Monday, September 3, 2018

SilmAwards - Most Magnificent Dragon Nominations

Welcome, my friends, to the third annual Silmaril Awards!



The Silmaril Awards are like the Oscars for fantasy characters. And you get to nominate (and later vote) for your most beloved heroes, villains, sidekicks, and more! I look forward to this time every year. There's such an outpouring of energy and enthusiasm among fans as we chat about our favorite fantasy books and the characters who live within.


Rules



We have a shiny new website officially set up this year, with the full rundown on rules and past winners right HERE. Here's a brief explanation of how the awards work:


  • You may nominate as many characters as you wish.
  • You may also second as many characters nominated by others as you choose. The more "seconds" (and thirds, fourths, etc) a character receives, the more likely that character will move on to the voting round, which will be the top five most nominated characters from each category.
  • Nominations are allowed for fantasy book characters only! (Movie characters are not allowed, unless the book came first).
  • The Silmaril Awards are "lifetime" awards. Characters who have already won a Silmaril in previous years are not eligible to win the same award again (though they may win other awards.) For a list of past winners, please visit silmarilawards.com.




Important Dates



Mark your calendars so you don't miss out on anything!


Nominations run from September 3-7 // This is when you throw alllll your favorite characters into the ring in hopes they'll get seconded/thirded/fourthed/etc. by others.

Voting runs from September 10-14 // This is when you pull out your hair and scream into the void over the impossibility of choosing between the top five nominations in each category.

Awards ceremonies take place September 17-28 // This is when you wait with bated breath for the winners to be announced! A coveted Silmaril will be awarded to each winner by one of Tolkien's famed characters.

Speaking of Tolkien, his characters are not eligible for the awards! Why, you ask with a gasp? Because his works set such a standard for the fantasy genre, and because they are beloved by so many, we thought the characters of Middle Earth deserved to be presenters of the awards rather than contestants. (Or else they'd steal the show!)

Awards Categories


Head over to each stop this week to nominate characters in all the categories!

Least Competent Henchman // Jenelle Schmidt
Most Nefarious Villain // Kyle Robert Schultz
Most Epic Hero // E.E. Rawls
Most Epic Heroine // Madeline J. Rose
Most Magnificent Dragon // right here!
Most Faithful Friend // Savannah Grace
Most Mischievous Imp // Abbey Stellingwerff
Strangest Character // Zachary Totah
Silver Tongue // DJ Edwardson
Wisest Counselor // Deborah O'Carroll

Most Magnificent Dragon Nominations


With that said, I am ever so pleased about hosting the Most Magnificent Dragon category! After hosting Wisest Counselor and Best Riddling and Poetry*, it seemed only natural to let my favorite scaly creatures invade Adventure Awaits.


*which was later renamed to Silver Tongue, FYI


What sort of dragon are we looking for? Why, the most magnificent kind, of course! That could mean the humongous dragons with infernos in their bellies . . . or the miniature, kitten-like dragons with big personalities . . . or the clever, gold-hoarding dragons with a gleam in their eyes. It could be the dragons that make you cower under the blankets in fear, the ones that make your heart swell with noble happiness, or the ones that make you want a dragon for your best friend. Talking dragons, non-speaking dragons, good ones and bad ones and in-between ones--we want you to head down to the comments and nominate your favorites! (As many as you wish, remember!)


It's up to you. Those winged beasts of terror and majesty aren't going to nominate themselves!



P.S. Don't forget, last year's winner of the Most Magnificent Dragon Silmaril was Toothless, so he's no longer eligible.


P.P.S. Share on social media and grab all your fantasy-loving friends to come nominate characters too! Use #SilmAwards or #SilmAwards2018.


P.P.P.S. If you have any questions about the awards or how they work, ask away in the comments.

114 comments :

  1. I nominate Ramoth from Dragonflight by McCaffrey.

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    1. Cool! I haven’t read the Dragonriders of Pern series, but I’ve heard of it.

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    2. Although, now that I think about it, the series is technically science fiction. It kind of blurs the lines. I don’t foresee it mattering though, haha.

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    3. I haven't read them, but yeah, it's like fantasy... on another planet... as far as I know. Definitely a blurry line. XD

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    4. (If you're letting the Lunar Chronicles count, let Pern in, too - honestly, except for certain books, you barely notice that it's sci-fi.)

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    5. I’ll double check with my fellow hosts, but I imagine it won’t be a problem!

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    6. Patrick, we’re counting it as fantasy! The Silmaril council has spoken. :)

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  2. I nominate The Dragon from Goldstone Wood. He might be a villain, but he's pretty darn cool.

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    1. I second The Dragon! He is pretty darn cool. XD

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    2. YASSS. Honestly one of my favorite bad dragons ever.

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    3. I second (fifth?) the Dragon!

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    1. I second Saphira!! <3
      BTW Eragon fans, I nominated Shruikan belong. . . You have to admit he's magnificent, even if he's dreadful. =)

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  4. I nominate Malcolm Blackfire from the Afterverse!! Because the only thing that could make a dragon more magnificent is if he ALSO happens to be a very grumpy Caledonian archeologist and the headmaster of a magic school! :D

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    1. I second Malcolm, for the information of all pathetic non-dragons!

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    2. Seconding Malcolm.

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    3. I further support the nomination of Malcom Blackfire!

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    4. All the seconding for Malcolm Blackfire!

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    5. Woohoo, good ol’ Malcolm is getting some great support!

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    6. Yessss Malcolm! I second!

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    7. I heartily second Malcolm Blackfire.

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    8. Honestly, even though I've never read the Afterverse, this dragon just sounds really cool. SECOND!

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  5. I nominate The Dragon Furious from the How to Train Your Dragon books. The dragon rebellion has begun!

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  6. Kesia and Zephryn as a TEAM from the Ironfire Legacy by Janeen Ippolito
    Windy-Dragon-Face (that's his name now) from Halayda by Sarah Delena White

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  7. I nominate Magnar from Tales of Starlight/Dragons of Starlight!

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  8. I nominate Falkor the luckdragon from The Neverending Story! ^_^

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    1. Don’t think I’ve heard of that one, but I looked it up on Goodreads and the cover is charming!

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    2. I totally second Falkor!

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  9. Ooh, this is such a fun idea! I don't think I have anyone to nominate, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the winners. :P Also, I love how Tolkien's characters get to be presenters, haha.

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    1. Yes, do come along for the ride! Even if you can’t think of anyone to nominate, you’re more than welcome to vote next week. (And, of course, stick around to see the winners announced!) ^_^

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  10. I nominate Kazul from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

    -Karis

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    1. Ooooh, I’ve been wanting to read Dealing with Dragons for a while now! Thanks for the nomination!

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    2. I read the books a couple years ago and loved them, but I don't know if they would have immediately come to my mind. My brother is reading the series right now and told me I had to nominate Kazul for him. XD

      Thanks for the second, Deborah!

      -Karis

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    3. But of course, Karis! :) I LOVE these books... and Kazul. ;) (And Mendanbar. *cough*)

      You'd love it, Tracey! :D

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    4. I second Kazul!

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  11. I nominate Hulwen, from the Wingfeather Saga.

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    1. I stillll need to read the Wingfeather books! One of these days I’ll treat myself and buy them all in one fell swoop. :)

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    2. Oh, yes, I second!!!

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    3. I haven't gotten to this dragon in the series yet, but I'll second!

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  12. I nominated Roth from Dragon Lyric by Bethany A. Jennings.

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    1. I’ve heard good things about that one!

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  13. I nominate Cricket from Cora and the Nurse Dragon. He may be tiny, but he is magnificent. <3

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    1. I don't think I'm supposed to second my own, but Cricket is thankful.

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    2. A dragon named Cricket? He sounds adorable!

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  14. I nominate Gem from Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight.

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    1. I second Gem!

      -Karis

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    2. I was going to nominate her, but instead I'll give her a hearty second. Go, Gem!

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    3. Seconding Gem!!

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    4. Another series I need to read!

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  15. I nominate...

    Hulwen from The Wingfeather Saga.

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    1. Hearing there’s a dragon in that series makes me even more eager to read it!

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  16. I nominate Boris, Elmer's dragon from the My Father's Dragon trilogy.

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  17. I nominate:

    Grandion from Dragon Friend by Marc Secchia
    Gnaw from the Dragon and Scholar series by HL Burke
    Amber from the Rizkaland books by Kendra E. Ardnek

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    1. I'd second Amber, but I really hate seeing her in dragon form, especially knowing how much it breaks Granite's heart.

      -Karis

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    2. I'll second Grandion (I probably am not supposed to second my own, but thanks!)

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    3. They all have such cool names!

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  18. I nominate Julio from the Crockett & Crane Series by Kyle Robert Shultz and Firian from The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

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    1. I second Julio! (Still want Malcolm to win though. XD)

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    2. I second Julio! (And agree with Deborah about Malcom <3 )

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  19. Dragonnnsss! YES.

    I nominate...

    -Bridger from One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul
    -Makaidos from the Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series

    I feel like I have a gadrillion more I could nominate but my mind is running blank.

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    1. I actually haven’t read One Realm Beyond, believe it or not! (But the Silmaril Awards are making me want to reread the Dragonkeeper Chronicles!)

      And yay, someone nominated Makaidos, possibly my favorite dragon ever!

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  20. I nominate Eustace Clarence Scrubb (The Chronicles of Narnia)!

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    1. I second Eustace! Even though he was kind-of a pathetic dragon, ha. =)

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    2. Brilliant idea! No one said the nominees have to be dragons all the time. ;)

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    3. Second Eustace. Best thing that ever happened to him. :)

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  21. I nominate Gymn from the DragonKeeper Chronicles, because he may be small, but he's still magnificent. <3

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    1. Awww, I think he was one of my favorite minor dragons! <3

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  22. I nominate Shruikan from Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.

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    1. I can’t remember if I’ve met this one or not... I’ve read only the first two books so far. XD

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    2. Then you wouldn't have met Shruikan yet. =)

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    3. Ah, makes sense then why the name isn’t familiar. XD

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  23. Ahh, I just came back and checked to see how it's going, and I'm so happy to see so much support for Malcolm!! This seriously puts such a smile on my face!! :D :D
    (and no, quoting Thanos there was not intentional. Please disregard any semblance between myself and that horrible murderous space grape. XD)

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    1. I’n excited too! He’s such a great character!

      (Hahaha, I laughed so hard at your unintentional quote! No worries, I highly doubt you have any resemblance to Thanos.)

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