The Good of the Many. While the phrase was made famous by another franchize, the theme is certainly also seen in the stories of Middle-Earth, and will be the theme for June and July.
There are countless times that an individual or small group was willing to make sacrifices in order to let good thrive, and the quest to succeed.
Frodo, of course, is a prime example, and gave all that he had to complete the quest he was appointed to. When he left the Fellowship and Amon Hen he never expected to see them again, and he knew well before Sam that there was little need for them to ration supplies for a return trip.
Faramir rode to Osgiliath with a small group of men, knowing that it would be impossible for them to retake the city, but also knowing that the doomed attempt would allow the Rohirrim more time to arrive to break the siege.
Beren, along with a small group of elves and the hound Huan, hunted Carcharoth, a werewolf crazed with pain and wielding the power of the Silmaril, in order to protect the residents of Doriath.
And sometimes this consideration for the good of others shows itself in more unlikely heroes. Fredigar Boldger, for example, might not have been a hero in the classic sense of the word, but he fought back his terror of the Black Riders long enough to ensure that the alarm was sounded, and his neighbors and town kept safe.
And of course there are many who went to war in each age, leaving behind parents, spouses, sweethearts, children and friends they hoped to protect.
Whatever example of sacrifice of the few inspires you to write, we hope that you'll share your story with the many readers who will enjoy reading them!
Here are the stories for this month:
Come Back to Me
The voting will take place until August 15. Please, vote HERE, and if you would like your vote to be as objective as possible, refer to our voting guide.
If you would like to illustrate either of these stories, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challenge!
Mirach, Carawyn, Sian22 and Lotrfan