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The assignments have been sent out! [Nov. 17th, 2018|03:06 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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All assignments have been sent out a little over 24 hours ago, 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. You can leave a comment on this post (all comments are screened) send us a PM or email us at lotrsesa[AT)gmail.com

Happy writing!
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[Mod Post] LotR SeSa 2018 signups close TODAY! [Nov. 11th, 2018|11:34 am]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

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Heads-up: sign-ups for the 2018 round of lotr_sesa close at midnight PST TODAY! (There is a countdown timer here if you're in another time zone or simply enjoy watching it tick down. ;) )
Currently, we have ten 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 rules can be found in this post.

Timeline (2018):
- Signups: November 2nd to 11th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 14th.

- Assignments due: December 20th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 28th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 3rd.

Sign up on AO3 HERE

You can also find us on Tumblr and Dreamwidth
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LotR SeSa 2018 signups close in THREE DAYS! [Nov. 8th, 2018|08:52 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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Heads-up: there's a little over THREE DAYS left to sign up for the 2018 round of lotr_sesa! 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 rules can be found in this post.

Timeline (2018):
- Signups: November 2nd to 11th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 14th.

- Assignments due: December 20th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 28th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 3rd.

Sign up on AO3 HERE.

You can also find us on Tumblr and Dreamwidth.
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[Mod Post] LotR SeSa 2018 signups are OPEN! [Nov. 3rd, 2018|05:14 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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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 11th.

Previous years' stories and art can be found, as usual, via the website (up until 2009) or the lotr_sesa community (up to 2014). The 2015, 2016 and 2017 stories can be found on the AO3.

While this is the main community, you can now also find us on tumblr and on Dreamwidth. You can also email the mods at lotrsesa[AT]gmail.com.

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!

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 (2018):
1. Your story (or fanart) is due December 20th 11:59 pm Pacific Time (you can check what that is in your time zone here) and will go online December 28th -- please post it to the community (and nowhere else, until January 3rd) and we will make it public on December 28th.

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 (2018):
- Signups: November 2nd to 11th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 14th.

- Assignments due: December 20th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 28th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 3rd.
6. When you're done, please add your story/art to the collection on AO3. All gifts will be revealed on December 28th.

That should be it. Assignments will be sent out shortly after signups close, hopefully on or very shortly after November 14th, giving you approximately five 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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Masterlist for the 2017 round of the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa Exchange [Jan. 1st, 2018|09:29 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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Here are the two pieces of fanart and the fourteen stories posted in the 2017 round of lotr_sesa. (All of the stories and fanart can be found in the collection over on AO3.) Thank you to all of our participants both for producing such wonderful fiction and art and for bearing with the mods during a few slight technical hitches!

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/artist and on the works that tickled your fancy!


MASTERLIST 2017

Art

A Mannish Yuletide by Fernstrike for Talullah
Rated G; Finrod, Bëor the Old; Art

Consultation by lynndyre for Empy
Rated G; Elrond/Glorfindel; Art
Even the Wise need someone to talk things through with.


Dwarves

A Reason To Stay by Lunarium for lferion
Rated G; Bifur, Bofur, Bombur
By rights, they shouldn't be here. Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli give them a reason to stay.

with sweetness and light by gooseberry for Lunarium
Rated G; Ori, Nori, Balin, OMCs, Dori
In which Ori joins Balin's Company, goes to Khazad-dum, writes letters to Dori, and basically loses his mind because of Khazad-dum. It's a lot of sad, gothic-y, vaguely creepy thoughts about Khazad-dum, and how places are haunted by the events that transpire within them. TA 2989-2994.


Elves

By the Mirrormere by Talullah for Melime
Rated PG-13; Legolas/Tauriel, Gimli/Legolas
Legolas stops at the Mirrormere twice.

Now That Mommy's Not Around by monkiainen for amyfortuna
Rated R; Elladan/Elrohir
When their plans of Orc hunting are postponed because of a major snowstorm, Elladan and Elrohir must face something neither of them has dared to voice alive for centuries.

Sanctuary by Empy for Elleth
Rated PG-13; Arwen/Tauriel
In some hidden part of her heart she thinks of it as a new home, a sanctuary filled with starlight.

Strategy and Surrender by Savageseraph for monkiainen
Rated R; Elrond/Legolas
Letting pride keep you from many things that could bring contentment or joy was a mistake Elrond tried not to make.


Interspecies/Other

A Breath of Fresh Air by lferion for Naegling
Rated G; Gimli, Legolas
Gimli, trees, and fresh air.

A Stolen Moment by amyfortuna for Savageseraph
Rated NC-17; Aragorn/Arwen
On the night before the Fellowship sets out from Imladris, Arwen slips into Aragorn's bedroom.

Uprooted by Naegling for Zana
Rated G; Legolas/Gimli
Legolas and Gimli meet at a crossroad and take a trip together. Trees give well meaning advice, and the stars are beautiftul.


Men

Brothers! by Zana for Fernstrike
Rated G; Aragorn/Arwen, Faramir/Eowyn
Queen Arwen helps Lady Eowyn, and finds her own voice in the process.

The Clear Ringing of Trumpets by Galadriel for lynndyre
Rated G; Faramir, Aragorn
Plagued by a reoccurring dream, Faramir finds himself sharing the night air with his new King.

The Fair by Alex_Quine for Galadriel
Rated PG-13; Aragorn/Boromir
A bitter frost has the Two Kingdoms in its grasp and King and Steward are on an unexpected journey.

Lies a Long Shadow by Elleth for gooseberry
Rated G; Malbeth/Firiel
Under the growing shadows of Angmar and amid her prophecies, Malbeth loves Fíriel and bides her time.

Rock below, snow above by Melime for Alex_Quine
Rated G; Aragorn/Boromir
A sudden blizzard traps Aragorn and Boromir inside the ruins of an ancient castle.
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ONE WEEK to go! [Dec. 11th, 2017|07:42 am]
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empy
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The LotR SeSa 2017 posting deadline is in one week! (You can find the posting details and important dates in this post.)

We hope all the writing is going well!
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The assignments have been sent out! [Nov. 18th, 2017|07:31 pm]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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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]
Lord of the Rings Secret Santa

empy
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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 AO3 (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

empy
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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