The Silmarillion Awards 2016

The Silmarillion Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for fantasy. Ten awards will be presented in different categories during the last two weeks of July. Your votes will determine the finalists and ultimate winners.
on Jun 21, 2016 · 7 comments

Have you ever wanted to show appreciation for your favorite fantasy characters?

Or celebrate the awesomeness of fantasy?

Now you have the chance with the first ever Silmarillion Awards.

This idea was cooked up by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

Created by DJ Edwardson

Created by DJ Edwardson

Being the fantasy giant it is, The Lord of the Rings has an unfair advantage. To make things a bit more interesting, The Silmarillion Awards will have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

Ten authors will each be hosting the presentation of these awards, called Silmarils, on their blogs towards the end of July.

But for the awards to work, YOUR involvement is needed! Starting June 20th and proceeding through July 1st, the nomination period for each award will be open. Please visit the participating bloggers (found in the list below), read the descriptions of the awards, and make your nominations!

Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. The 5 characters with the most “seconds” will move on to the final voting period that will take place between July 4th – 13th, so you may also “third,” “fourth,” “fifth,” etc. any nominations you particularly like.

Here’s what you need to know:

1) Please do not nominate anything from one of your OWN books!

2) You may nominate a character AND second, third, fourth a character… but please only vote once. (i.e. You cannot nominate a character and then also second that same character).

3) Please share about the Silmarillion Awards on social media to spread the excitement far and wide across Middle Earth. Use the hashtag: #silmawards2016 wherever possible!

4) Don’t nominate a Tolkien character for the awards, as the characters presenting the awards are already the standard for each award.

5) Don’t stress if a character you nominate doesn’t win this year. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition, and these awards are LIFETIME AWARDS, meaning that they cannot be won by the same character more than once!

Official Schedule:

Phase 1 – June 20-July 1: Award nominations open

Phase 2 – July 4: the final nominees will be announced and voting will open and last through July 14th

Phase 3 – July 16-28: Presentation of the awards, 1 per day, each award will be hosted on a different blog each day

Phase 4 – Celebration! July 29th was the official publication date of the Lord of the Rings back in 1954. We invite you all to celebrate with us the 62nd birthday of this masterpiece of Fantasy Fiction. Congratulate the winners, take and post a photo of yourselves with LOTR paraphernalia, write a blog post about your favorite LOTR moment, scene, character, quote, or memory… get creative and have fun!

Behold, the list of blogs where you can get in on the fun.


Zachary Totah writes speculative fiction stories. This allows him to roam through his imagination, where he has illegal amounts of fun creating worlds and characters to populate them. When not working on stories or wading through schoolwork, he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with his family and friends, watching movies, and reading. He lives in Colorado and doesn't drink coffee. He loves connecting with other readers and writers. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Goodreads, and at his website.
  1. Kat Vinson says:

    What about the Most Mischievous Pair of Sidekicks award? I’d nominate Inigo Montoya & Fezzik. 😉

  2. Lisa says:

    Looks like fun!

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