A character-based Tolkien fandom gift exchange.
"And yet their labour was not all in vain; and though nowhere and in no work was their will and purpose wholly fulfilled, and all things were in hue and shape other than the Valar had at first intended, slowly nonetheless the Earth was fashioned and made firm. And thus was the habitation of the Children of Ilúvatar established at the last in the Deeps of Time and amidst the innumerable stars."
- Ainulindale, The Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien
(Closed, Unmoderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)
About Innumerable Stars (Innumerable_Stars)
Love some of Tolkien's characters and think they don't get half as much attention as they deserve? Here's your chance to help remedy that!
This gift exchange focuses on individual characters, not pairings or relationships.
What 'fandoms' are eligible to nominate characters in?
The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-earth - JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Smith of Wootton Major - JRR Tolkien
Leaf by Niggle - JRR Tolkien
Farmer Giles of Ham - JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit (Jackson Movies)
Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Shadow of Mordor - Video Game
The Lord of the Rings Online
Please do not nominate anything under All Media Types.
Can we nominate the same character under different 'fandoms' - i.e., can Aragorn be nominated under both 'The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien' and 'Lord of the Rings (Movies)'?
Yes. We want to keep the books and movies separate for this exchange, so if you would be happy to see Aragorn, for instance, in fic or art involving either book canon or movie canon, please nominate him (separately) under both. You would nominate him like this to differentiate:
For book-based fandoms: Aragorn (Tolkien)
For movie-based fandoms: Aragorn (Jackson)
For Shadow of Mordor: Aragorn (SoM)
For Lord of the Rings Online: Aragorn (LOTRO)
AO3 will not let you nominate a character under two different fandoms if you have not differentiated them.
How do I nominate?
Go to the Tag Set and click on My Nominations. Fill in the first 'fandom' you want from the list above - it will auto-complete after a moment. Add up to 10 characters you want to request and/or offer in that 'fandom'. You may nominate in up to 5 'fandoms'. If you are nominating a character who appears in multiple canons, do so by adding (Tolkien) for a book canon, (Jackson) for a movie canon, (SoM) for Shadow of Mordor, and (LOTRO) for Lord of the Rings Online. See the tag set for examples of ones that have already been added.
Can I nominate relationships or pairings?
No, only characters. When you sign up, you will be able to select what category or categories of fic or art you would like - m/m, f/f, f/m, gen, other, or multi. This should mean you will receive the kind of fic or art you'd prefer to offer or request.
How do offers and requests work for this exchange?
Most exchanges have you sign up to write or receive relationships or pairings, but this exchange is all about individual characters.
Once nominations are complete, when you go to the signup form, you will be able to pick the fandom you want your characters to come from, then the characters themselves. You'll be able to choose a minimum of 3 fandoms and a maximum of 10, and you will be able to repeat fandoms. As you choose the characters you want, you will also be asked to pick the category or categories of fic you would like to offer or receive - gen, m/m, f/f, f/m, multi, or other. You will be able to pick 'any' for the category if you have no preference.
For instance, if you want fic or art about Celebrimbor, you can pick The Silmarillionor Shadow of Mordor as fandoms, then enter Celebrimbor as your character. If you only want to receive gen or het for him, you would then tick the f/m and gen boxes. Then you would tick 'any' for the Fic or Art boxes.
Then you would move on to your next fandom and character. Let's say you wanted to see fic about Aragorn, but you definitely only wanted fic based on the books, not the movies. You would pick Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien as the fandom, Aragorn as the character, and if you were open to him being paired with anyone or no one, you would tick 'Any' as the category. And then you would tick 'fic' for the Fic or Art boxes.
For requests, you can also fill in a URL to a letter elsewhere, or add optional details, including preferred ships or prompts.
Can I fill a request with art?
Yes! Art is welcome and you can request or offer it at signup.
Do I have to write a letter/fill in request details?
No, but if you do not, your author will not know what you would prefer to receive about that character and will have to write or draw based only on the character(s) you've picked and the category of fic or art you want. If you have particular ship preferences/OTPs/NOTPs, please be sure you've given your writer/artist some indication of what you like.
Your writer/artist should do their best to fulfil your request as stated in optional details or your letter, particularly as regards to avoiding your Do Not Wants (DNWs), but the only parts they have to fulfil are that they have to write/draw about the character in the fandom(s) you've chosen, and have to write/draw the category of fic or art that you've asked for. Writing a fic that is clearly based on the movies when book fic only has been requested (or vice versa) or writing a category of fic that wasn't requested (writing gen when m/m was requested, for instance), is against the rules.
It's also worth noting that this exchange will be largely hand-matched, so not filling in optional details or writing a letter decreases the chance that you'll get someone who really wants to write/draw what you want to receive. Writing a letter or adding request details is strongly encouraged.
I have a NOTP that I just can't write/draw but I want to offer this character!
If you aren't open to writing/drawing any ship that your recip might request but you want to offer the character, please unselect the category type that your NOTP falls into. For instance, if you NOTP Celeborn/Galadriel, but would like to write/draw Galadriel/Melian or Galadriel/Luthien, don't tick the 'F/M' category, and do tick the 'F/F' category for Galadriel. Do be aware that your recipient may request any of that category, so you may end up with a request for Galadriel/Goldberry.
If you have different preferences for different characters, you will be able to choose a fandom multiple times for both requests and offers, so you can make your preferences known. There will also be an optional details box available for both requests and offers so that you can get specific.
Generally speaking, if you wish to write/draw a particular ship but don't want to be assigned to write/draw for someone who wants fic/art about your NOTP, you're better off choosing to offer the less popular character in the ship. For instance, if you want to write Maedhros/Azaghal, but not Maedhros/Fingon, you're more likely to match to someone who wants Maedhros/Azaghal by offering Azaghal rather than Maedhros.
- Fic needs to be a minimum of 500 words.
- Fanart needs to be at least a nice sketch on unlined paper.
- The gift needs to meet the request with regards to character, fandom(s), and category that the recipient has asked for.
- Treats are highly encouraged!
- Please comment on your gift(s).