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2020 Silmaril Award Nominations for Wisest Counselor

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Counselors. Advisors. Sages. Mentors. They don’t usually get top billing. They aren’t always the most fun. And sometimes they can be positively feeble when compared to their more heroic counterparts. But don’t underestimate them.

Most heroes wouldn’t get very fire without their timely, far-sighted advice. And many adventures would not start at all without the prompting or prodding of these marvelous guides.

2020 Silmaril Award Nominations

Welcome to the fifth annual Silmaril Awards, the fantasy character awards! This is a chance to nominate your favorite fantasy characters in a fiction free-for-all to see which ones are the wisest, most heroic, or nefarious of all.

There are ten awards up for grabs (see the list below for links to the other awards). On this page we’re accepting nominations and seconds for Wise Counselors. All you have to do to nominate is post a comment with the name of the wise counselor you’d like to see considered for the award. Or, if that character has already been nominated, you can simply reply with a “second” to the original comment for that character.

The rules for nominating are as follows:

  • 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 feature the top five most nominated characters from each category (the host will break any ties).
  • 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.) Previous winners of wisest counselor include: Remus Lupin from Harry Potter (2019), Professor Kirke from The Chronicles of Narnia (2018), Professor Hamilton from Dragons in Our Midst (2017), and Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia (2016). For a list of past winners for other awards, please visit silmarilawards.com.
  • Also, unfortunately, characters from Tolkien’s works are allowed. Instead, they are the presenters of the awards. These awards are for all the “other guys.”

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This year’s awards

Here it the list of the rest of this year’s awards with links to where you can make your nominations:

It’s not just characters that get to win

This year, there will also be a chance to win some great books and book related prizes as well. You can participate in the bookstagram challenge using the hasthtag #SilmarilAwards2020. You can also enter the contest even if you’re not on Instagram. Either way, we’ll be giving out one of the prizes below to each winner. Hardbacks, ebooks, maps, bookmarks, there’s something in here for everyone. Don’t miss out!

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The bookstagram challenge starts August 24th and ends on September 4th, but the giveaway runs through to the end of the awards. Be sure to follow all the hosts on Instagram so you don’t miss out on the fun.

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Have at thee!

And so it begins.

The cutoff for accepting nominations is midnight CST Time, September 4th. Until then, nominate away! And if you have any questions, please put them below and I will answer them as soon as possible. Have fun. I can’t wait to see who you nominate!

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    Comments (204)

    1. Maya Joelle says:

      I nominate Aethelbald from the Tales of Goldstone Wood, Brom from the Inheritance Cycle, Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter, and Rubidius from the Gateway Chronicles.

    2. Audrey says:

      I nominate Mrs.Weaver, from The Green Ember series.

    3. Grace T. says:

      (I can’t see the other comments so apologies if any of these are repeats)

      I nominate:

      Wit from the Stormlight Archives (yes I nominated him elsewhere and also nominated him as Hoid in yet another Silmaril but his counsel to Shallan made me cry in chapter 82 of Oathbringer so he goes here too)

      Irene’s Grandmother from The Princess and the Goblin/The Princess and Curdie

      Sazed from the first Mistborn trilogy

    4. Sarah Seele says:

      I nominate Rupert Greeves, from the Ashtown Burials series.

    5. H. S. J. Williams says:

      I nominate Beana from Tales of Goldstone Wood! Also Eanrin…for such a sassy creature, he had quite a lot of wise advice.

    6. sarahseele says:

      I nominate Rupert Greeves, from the Ashtown Burials series!

      (Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, I thiiink the other one didn’t go through)

    7. I nominate:

      Halt (Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan)

      Cosimo Livingston (Bright Empires series by Stephen R. Lawhead)

      Chrestomanci (Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones)

      Dominic the Electrical butler (The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder)

    8. I nominate Rayad and Sam (both from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight)

    9. Kal Tomson says:

      I nominate Professor Hamilton from Dragons in our Midst

    10. Amelie says:


      Yestin Bo-Arthio (The Weaver Trilogy by Lindsay A. Franklin)
      Emma Areben (Fawkes)
      Alden Vacker (Keeper of the Lost Cities)

    11. My daughter nominates Paladin from the DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul.

    12. Audrey says:

      I nominate Grimwarden, from The Berinfell Prophecies.

    13. Christine says:

      I nominate Merlin from the Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series by Bryan Davis.

    14. Kal Tomson says:

      I add Father Enoch from Oracles of Fire

    15. I nominate:
      Wizard Fenworth from the DragonKeeper Chronicles (Donita K. Paul)
      Captain Valithor from The Door Within Trilogy (Wayne Thomas Batson)
      Laisren from The Dark King’s Curse (Wyn Estelle Owens)
      Galen from Wrought of Silver and Ravens (E.J. Kitchens)
      The Abhorsen from Sabriel (Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix)
      The Daisha and Rendar from Moonscript (H.S.J. Williams)

    16. Oh, and I also nominate Imraldera from the Tales of Goldstone Wood!

    17. Maya Joelle says:

      I second Rupert, Halt, Chrestomanci, Emma Areben (Fawkes), Merlin (Dragons in Our Midst), and Father Enoch. And IMRALDERA.

    18. Jen says:

      I nominate Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia!

    19. Forgot someone else: I nominate Granite from the Rizkaland Legends!

    20. Anna says:

      I second: Wit/Hoid, Sazed, Halt, Paladin, and Fenworth!

    21. Jenelle says:


      Merlin (can I just nominate “Merlin” in general, like… whichever version people like best? Because he’s in SO MANY retellings I’m not even sure I have any idea which one is my favorite. If I have to choose, then the Merlin from Stephen R. Lawhead’s Pendragon Cycle)

    22. Iris Dontell says:

      I nominate Lukyan from The Restorer by Sharon Hinck, and Lord Alistair from Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink. Oh, and The Daisha from Moonscript by H. S. J. Williams!

    23. Hazel Dontell says:

      *realizes I can’t nominate Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender because it’s a tv show* *cries*
      However, I do nominate Jupiter North from Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. And I second Halt so hard. SO hard.

    24. Arwen says:

      I really wish we could nominate Tolkien Characters if not from the Hobbit and The Lord Of Rings
      than things like
      Farmer Giles of Ham
      also this may random but who here likes the Rankin Bass Animated Hobbit movie

    25. Okay. Seconding:
      Rupert Greeves from Ashtown Burials; Beana, Eanrin and Imreldara from Goldstone Wood; Merlin and Enoch from Dragons in our Midst/ Oracles of Fire, and Fenworth from Dragon Keeper Chronicles

    26. I second Rayad, Yestin Bo-Arthio, Granite, and any and all Merlins. XD

    27. I second Sazed, Halt, Yestin Bo-Arthio, Paladin, and Wizard Fenworth.

    28. Alias Ember says:

      I second Dumbledore and Mrs. Weaver.
      I also nominate:
      Helmer from the Green Ember series
      Athelas from The City Between Series
      Puddleglum from The Chronicles of Narnia

    29. Maya Joelle says:

      I second Merlin (in general, but especially the Pendragon Cycle), Helmer, and Puddleglum!

    30. Jen says:

      I nominate Coriakin and Ramandu from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Oromis from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini!

    31. I second:
      Irene’s grandmother (Princess and the Goblin)
      Halt (Ranger’s Apprentice)
      Rayad (Ilyon)
      Sam (Ilyon)
      Paladin (Dragonkeeper Chronicles)
      Fenworth (Dragonkeeper Chronicles)
      Lord Alistair (Blades of Acktar)
      Puddleglum (Narnia)
      Coriakin (Narnia)
      Ramandu (Narnia)

      I nominate:
      Timothy (Ilyon Chronicles)

    32. Tracey Dyck says:

      All righty, here we go! *cracks knuckles*

      I second…

      Cosimo Livingston
      Yestin Bo-Arthio
      Merlin (DioM/OoF and general Merlin from legends)
      Wizard Fenworth
      Captain Valithor
      Father Enoch

      And I nominate:
      – Wolf (The Great Library series by Rachel Caine… I *think* it counts as fantasy)
      – Tabor Jan (Auralia Thread series by Jeffrey Overstreet)
      – Abraham (Oracles of Fire series by Bryan Davis)

    33. I second:

      Halt from Ranger’s Apprentice
      Rayad from Ilyon Chronicles
      Fenworth from Dragonkeeper
      Lord Alistair from Acktar
      Puddleglum from Narnia
      Coriakin from Narnia
      Ramandu from Narnia
      Timothy from Ilyon
      Paladin from DragonKeeper

      I think I’d consider The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins fantasy…if it counts, I nominate Ripred and Vikus.

    34. Katie says:

      I second granite from rizkaland
      Halt from rangers apprentice
      Merlin in general
      Puddleglum from narnia
      Athelas from the city between by wr gingell
      (And I may come back and nominate/second more characters as I think of them)

    35. Maya Joelle says:

      I second Coriakin, Ramandu, Oromis, Tabor Jan, and Abraham (the one from Oracles of Fire).

      I nominate… oh goodness, I can’t remember his name… *goes and checks copy of book* Scharr ben Fray from the Auralia Thread. Not always the wisest, but definitely deserves a nomination. And I can’t believe I forgot his name.

      • Tracey Dyck says:

        Oh, I second Scharr ben Fray too!!! That’s who I MEANT to nominate, not Tabor Jan. o.O (DJ, sorry about that!)

    36. fellowshipoffantasy says:

      The White Rabbit from Vincent in Wonderland

    37. Rachael says:

      I nominate: The Paragon from Hall of Blood and Mercy by KM Shea.

      I second: Dumbledore

    38. I second Beana and Puddleglum!

    39. Hazel Dontell says:

      I also nominate Father from the Torch Keepers by Hosanna Emily, and Emiyr from the same book. Definitely two of my favorite characters!

    40. I second Coriakin, Dumbledore, and Puddleglum.

    41. GracieA says:

      I second:
      Puddleglum, Coriakin, & Ramandu (from Narnia–especially love Puddleglum)
      Aethelbald, Beana, & Imraldara (from Goldstone Wood–hard to choose a favorite here!)
      Laisren (just read Dark King’s Curse–such a fun yet wise counselor)

    42. Rebekah Stargazer says:

      A little late to the party, but here goes!

      I second:

      Irene’s Grandmother

    43. Rogue9 says:

      I second
      Irene’s Grandmother

    44. alexmellen says:

      Seconds to:

      I nominate:
      Molly Weasley from Harry Potter

      Lady Bronwyn from The Shock of Night/Darkwater Saga

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