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The assignments have been sent out! [Nov. 18th, 2017|07:31 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

All assignments have been sent out today, so please check your email.

If you haven't received an assignment, check the spam folder just in case. You can also find your assignment on the lefthand side of your AO3 dashboard, under "My Assignments".

You can find the dates and rules in this post. If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please don't hesitate to contact the mods, caras_galadhon and empy.

Happy writing!
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LotR SeSa signups close on Thursday! [Nov. 14th, 2017|08:40 pm]
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Currently, we have seven people signed up, and while small and intimate exchanges are wonderful in their own right, we're firm believers in "the more, the merrier". ;) So why not join us if you already haven't done so, and why not tell a friend?

The sign up form can be found HERE (or here if the main link gives you an error message). If you need help with signing up, please don't hesitate to contact the mods.

If you want to view the exchange tagset in an easier-to-read format than the list on the signup page, then you can find it here.

The full signup post (with the full set of rules) can be found here

The timeline is as follows:
- Signups: November 6th to 16th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 17th.

- Assignments due: December 17th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 24th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 1st.
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LotR Secret Santa 2017 signups are OPEN! [Nov. 6th, 2017|07:38 pm]
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Greetings from your friendly neighbourhood elves! (Hopefully of the Tolkien variety rather than the tiny and twee North Pole type. ^_~)

So, it's that time of the year again: time to sign up for the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa exchange! Slash, femslash, het and gen, fic and fanart; you can request it all, so why not join in? Sign-ups will run from now until November 16th.

Previous years' stories and art can be found, as usual, via the website (up until 2009) or this community (up to 2014). The 2015 and 2016 stories can be found on the AO3.

Please note that this is an FPF challenge. (i.e. Fictional, not real people fiction/RPF.)

We're always open to all the Peoples and Ages of Middle-earth, which means that characters from The Hobbit are welcome too! There is one minor change to the signups this year: we have created a tag set in order to streamline the matching. If you find an error in the set, please let us know! If you feel that a character should be added, contact the mods and we will see if we can accommodate the request.

When signing up, either start typing the name of the character (a dropdown menu will appear) or click the "List 107 characters" button to display all the available tags (which have been stripped down in the interest of clarity: for example, Fingon is listed as just Fingon instead of Fingon|Findekáno).

The Rules (2017):
1. Your story (or fanart) is due December 17th 11:59 pm Pacific Time (you can check what that is in your time zone here) and will go online December 24th -- please post it to the community (and nowhere else, until January 1st) and we will make it public on Christmas Eve.

2. Naturally, it'd be better if you didn't talk too much about your fic/art beforehand in places where your recipient could see it. Also, as a matter of fairness, please make your story more than 500 words (1000 is better). For fanart we'd expect you to spend at least a couple of hours on your work.

3. Please only sign up if you plan on actually fulfilling your end of the bargain. If you're going to be late or cannot complete your assignment, please let us know so we can discuss alternate arrangements. In addition, there will be a pool of emergency replacement writers/artists, so that everyone who signs up gets their gift.

4. Signing up: the sign up form can be found here (or here if the main link gives you an error message). If you need help with signing up, please don't hesitate to contact the mods.

5. This year's timeline (2017):
- Signups: November 6th to 16th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 17th.

- Assignments due: December 17th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 24th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 1st.
6. When you're done, please add your story/art to the collection on AO3. All gifts will be revealed on December 24th.

That should be it. Assignments will be sent out shortly after signups close, hopefully on or very shortly after November 17th, giving you approximately four and a half weeks to finish your assignment. We realize that it's not possible that everyone gets to write their OTP, but we'll do our best to make sure you don't have to write something that squicks you, so be sure to let us know your preferences.

Have fun -- and spread the word!
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LotR SeSa 2017 is almost upon us! Help us by suggesting character tags! [Oct. 29th, 2017|09:35 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

It's nearly that time of year again! Time for lotr_sesa, that is. Are you as excited as we are?

In preparation for this year's round, and in the interest of streamlining the matching process, we the mods (caras_galadhon and empy) have decided to create a tag set for the challenge. What this means is that when signing up over on the AO3, you will be able to choose characters from a set list.

Because we value all feedback from our participants and to make sure we have a picture of the characters likely to be requested, we're opening the floor (erm, the comment section ;) ) to tag suggestions. Please feel free to comment with which characters you would like to see in the tag set! You can suggest as many characters as you like.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments. :)
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Masterlist for the 2016 round of the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa exchange [Dec. 25th, 2016|08:13 pm]
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The Lord of the Rings Secret Santa 2016 stories have been revealed! There are 14 stories in the collection on AO3 and one here on LJ (due to unforeseen technical issues), and the mods would like to thank all of our writers and artists, as well as extend an extra huge thanks to our pinch hitters, who stepped in on short notice and did a sterling job. We couldn't have done this without you!

The writers will be revealed on January 1st, which is why there are no author names (bar for the one posted here on LJ) listed in this masterlist.

A note on feedback: The minimum amount of feedback required remains a comment thanking your author/artist for creating a story/piece of art for you. Kudos are nice, of course, but as this is a gift exchange, the rule of thumb is this: You receive a gift, you say thanks. So please, leave feedback for your writer and on the stories that tickled your fancy!


Into the Wild Woods (Aragorn, Faramir; rated Mature) for Dunderklumpen

Burden of Destiny (Elrond, Glorfindel; Gen) for Lynndyre

Captains of Doriath (Mablung and Beleg; fanart; Gen) for StarSpray

Growing My Own Wings (Elladan/Legolas; rated G) for LaSamtyr

Jewels of the Heart (Fëanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Curufin, Amras, Amrod, Celegorm, Caranthir; rated Teens) for Azzy_Darling

Reprieve (Glorfindel/Thranduil; rated Mature) for Elladansgirl

The Best Laid Plans (Fëanor/Nerdanel; rated Teens) for Isilloth

Yule Celebration (Beleg/Mablung; Gen) for Talullah

Breath of Winter (Gimli/Legolas; fanart) for Galadriel

Cannot Be Broken (Thorin/Thranduil; rated Explicit) for Savageseraph

Fragile Lives (Aragorn and Legolas; Gen) for exchange defaulter

Hurried (Bard/Thranduil; rated R) for Empy

Unsigned and Unsealed (Bard/Thranduil; rated Teens) for Monkianen

It's All In the Air (Ori/Thorin; rated G) for mm8

Seasons of Sunlight (Glorfindel, Elrond, Nellas, Cirdan, Gandalf, Saruman; Gen) for Lynndyre
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FIC: hurried. Bard/Thranduil, R (Gift for Empy) [Dec. 25th, 2016|01:15 am]
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Title: hurried
Author: mahmfic
Fandom: Hobbit
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Bard/Thranduil
Rating: R.
Word Count: approx. 670
Warnings: No plot. Just frottage, groping, and kissing in public.
Notes: Written for Empy for the 2016 round of LOTR-SESA. Happy hols darling! Apparently my internet and computer really hates me.
Summary: Bard and Thranduil randomly make out in public.
Disclaimer: I do not own The Hobbit.

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[Mod Post] Last Minute Backup Writer Needed! [Dec. 20th, 2016|09:33 pm]
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We are in dire need of a backup writer with solid, comprehensive book knowledge (Silm or LotR) for a gen, m/m or m/f fic. We only have a couple days left, and will not be able to proceed with the reveals until everyone has a story/piece of art awaiting them.

As with the rest of the exchange, you need to have an AO3 account, so we can properly assign the recipient to you.

Anyone up for the challenge? Leave a comment with your AO3 username here (comments screened), or PM myself and/or empy and we'll work out the details.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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[Mod Post] Beta Needed! [Dec. 14th, 2016|03:14 pm]
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Hello, folks!

We're currently looking for a beta with First Age knowledge for one of our participants. The ideal beta will have good grammar/spelling/editing skills, as well as be able to competently discuss content and characterization.

If you fit the bill and are willing to help, please leave a comment below with your email (all comments screened), and I'll hook you up with the writer!

Thanks! I hope SeSa is going smoothly for everyone so far!
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[Mod Post] Assignments are out! [Nov. 21st, 2016|09:32 pm]
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As of an half an hour ago, all assignments have been sent! Please check your email, or log into your AO3 account and check the link available on your Assignments page!

(Your AO3 Assignments page can be reached by replacing "[USERNAME]" with your AO3 user name in the following URL: archiveofourown.org/users/[USERNAME]/assignments OR by clicking on the "Assignments" link on your Dashboard.)

We tried very hard to make sure everyone got the best assignment possible, but of course not everything is going to be a 100% perfect match. Please let us know if you have any concerns.


    - Fics/art are due Dec. 17. You may post to the AO3 collection at any time, as your submission will be hidden until Dec. 24.
    - On Jan. 1, you can post your story/art wherever you like (but not before, please).
    - Fics should be at least 500 words long (1000 is better), artwork at least a couple hours' work.
    - You are only required to fulfil 1 of your recipient's requests. As many people have provided a variety of options in each request, choose the parts you're most comfortable with.
    - Please use the AO3's ratings/warnings and try to get your written work beta'd. In a pinch, we may be able to find you a beta reader.
    - Please don't discuss your assignment anywhere your recipient might see and remember to thank your giver once the fics/art are in.
    - If you find yourself in a position of having to withdraw from the exchange, please let us know as early as possible so we can reassign your prompt.


    If you look at your Assignments page on the AO3, there will be two buttons under your Lord of the Rings Secret Santa 2016 assignment: Fulfill and Default. Clicking on "Fulfill" will allow you to submit your story/art to the LotR SeSa exchange easily, as it will auto-fill a few key fields, including which assignment it is for, which collection it belongs in, and your recipient's name. This is the best way to go about submitting your work for the exchange.

    You can also post directly to the exchange collection by using the "Post to Collection" button available on LotR SeSa's AO3 profile page, although that will not auto-fill the same fields for you.
Thanks! If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know (either by commenting on this post (comments are screened) or sending me (empy) a PM). We look forward to your submissions and hope you enjoy the exchange!
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LotR SeSa signups close TODAY! [Nov. 15th, 2016|09:12 am]
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There's still time to sign up for the 2016 round of Lord of the Rings Secret Santa! Signups close at midnight PST on the 15th.

You can find the rules here.

The important dates are:
- Signups: November 4th to 15th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 16th.

- Assignments due: December 17th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 24th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 1st.

You can sign up HERE.
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