The Tolkien Mailing Competition ("TLV" abbreviated from its Hungarian equivalent "Tolkien Levelező Verseny") takes place for the ninth time this year. In the first seven years it was organised only in Hungarian, and only for Hungarians. Competitors were groups of students aged 10–18-years. They competed in three categories of different difficulty levels, called Hobbits, Dúnedain and Noldor. Every year we had more than a hundred participants from all over the country, who were interested in the world created by Tolkien. But last year we decided to go international, and the outcome was definitely encouraging: check out this report.
The international category, called Quendi, is open to individual participants. Both the challenges and the communication will be entirely in English—but don’t be afraid. You won’t need to be fluent in English for taking part in the competition. You only have to be able to understand the texts by Tolkien, and to write an essay—it won’t need to be of university level.
The competition is recommended for the "young adult" age group, since it originally addressed middle and high school students, and we do not plan to make big changes in the style. Still, the competition is open to anybody who feels young enough for it - altough it can be too childish for adults or the competition too strong for the 15-year-olds.
We set a maximum limit of 60 for the number of participants in this category. The number of applications were far from this limit last year, but if it exceeds the limit, then we would prefer that at least half of the participants should be younger than 35. So we kindly ask everyone and especially those under 35 who are interested in the competition, to apply as soon as possible and thus leave us time to plan the process.
Participation in the Quendi category requires a thorough knowledge of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and, perhaps, The Children of Húrin. Some questions (riddles, quizzes, etc.) will refer to other works by Tolkien, but you will have about four weeks for each round, that is, plenty of time to look up in the books everything you might need.
There will also be some creative challenges. For example, you may be asked to describe a situation, write a short poem, make a drawing or take a photograph, etc. If this demands too much of you, you can choose to do either only the 'lore' or only the 'creative' part. We would like to be proud of our participants, so we ask you to share the rights of your creative productions royalty-free. The best of your works—with due credit to authors/artists—might be published by the Hungarian Tolkien Society, e.g. on our website, www.tolkien.hu, or in our journal, Lassi Laurië. Please do not publish these works yourself without consulting us first, and especially not before the deadline of the round in question.
The contest starts in the middle of October and continues until the end of March. Every month you will receive the questions of the next round, and you will have to submit your solutions until the indicated deadline. Communication will be via e-mail. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, to which you should send your registration and later the solutions. Questions and comments are also welcome. We are happy to answer all your questions about the competition—except disclosing the solutions of the actual tasks.
There will be no prizes in the international category, only the public announcement of your achievement and a certificate sent by e-mail. There is no registration fee, either.
If you want to participate, please fill in and send the registration form to email@example.com with the subject heading "registration for TLV". The application deadline is:
19 of October, 2014
- Registration form in PDF
- Registration form in Word format (doc)
- PDF version of this article
- Poster in English