The theme for June is Pain. Not a pain to write, though, I hope...
One of the most primeval sensations, pain evolved to signalize that something is wrong with our bodies, and we should seek a way to amend it - which is not always possible. And so, while it's useful for the survival of mankind, dealing with it can be hard and unpleasant.
Whether the pain is physical or emotional, people differ by their tolerance of it, and the ways they deal with it. The differences are also between the races of Middle-earth: Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits, Orcs, Ents...
This month, we are looking for the classical hurt-comfort stories, but not only that. It can deal with many different aspects of pain: overcoming it or submitting to it, avoiding, witnessing, causing or enduring it, being able to soothe it or not, pain with or without meaning...
And the winners are:
A Lesson by Mirach 3rd place
As the Kings of Old by Jessica Kleeberger
Coming of Age by Finfinfin
Doubts by ShadowTravel
Humble Gifts by UnnamedElement 2nd place
Kingly Valour by Ryanwe
Remember Today, Brother by Lotrfn
Slivers by Everleigh 1st place
The Deepest Pain by Linda Hoyland
The Ladies of Imladris by Erosaf
The stained stones kissed... by Sian22
Wild Waters by Starfox
Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!