Silmarillion Award Winner

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Today I am pleased to hand over the microphone of my blog to a character I have always loved, and have grown to love even more in recent days (thanks to Richard Armitage). He will be presenting the tenth and final 2016 Silmaril for the Most Heart Wrenching Death Scene in all of fantasy. He is a character that needs no introduction, the character whose final words will always bring tears to my eyes, no matter how often I read them or hear them said.

There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in some measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell.

He strides across the raised platform, a shorter figure than most of the other presenters we have seen, save Bilbo and Samwise, but no less noble. His shoulders are broad and he makes his way to the podium with a kingly presence. He is dressed, not in his cloak with the sky-blue hood, but in his full kingly raiment.

“Good morning,” he says, his voice soft and low.

The audience hushes, eyes expectant. Thorin — for it is none other than Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain — pauses, and the glimmer of a smile crosses his face.

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“Today marks a momentous occasion. It is the day I have the honor and privilege of presenting the tenth and final Silmaril.”

Applause

He continues, “We have seen many worthy winners cross this platform in the past two weeks,” he begins, “heroes, stories of redemption, bards, men of both wise and eccentric caliber, memorable weapons, loyal friends, swift and true mounts, and even worthy villains…”

There are many cheers (and a few boos at the mention of villains…

Thorin waits patiently. “But today we are gathered to celebrate a more somber occasion. This Silmaril was created with the intent to honor a character whose death scene not only impacted the hearts of its audience for a moment, but which stayed with them even after the book was closed.”

An expectant hush falls over the audience. A few silent tears trickle down several faces at the memory of beloved characters whose deaths caused the kind of sorrow of which Thorin is speaking.

He pauses, then continues, “A death so poignant in its sorrow that it cannot be shaken away simply because it is fictional. There were forty-three worthy characters nominated for this award…”

A few gasps ripple through the audience. Such tragedy.

But in the end only one character could be chosen. I find it extremely fitting to present this award today to a character who is so obviously beloved. He comes from a story many of you read as children. His death shattered your hearts, not just because of the sadness you experienced at his passing, but because of how much his death meant. For this character was not killed in battle, nor did he die of old age or some other malady. No. This character made the ultimate sacrifice, offering his own life for another’s. And not just any other’s… but a traitor’s. Even as children, the depth of that sacrifice was not lost on you… it resonated within your soul… and pointed to the sacrifice of an Other, whose death was not fictional, and far more personally impactful.” Another small smile flickers across his expression. “And so, without further ado, I am pleased to present this year’s Most Heart Wrenching Death Silmaril to…. Aslan, the Great Lion, Son of the Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea!”

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An enormous lion paces majestically up onto the stage, his fur glinting golden in the spotlights. He nods his massive head to Thorin. “Thank you for this award, noble Dwarf,” he says, his voice like the rumble of thunder and the crashing of the waves upon the shore. “I will bear it well.”

Thorin bows and presents the award, which Aslan manages to carry away from the podium in his teeth without making it look silly. I’m not sure how he does that, but because it’s Aslan, it might just be the most noble thing I’ve ever seen.

Many congratulations to Aslan, the only character to win TWO Silmarils this year. Perhaps we can convince him to return next year as a presenter?

And that concludes the 2016 Silmarillion Awards! I sincerely hope you all had as much fun with this as I did! Many thanks to all who nominated, shared, voted, or otherwise participated! Don’t forget that tomorrow is the Online Celebration of Lord of the Rings’ 62nd Birthday! If you have a post to share for the celebration, make sure you put it in the link-up below so we can all stop by and see it!

~ jenelle

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DJ Edwardson

If anyone deserved multiple silmarils it was Aslan. I love the reverence and somber tone of this presentation. And the reminder of why Aslan’s death meant so much is much appreciated.

Sad we won’t be getting any more awards. But looking forward to the celebration tomorrow!

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jenelle

I can’t think of a more worthy fantasy recipient. Looking forward to next year! Going to have to disqualify Narnia from taking over again, I think ;)

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Susanna

Absolutely appropriate! Well written and I could literally hear the drum roll. How fitting to have Thorin Oakenshield introduce and present to Aslan. Thankful that Thorin gave such a beautiful description of the great lion and how it reminds of of The One who sacrificed once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous. Not a dry eye here as we enthusiastically and applaud Aslan as we bear witness to this much Aslan’s beloved character qualities continue even as a recipient of this award. :-)
Enjoyed this very much DJ and Jenelle.

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madelinejrose

This was amazing, Jenelle! I really felt like I was there in the audience. :) And how fitting that Aslan should win. Three cheers! :D
And thank you so much for letting me be a part of this wonderful ceremony! Can’t wait to see what next year holds! :)

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jenelle

Thanks, Madeline! So glad you could be a part of this! I can’t wait for next year’s Silmarillion Awards, either!

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Christine

I may have made a few quiet squeaking noises to myself while reading your beautiful words about Thorin and his death. (And that gif did NOT help, missy!)

Gracious, 43 nominations? SO MANY DEATHS. D’:

But much applause to Aslan! Definitely the most impactful death I’ve ever read. And congrats to him for winning TWO awards. But of course he’s utterly deserving of it. :’)

The entire Silmarillion Awards has been utterly amazing! I’ve had an absolute blast with it and am sad to see it end. At least there’s still the LotR party tomorrow! :D You and DJ Edwardson deserve an award yourselves for putting on this whole awesome thing!! Thank you both! It’s been wonderful.

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jenelle

Awwww, your comment made me so happy!!!

Yeah, I counted twice, but 43! Craziness!

Glad you enjoyed the event! I can’t wait to have it again next year!

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E. E. Rawls

This was great, Jenelle! I’m happily surprised that it was Thorin presenting this award. :) You captured his personality well!
And cheers for Aslan! I can’t imagine anyone more deserving to win. His death scene was one that certainly stayed with me back when I read Narnia.
Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this Silmaril event, Jenelle! I look forward to what next year will bring. :)

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Anna S. Brie

Aslan got two Silmarils?
Narnia is so widely read that the competition was hardly fair. But I suppose that can’t be helped. I don’t want to have to read all the books, so I doubt others would.
And in the end it doesn’t matter. You’re not saying that people can’t find any other more heart wrenching.

Could we see how the votes were distributed? And I would like to know who some of the other nominated were.

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jenelle

On the one hand I was very surprised at how much Narnia nearly swept (with the exception of Robin Hood sneaking in there and stealing Most Epic Hero (which is both extremely appropriate and also kind of made Peter mad (though Lucy was excited for him, she says she always loved Robin Hood anyway))) the Awards… and yet, in hindsight it really isn’t surprising at all.

The Silmarils are for Life, so next year all these characters will be ineligible for nomination anyway… and we can make room for some new winners. It will be fun to see some different competition next year.

You can see all the nominations in the comments of this post: http://jenelleschmidt.com/silmarillion-awards-2016/ (I had a spreadsheet of all of them, but accidentally closed it without saving after I figured out who the top five were)

And the voting distribution (which I tried to work into the post but it absolutely did not seem to fit nicely anywhere):
Aslan (Chronicles of Narnia) 51 / 42%
Janner (Wingfeather Saga) 25 / 21%
Sirius Black (Harry Potter series) 20 / 17%
William (Ilyon Chronicles) 15 / 12%
Esben (Wingfeather Saga) 10 / 8%

So Aslan definitely won this one by a landslide!

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proverbs31teen

Good for Aslan! Although I think Lewis’s characters shouldn’t be allowed to compete next year, since they won almost every one of these awards… XD

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jenelle

Yep! The Silmarils are for Life, so all of these characters are ineligible next year automatically. We may have the winners present the awards they won to the new winners next year… we shall see….

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Abbey

Wow, I wasn’t expecting someone to win two awards! Congratulations to Aslan! He’s going to have a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle.
Wonderfully written, Jenelle… er, should I say, wonderfully presented, Thorin!

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Deborah O'Carroll

Hurray! Loved this post — awesomely written. :D Yay for Thorin and Aslan. :)

““A death so poignant in its sorrow that it cannot be shaken away simply because it is fictional.” YES TO THAT.

Aaaand with that, all the awards have been posted! O_O I can’t believe we’re at the end… but it’s been SO fun! :D Thanks for co-hosting the awards, Jenelle! I’ve so enjoyed this event! I loved getting up each morning with a new LOTR ish post awaiting me. ^_^

*goes to peruse the rest of the linkup posts*

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jenelle

Thanks, Deborah! :-D :-D

I’ve been having such a fun summer with all of these posts and new awards being presented each day the last two weeks!!! So sad it’s over… but looking forward to next year!

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Tracey Dyck

What a beautiful, appropriately solemn post, Jenelle! And how perfect that Aslan won two Silmarils. (Somehow I’d forgotten that Thorin would be the one presenting this. It turned out wonderfully.)

Hard to believe the Silmarillion Awards are done for the year! Thanks again for everything. ^_^

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