Our theme for November and December is Curiosity.
Curiosity is primarily defined as a strong desire to know or learn something. It is a characteristic
we see in the youngest of children and is a concept we carry with us our entire lives.
Curiosity is a keen interest, a spirit of inquiry or inquisitiveness. It can be a child's first exploration of the world around them, a teenager's inquiry into affairs they are not meant to privy to quite yet, a traveler's interest in a new location or culture.
Curiosity can be a benign attribute, evoking encouragement or amusement in those it is
But curiosity can also have a more sinister side, when unbridled inquisitiveness becomes
intrusive or delves too deeply into secrets or situations better left alone. Sometimes our
curiosity gets the better of us and we end up discovering something we were not meant to
know. Or finding ourselves in awkward situations of having overstepped boundaries or
betraying a trust. Curiosity can result in finding oneself in unsavory circumstances.There is yet another permutation of curiosity—defined as a strange or unusual object or fact.
Will your story invoke the unquenchable curiosity of a young hobbit? Or a Wood Elf's yearning for more understanding of the greater world? Are secrets uncovered by a solitary Dwarf that would have been better left alone?
Does your story take a character along a line of questioning that benefits them or leads to
Did the residents of Hobbiton think Bilbo's mementos from his travels were mere curiosities of no consequence?
Whatever you decide to present - curiosity as a pursuit of knowledge, or as a prying irritation or
even as an unexpected object or realization - please show some curiosity and review our rules
And the winners are:
A Curious Ailment by Quodamat 1st place
Down by the Docks by Mysterious Jedi 2nd place
Echoes by Sian22 1st place
If you would like to illustrate any of these stories, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challenge!
The Teitho archive does not allow reviews, but as soon as the stories are posted somewhere else online, we will update the stories with a link. Follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter to get a notification about this!
And this is the winner and participation banner for this challenge:
Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!
Mirach, Carawyn, Karri, Sian22 and Lotrfan