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2016 Silmarillion Awards Nominations for Most Faithful Friend

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Welcome to the inaugural Silmarillion Awards! The Silmarillion Awards highlight all of the wonderful elements from the best in fantasy fiction. These awards are not for authors or books, but for the characters, monsters, poetry, and weapons within them.

In honor of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, this online awards event will recognize elements from ten categories (see below). These awards are both by fans of fantasy and for fans of fantasy. The awards will happen as follows:

Nomination Process: June 20-July 1
Voting for Awards: July 4-15
Presentation of the awards: July 16-28
Final Celebration: July 29

Nomination Rules

Nominations are made by entering a comment on the post for a particular award. The top five nominees for each award will move on to final voting. Nominations must be from a work of fantasy fiction. Other than that, here are the rules for making and endorsing nominations.

  1. An individual person may make as many nominations as they desire.
  2. Include the book name along with the name of your nomination, i.e. Legolas from The Lord of the Rings.
  3. Feel free to wax eloquent as to why you think your nomination/second deserves to win the award.
  4. Each nomination may be seconded by a single person one time.
  5. An individual may not second their own nomination, but may second as many other nominations as they wish.
  6. Characters and creatures and weapons must be from a work of fantasy fiction, but they cannot be from any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

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Award categories

This is the page to vote on for the Most Faithful Friend award. Write your nominations or second someone else’s nominations in the comments below.

Qualifications: The most faithful friend is someone who stands by his friends though all the world may be against them. He never gives up on them, never stops believing in them, never ceases to fight to protect them. His actions may seem small in the grand scale of the story, but when it comes to matters of the heart, none matter more than the words and deeds this character does in support of his friends.

The award will be presented by the character who is a dropper of eaves, a cooker of coneys, a tender of gardens. This person’s friends wouldn’t have gotten very far without him for he, more than any other character in Tolkien’s work perhaps, proved himself to be the most faithful friend.

After nominating or endorsing one or more faithful friends below, be sure to visit the other award pages and nominate your the entries you deem most worthy for the following categories.

Best Fantasy Mount
Best Riddling and Poetry
Best Redemption Story
Strangest Character
Best Fantasy Weapon
Most Epic Hero
Most Heartwrenching Death
Wisest Counseler
Most Nefarious Villain

Mae govannen (well met), and happy nominating!

Comments (114)

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  3. proverbs31teen June 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I know exactly which character is presenting this award. 😉
    I nominate Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia.

  4. Jenelle June 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I’m going to nominate Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

  5. Jenelle June 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    And, because I can, I’m also nominating Ron Weasley from Harry Potter

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  7. madelinejrose June 20, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I nominate Farid from the Inkheart trilogy…He has his faults, but he makes up for it in his loyalty to Dustfinger. 🙂

  8. Chessi Gunter June 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I nominate Sticky Washington from the Mysterious Benedict Society. A small, fidgety boy who thinks he’s of no account but is valued by his friends.

  9. girlonfire116 June 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I nominate Horace from The Ranger’s Apprentice series 🙂

  10. Deborah O'Carroll June 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I nominate:

    Gonff the Mousethief from Mossflower by Brian Jacques — he and Martin are the best together!

    And Ky from Orphan’s Song and Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams — he’s so loyal and such a great friend. 🙂

  11. Phoenix June 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Nomination:
    Keefe Sencen, Keeper of the Lost Cities series, by Shannon Messenger

  12. Tracey Dyck June 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I nominate Walter Foley from Bryan Davis’s Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard series. His unflagging loyalty and good humor got his friends through a lot of scrapes. (Plus he understates every epic thing he does. Running from dragonslayers or fighting demonic forces? Eh, just another day at the office. It’s hilarious.)

  13. The Princess of Dol Amroth June 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Toli from The Dragon King Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead.

  14. Leah E. Good June 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I nominate Brandi from the Blades of Acktar

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  16. madelinejrose June 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I thought of another one! I nominate Iko from the Lunar Chronicles! 🙂

  17. sparksofember June 21, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I nominate Jem Carstairs from the Infernal Devices series…

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  20. Abbey June 22, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I nominate Greystripe from The Warriors series by Erin Hunter! (Maybe not exactly fantasy… but it’s all about talking cats who live in clans in the woods, so it is fantastical!)

  21. Abbey June 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I also nominate Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride by William Goldman for being such a wonderful friend to Fezzik.

  22. Christine June 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I nominate Grover from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He was always there for Percy, and loyal to a fault.

  23. Addyson M. Huneke June 22, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I nominate Kyrin Altair and Holden from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight.

  24. Laure Hittle June 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    i’d like to nominate Oskar N. Reteep from The Wingfeather Saga. He stuck by the Igibys in every circumstance, provided crucial contacts and bits of lore, spoke up when others needed kind admonishment, and maintained a cheerful and strengthening atmosphere of encouragement throughout the series. He wasn’t a capable fighter, and it was hard for him to keep up at times, but i don’t know what the Igibys would’ve done without him.

  25. Zachary Totah June 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I nominate Sir Gavin from the Blood of Kings Trilogy. What would Achan have done without him? (I suppose he could count for the Wisest Counselor as well, but I’m here, so this is where I’ll nominate him LOL)

  26. Abigail Leskey June 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I nominate Luke from Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones.

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  28. beckyfarb1992 June 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I nominate Perrin Goldeneyes from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. A hero in his own right, and one who faces astronomical challenges of his own, he still never fails to come to the aid of his friends. A true gentle giant.

  29. Emily Drown June 26, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I read all the comments and realized something: NO ONE NOMINATED SAM GAMGEE. THIS IS A TRAVESTY. *weeps in a corner* 😉 So I nominate him.

    • Deborah O'Carroll June 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      (That’s because we’re not nominating LOTR characters since they’re the standard in each category and will be giving the award. 😀 Otherwise we’d ALL be nominating Sam!! 😀 Don’t worry, he’s totally the standard for most faithful friend. XD)

      • Emily Drown June 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm

        *facepalm* I don’t know WHY I did that. xD I knew that we couldn’t nominate LOTR characters, but… augh, sorry. xD

        • Deborah O'Carroll June 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

          Heehee, it’s okay — Sam DOES come to mind for most faithful friend and I keep thinking of LOTR characters to nominate, myself, and sometimes only stop myself barely before commenting, so you’re not alone. 😛

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  31. Suzannah June 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I tenth Reepicheep! What a mouse :).

    I nominate Una from THE FAERIE QUEENE. Una is a sweet, lovely, meek and mild sidekick to the Redcrosse Knight. She also has a spine of chilled steel and the kind of wisdom that keeps him from falling prey to every passing enchantress. Redcrosse and Una’s relationship is so precious because he has brawn and she has brains, and when they get separated they’re about as much use apart as a pair of babies, but put them together and NO ONE can beat them.

    <3

  32. Faith June 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I nominate Nugget the dog from the Wingfeather Saga! Sure, he’s just a dog, but he saves Leeli how many times?

  33. Josiah June 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I second Horace from the Ranger’s Apprentice series; I second Rose Red from the Tales of Goldstone Wood series; I second Walter Foley from the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard series.

    I nominate Adam from Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher. He’s such a funny and likeable chum, and a friend who sticks by Henry. (This book is TECHNICALLY alternate history; does it still count? It’s mostly classified as fantasy on Goodreads…)

    I nominate Suzy Turquoise Blue from The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. She’s always ready to delve into the thick of things, and has more than once helped Arthur when he’s in a jam.

    I nominate Butler from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. A steadfast bodyguard, he’s fiercely loyal to Artemis–but he’s also not afraid to tell his client things straight-up.

    That’s all I got for now! 😀

  34. Christa Conklin July 1, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I nominate Nynaeve from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I am still finishing the last two books, and she is sticking close to Rand, helping in big, brave ways. If her faithfulness is compromised before the story ends, I apologize, and please don’t spoil it for me. 🙂

  35. Allan James July 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hey DJ! I’m sure my nominee for “Best Friend” will seem obscure to your readers…..but I have come to know him quite well as I have read all (4) Books of the Minstrel’s Song Series. Kiernan Kane is many things….and simply my favorite literary character ever. He is certainly a mystery…..he is certainly powerful……not in the way that Thor is powerful…….not so limited in that way……….he is wise beyond all………he has lost more than anyone else……..he is The Great Friend to Mankind…………but most especially……..he is the best friend that Brant ever had………and it takes many, many years for Brant to discover what we (the reader) have observed all along. I could nominate Kiernan for many different categories and he would be equally qualified……..but the thing I LOVE most about Kiernan Kane…….is his Friendship to The Last High King……….Brant.

  36. Lostfairy July 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I nominate Madeline Hatter from Ever After High. 🙂

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