- May 11, 2002
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Here is the place where the gifted writers of TTF can wield their mighty gifts and fill out those stories that have been placed in the scheme, and sketched, by JRR Tolkien.JRR Tolkien: "Do not laugh! But one upon a time I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and consmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy-story - the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendour from the vast backcloths - which I could dedicate simply to: to England; to my country. .... I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama. Absurd." (Letter 131 to Milton Waldman).
Suggested formats: prose, poetry, screenplay/audioplay etc.
I would suggest that the accounts only contain characters that would legitimately enter the story from the existing Legendarium ... No invented Elf leaping to the rescue, or fake antagonist to stir up the trouble. Clearly, though, some stories would need invented characters. For instance, we only know the names of the protagonists in the later battles for Erebor, Esgaroth and Dale, and some invention would be needed if the glamhoth were to be any more than a dark wave of evil beings of whom no detail was given. It is in the skill of writing such characters without upsetting the histories that would be the big challenge.
If this thread is much used, we could have themes or competitions for the writing up of a particular background sketch.