Life is not just about the things one does, it’s also about the journey. Sometimes the road is easy, other times it’s fraught with hardship and pains, but every step along the way helps shape our fate. The funny thing is that sometimes we get presented with a path that we never saw coming.
Caelita had watched the Games from her spot in the stands. The high vantage point allowed her a good view of the entire ground and she spotted Na’Rayh almost immediately. Comparing him to the others, the Princess wasn’t sure what to think. While Na’Rayh was a good size, there were other men who looked bigger and taller. Fortunately size wasn’t the main thing that granted a person victory in battle.
As the Game played out Caelita kept her eyes on him. At first she was fearful but as Na’Rayh took down one opponent after another she began to have hope. While she felt grieved as dead bodies began to riddle the coliseum floor she was happy none of them were his. Perhaps the gods had heard her prayers after all.
Na’Rayh spent the next two days housed in the barracks of the coliseum with the other participants in the Game. Sparring drills took place at various times during the day and they were encouraged to use that time to go up against each other and train. Many did but not Na’Rayh. He had trained enough during his travels and the only thing sparring accomplished was giving away any advantage a person had. So instead he stood off to the side and watched. He studied their moves and looked for any weaknesses that would help save his life.
With the eclectic mix of participants Na’Rayh saw some styles he recognized from his travels and others he did not. Sometimes a real fight broke out during a spars and a person would get severely injured and request to be taken off the list. That was the only way to leave the list with honor.
The land was a buzz of activity as people from all over the realms made their way to the City of Razin for the festivities. In three days Princess Caelita would be crowned Queen and take the place of her ailing father. In the tradition of their people, criminals of lesser crimes would be pardoned and released from prison and the grand feast would be open to all. Though many were excited about the feast, the greatest excitement surrounded talk about the Games.
Caelita stood at one of the windows of the South Gate and watched the people milling about the city. Her ladies were gathered around the next window, huddled together and giggling amongst themselves, a stark contrast to the frown etching itself over the Princesses features. “I don’t understand how you all can be so cheery,” she said.
A celebration of the work of the great fantasy writer – JRR Tolkien.
Every year at the Faire (well, for the last three years), we celebrate the work of a great Fantasy writer.
The first year, we celebrated the great Sir Terry Pratchett, who had recently died. And last year we celebrated another author who had died a rather longer time ago – William Shakespeare – on the 400th year anniversary of his death.
This year we are celebrating not the anniversary of the death – but the anniversary of a publication that was to have a huge influence on Fantasy – JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the first entry into the world of Middle Earth that was later to lead to the hugely influential trilogy – The Lord of the Rings.
And we have a fabulous region, created by Kilik Lekvoda, where we can celebrate – the hobbit-inspired land of The Hill!
We’ll be celebrating today with a series of events and a party – do come and join us.
10:00 – 11:00 AM SLT: NaPoWriMo: Fantasy Writing Prompts – Adele Ward This will be moving from the Writing Room in the LitFest area at Kakushi Pasu to the party field at The Hill just for today. Adele Ward will be leading it, giving out a Tolkien-themed Fantasy Writing Prompt to inspire you to write a short poem or a short story.
1:00 – 2:00 PM SLT: Tolkien Goes Partying – Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower We all think of J.R.R. Tolkien as a scholarly gentleman with a penchant for language and myth. Come to realize, there’s some pretty great parties to be found in his published works. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra present “An Unexpecting Party” (from The Hobbit) and “A Long-Expected Party” (from The Fellowship of the Ring) in voice.
2:00 PM SLT: An Unexpected Party – And this time it’s our party – to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. And there will be dancing. And Fireworks. (And possibly Hobbit Feet).
7:00 – 8:00 PM SLT: A Walk through Middle Earth – Seanchai Library Seanchai Library takes you on a walk through Middle Earth, with selections from different episodes in the The Lord of the Rings cycle. Shandon Loring, Corwyn Allen, Aoife Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.
We will be visiting Fallen Sands Monday, April 24th @ 5pm & 8pm SLT Tuesday, April 25th @ Noon SLT
Fallen Sands (Sweetgwendoline Bailey/Eldowyn Inshan) Steampunk in a desert landscape where the Orient and Arabia via for dominance. Exotic plants of alien origin turn the sands into an oasis of life where the turquoise water is the treasure of fountains and the infinite pearls of tan fall to mark the passage of time in this eternal city. https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/fallen-sands/
Please note: you do not need to use any of these ideas; feel free to write about anything in this region.
A land where the elephants call and a classroom awaits inside a dark cave.
Even the gates to this land are beautiful but who might live and work in such a realm?
The sand coats everything, who keeps the machinery working?
What might happen if a machine clogs up and fails?
Participants are invited to submit pieces written as part of LitFest Tours, or inspired by the Faire Lands, to be included in “Tales from the Fairelands” on the Fantasy Faire website and possibly to be read on Fantasy Faire Radio by yourself or one of our volunteers.
Work may be submitted at any time during the Faire, and we recommend that it be submitted by 11pm the day after each destination cycle has been completed in order to be considered for inclusion in “Tales of the Faire Lands” posts while the Faire is open. Individual writers retain creative ownership of works submitted.