding:
    Calcifer, the Scarecrow, and why not Howl as well xD
    Luck (Spindle)
    Winter (is this three categories she's showing up in this year?)
    Cheshire Cat (he's also shown up in several categories! Kenzie must be happy xD)
    The Dufflepuds
    Pet

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  44. William Chad NewsomSeptember 9, 2022 at 8:46 PM

    I second:

    Gurgi (a cross between John Avery Whittaker and an Eewok [at least in the movie])
    Dufflepuds (Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

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