lindahoyland: (Healinghands)
For notes and disclaimer see Part 1.

oaths1_linda

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A/n The words of the oath (slightly altered) are taken from "The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.

Hulagu's culture is loosely based upon that of ancient Mongolia. A Noyan was a military commander or other high ranking official. Tengri was the supreme sky god.
lindahoyland: (Strange Stars)
oaths1_linda
Whose Service is perfect Freedom by Linda Hoyland


A young Easterling soldier is forced to swear an oath to Sauron.

Rating Part 1 - R. Part 2 PG

Warning contains themes including human sacrifice, which some readers might find disturbing.Readers wishing to skip dark themes can safely read part two.

The familiar characters and places belong to Tolkien and his heirs. Hulagu and his friends are my own invention. I make no money from writing this story.

"So to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom;" Augustine of Hippo.-Book of Common Prayer.


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lindahoyland: (Aragorn and Arwen)
waiting2_linda


Love’s Labour.

With grateful thanks to Raksha for plot assistance and Deandra for editing.

Rating PG

The characters belong to Tolkien and his heirs. This story was written for pleasure not profit.

A/n The bathing song is quoted directly from “The Lord of the Rings.” It is slightly altered.

This story was written for the Teitho “Waiting” Challenge where it was placed second.


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lindahoyland: (Ranger)
The Deepest Pain – Linda Hoyland.

Rating T

Aragorn receives his first battle wound.

These characters are J.R. R Tolkien's. I make no money from this story.
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A/n. Written for the Teitho "Pain" contest where it was unplaced.
lindahoyland: (Eldarion)
directions_linda

Finding the Way – Linda Hoyland
Rating K+
The familiar characters are the property of Tolkien and his heirs. This story is written for pleasure, not profit.
With thanks to Deandra.


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A/n.This story was written for the Teitho "Directions" contest where it was placed second.
lindahoyland: (N&N)
September is the month when most schools begin. And so it is fitting to have a theme about Knowledge for it.
We often take education for granted, but if you look at the world a few centuries ago, you can see what privilege it actually is. And Middle-earth is an equivalent of such a world. Unlike in our world though, there are different races - the immortal Elves carry the knowledge of millenia, and their dwellings are centres of culture and education. But even between the different kinds of Elves, there are differences - the mighty Noldor focused their knowledge on crafts and warfare, while the Vanyar living in Valinor love words and letters, and gather knowledge for knowledge itself. The Wood Elves who remained in Middle-earth are more practical, and know everything about their forests. It is a rule that the harsher the conditions a society lives in, the more it needs to focus on the knowledge connected with bare survival, and has less resources for art and culture.

And those were only the differences within the race of Elves. What about the mortal races of Men, Dwarves and Hobbits? What form did their eduacation have? Were there schools, or did they learn what they needed from their parents? Again it might depend on the class of society. While the nobles of Gondor might have private tutors, the farmers only learned what they needed for their work. And then there were some mortals who were lucky enough to be taught by Elves, like the Chieftains of the Dunedain, including Aragorn.

You may explore the topic of learning and teaching in any of these cultures. But knowledge does not have to be purely academic. "Knowledge is power", it is said, and it includes informations that can be used to one's advantage: the placement of enemy troops, the secrets that can be used for blackmailing... With gathering such knowledge, we enter the fascinating world of spies and spying - an ideal theme for a suspenseful story full of danger and adventure.

The deadline for this challenge is September 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!
lindahoyland: (Aragorn and Faramir)
Circles of the City – Linda Hoyland

Rating PG13

Aragorn and Faramir seek to help a mysterious woman

All familiar characters belong to Tolkien. Only the OCs are mine.


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A/n. Written for the Teitho “Circles” challenge where it was unplaced. You can read Uzza’s story in “The Revenger’s Tragedy” also on this site. "The Coiled Serpent" is mentioned in "Dies Irae".
lindahoyland: (Eldarion)
Wealth and Want – Linda Hoyland

"Wealth and want equally harden the human heart." - Theodore Parker

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – The Bible – Luke 6.38

Rating G

The named characters belong to Tolkien and his heirs. Only the OCs are mine.

With thanks to Deandra.

Written for the Teitho "Money" challenge where it was placed second.


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lindahoyland: (A/A)
Wedding Bell Blues by Raksha the Demon and Linda Hoyland

Rating PG

Disclaimer: The characters and places of the Lord of the Rings are the creation of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Written for the Teitho Alphabet Challenge


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Author's Note from Raksha: Frodo's line "Happy is the bridegroom the sun shines upon" is paraphrased (and slightly changed) from a line in the novel "Hornblower and the Hotspur."

Author's Note from Linda; I consider this story AU as in the book, the Hobbits seem to be unaware of Aragorn's impending marriage until Arwen actually arrives. This is a standalone story and not part of my usual interconnected series. I think only a select view knew of Arwen's impending arrival. I also think it highly unlikely Aragorn would over indulge the night before his bride arrived (unless of course nerves got the better of him.) This story was written for the "Teitho" Alphabet challenge, which I found almost impossible. The bulk of the story was skilfully written by Raksha.

I thought it would be seasonal to publish it now around the time of the wedding.

Arwen's arrival as imagined within my sub universe is described in "Somewhat Grim to look upon" from Pippin's point of view and the wedding from Aragorn's point of view in "I Do".
lindahoyland: (Aragorn and Faramir)
rainent

Silken Peril by Linda Hoyland

Rating T

Prompt - Faramir is poisoned by something meant to hurt Aragorn (food, drink, hidden needle, cloth soaked in something...) and Aragorn uses his power to heal him.

All recognisable characters are Tolkien's, not mine. I make no money from writing this.

Summary- A helpful gesture has dire consequences.


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A/n Written for the Teitho "Raiment" Challenge where it was placed third.
lindahoyland: (Aragorn and Arwen)
Under the Shadow of this Red Rock - Linda Hoyland.

sun

“And the dry stone no sound of water. Only

There is shadow under this red rock,

(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),

And I will show you something different from either

Your shadow at morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” – T.S. Eliot – The Wasteland.

With thanks to Raksha and Deandra.

Rating T

Tolkien owns any recognisable character in this story. Only the OC’s are mine. I make no money from writing this.

Summary – Aragorn burns in the heat of a cruel sun.



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A/n. Written for the Teitho “Sickness” challenge” where it was unplaced.
lindahoyland: (Thorongil)
The Rod and the Crown

Disclaimer: The characters are the property of the Tolkien Estate. No profit has been, nor will be made from this story.

Rating K+

Thorongil beholds some of Gondor's great heirlooms for the first time.

With thanks to Raksha and Deandra.

heirlooms
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A/n. Some descriptions are taken directly from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." This was written for the Teitho "Heirlooms" challenge where it was placed first.
lindahoyland: (Thorongil)
A Stranger in a Strange Land – by Linda Hoyland.

"I have been a stranger in a strange land." – The Bible.

Rating PG13

The canon characters are the property of the Tolkien Estate. No profit has been nor will be made from this story.

With thanks to Deandra and Inzilbeth.

Written for the Teitho "Out of Place" contest where it was unplaced.


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lindahoyland: (Ranger)
The Oak's Secret by Linda Hoyland

The characters are the property of the Tolkien Estate. No profit has been, nor will be made from this story.

PG

Aragorn pays tribute to the father he can scarce remember.

Written for the Teitho "Endings" challenge where it was unplaced. The events take place shortly after those in "Return to Rivendell."

With thanks to Deandra, Raksha and Elenbarathi for help with the inscription.

Based on a plot idea by [livejournal.com profile] shirebound and dedicated to her on the occasion of her birthday.


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lindahoyland: (N&N)
Raiment is our theme for the rainy month of April. Thanks to Wynja2007 for the suggestion!
Nobody walks around Middle-earth naked (even Gollum wears some sort of loin-cloth in the sake of decency), and so this month we would like to look closer at what the characters are wearing. Clothes make the man, it is said. In our case, they can also make an ELf, Dwarf or Hobbit. They can be a symbol of social status, or belonging to a certain culture. They can also be practical and suitable for various conditions - because social status won't protect you from a blizzard. In extreme circumstances, such clothes can be the difference between life and death, and this is valid also for armour.

As Wynja said in her suggestion, raiment can include any item of clothing; perhaps a piece of uniform, or a lost shoe... we all know what that did for Cinderella, but thinking in terms of Teitho, what went through the minds of the Company when the Mouth of Sauron held up Frodo's mithril coat? How would any of them fared without the mysterious aid of the cloaks of the Galadhrim?

You can also tackle the theme of missing clothing, and its embarrassing consequences. Did it get stolen or eaten by a goat? Time to find some fig leaves! But the question of nudity in different cultures can also be a serious one. So put on your writing (or drawing) cap, and show us what Tolkien's characters are wearing (or not)!

The deadline for this challenge is April 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderator,
lindahoyland: (Gilraen)
Estel's Unexpected Adventure – Linda Hoyland

G

The characters, apart from the kittens, belong to Tolkien. No money is being made from this story.

What could possibly go wrong when Gilraen asks Estel to keep an eye on a kitten?

With thanks to Deandra.

Written for the Teitho "Unexpected Adventures" challenge where it was placed second
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This the 1000th story to be submitted to Teitho.
http://teitho.waking-vision.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1000

adventure_linda

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lindahoyland: (N&N)
The Teitho stories are posted. There are a good many this month which is great.
http://teitho.waking-vision.com/modules.php?name=Intern&file=challenge119
Voting is open until the 17th.
lindahoyland: (Road)
Title; Men for all Seasons by Linda Hoyland

Rating; PG

Warning: Mention of character deaths

Disclaimer: Apart from my OC's, M-e and the characters belong to the Tolkien Estate. This story is written for pleasure not financial gain.

Summary ; The Dúnedain have known many leaders and reversals of fortune, but their courage and resilience endures.


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A/n. Tolkien only lists Arathorn and Aragorn as Chieftains. I have used my imagination to fill in the gaps who acted as leader while Aragorn grew up. A revised version of a story written for the "Teitho Weather Challenge" where it was unplaced. I owe my inspiration of Ranger culture to Cairistiona, Everleigh Bain and Suzelle. Do check out their stories if you love Rangers.
lindahoyland: (love Aragorn)
Once in a while, we have a little different challenge, not giving you a theme to write about, but a form that the story should be in. In October, it's time for such a form challenge again and it should be an Alphabet Story!
The rules are simple: the first sentence of your story should begin with the letter A. The second with the letter B, the third with C, etc. The story can have exactly 26 sentences, but it's not a requirement - you can stop at any letter you want, or even repeat the alphabet a few times in the story. You can write about any topic you want, even about someone learning the alphabet.

It is primarily a story-oriented challenge, but you can also draw a picture of it - the objects of the picture should be ordered alphabetically. You can for example draw the Fellowship, or Feanor's sons standing in alphabetic order.

The deadline for this challenge is October 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach
lindahoyland: (Thorongil)
The Ties that Bind by Linda Hoyland

Rated T for mild violence

Disclaimer: These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain.

With thanks to Raksha and Deandra for editorial assistance.

Written for the Teitho "Bonds" contest where it was unplaced.

"Blest be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above." – John Fawcett 1782


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