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"And yet their labour was not all in vain; and though nowhere and in no work was their will and purpose wholly fulfilled, and all things were in hue and shape other than the Valar had at first intended, slowly nonetheless the Earth was fashioned and made firm. And thus was the habitation of the Children of Ilúvatar established at the last in the Deeps of Time and amidst the innumerable stars."
- Ainulindale, The Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien

Innumerable Stars is a Tolkien fandom gift exchange for all works by Tolkien or associated with Middle-earth.

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2017 Schedule is:

Nominations Open: Sunday, 16 July 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Nominations Close: Sunday, 30 July 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Sign-ups Open: Sunday, 30 July 2017, 11:59 PM UTC (hopefully!)
Sign-ups Close: Monday, 14 August 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Assignments Out: Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Assignments Due: Sunday, 08 October 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Works Revealed: Sunday, 15 October 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Authors Revealed: Sunday, 22 October 2017, 3:00 PM UTC

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The time has come, well, it's slightly early, but let's do it. Go forth and nominate!

Please check the FAQ for instructions. Nominations will be open until 3pm UTC on 30 July.
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Rules:

- Fic needs to be a minimum of 500 words.
- Fanart needs to be at least a nice sketch on unlined paper.
- The gift needs to meet the request with regards to at least one character or group of characters the requester has asked for.
- Treats are highly encouraged!
- Please comment on your gift(s).

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My dear people, it's nearly that time again!

The schedule for 2017 looks like this:

Nominations Open: Saturday, 15 July 2017, 3:00 PM UTC  Sunday, 16 July 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Nominations Close: Saturday, 29 July 2017, 3:00 PM UTC  Sunday 30 July 2017, 3:00 UTC
Sign-ups Open: Saturday, 29 July 2017, 11:59 PM UTC  Sunday, 30 July 11:59 PM UTC
Sign-ups Close: Monday, 14 August 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Assignments Out: Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Assignments Due: Sunday, 08 October 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Works Revealed: Sunday, 15 October 2017, 3:00 PM UTC
Authors Revealed: Sunday, 22 October 2017, 3:00 PM UTC

This time around, I'm going to propose some changes from last year. Let me know what you think!

1. Change from nominating single characters to relationships -- both romantic/sexual (/) and friendship/family/platonic (&).

2. Adding several more fandoms! The fandom list at the moment looks like this:

Born of Hope (2009)
The Fall of Arthur - J. R. R. Tolkien
Farmer Giles of Ham - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Father Christmas Letters - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit (Jackson Movies)
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hunt for Gollum (2009)
Leaf by Niggle - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings (Movies)
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings Online
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Video Game)
Mr. Bliss - J. R. R. Tolkien
Roverandom - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Smith of Wootton Major - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Story of Kullervo - J. R. R. Tolkien

3. I'm considering breaking The Silmarillion up into multiple separate 'fandoms' -- such as The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. However, this seems really complicated and I'm not sure how to divide it, so any assistance would be really welcomed. Also, if this would encourage people to participate -- I know that a lot of people prefer one part of The Silmarillion over other parts, or only want fanfic about Númenor or something, so if you'd be into that, let me know!

Please comment if you might be participating, even if only to say that you are fine with the changes! I'd really appreciate it, there's nothing worse than feeling like you're talking into the Void with only Morgoth as your audience! :D


ETA: I've had to change the date for opening nominations due to a family emergency. 
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 Authors have now been revealed! Go forth and see who wrote for you, and if you have not commented on your fic yet, please do so. 

I completed the challenge to comment on all 38 stories in the collection, and so did Scribe_of_Mirrormere and Varaen! 

So this was the first Innumerable Stars gift exchange! How did you like it? Is there anything you would change for next year? Glad you participated? Please feel free to comment below with anything you liked, didn't like, would change, would keep. I definitely want to do this again in 2017 if people are up for it! 
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Folks, the time has come!

Innumerable Stars is OPEN.

We've got 37 glorious fanworks ready for your enjoyment!

Go forth, comment on your own gifts and on anything you enjoyed. I personally plan to comment on everything posted - why not join me in celebrating the gorgeous things we've all created?

You can also edit your stories to update them to today's date. Don't miss out on potential feedback! Go to 'Edit' then 'Set a different publication date' and change it to 16 October 2016.

Thanks so much to all our participants, and especially to pinch-hitters sassynails and kimaracretak!
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Post-deadline, I have had to default two participants who did not post their story or art, or get in touch with me about an extension.

So there are two pinch hits up for grabs! You may claim them by posting a comment below (it will be screened to avoid revealing your identity), and I'll assign the pinch hit to you.

Even if you are not assigned a pinch hit, please feel free to write treats for anyone in the exchange and especially these two.

First pinch hit is for independence1776, who would like fic about The Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion.

Second pinch hit is for amyfortuna, who would like fic or art about The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Smith of Wootton Major, or Farmer Giles of Ham.

Check out their letters and see if you want to claim one! Even if you aren't participating in this exchange, you are very welcome to take on a pinch hit.

Pinch hits are due on Saturday, 15 October, at 8pm UTC.

Thanks!

ETA: Both pinch hits have now been assigned - many thanks to the pinch hitters!
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Thanks to everyone who's posted so far and those who have asked for extensions.

Everyone else, write or draw like the wind! You have one hour!
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You have just a bit less than 24 hours from now to post your assigned Innumerable Stars fic or art!

You can edit after posting up until reveals, and you’re free to post treats at any time.
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Thanks to those who have posted already: you're on the ball!

Everyone else, this is your one week warning for Innumerable Stars. Stories/art are due on October 9th at 4pm GMT.

The minimum is 500 words / a nice sketch on unlined paper, and I will check for placeholders, but you may continue editing your stories for two weeks, until they are revealed.

Once you've posted your assignment, why not look through the requests and see if you'd like to write some treats? There are no minimum requirements for treats.

If you aren’t participating in the exchange but see a request you like, you are also very welcome to write treats!

Good luck and happy writing/drawing!
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Good news, we were all fairly compatible, all 19 of us, and assignments should now be in your inboxes! I hope you like yours - I did review every single match carefully to check that you would be writing/drawing more or less what you wanted to!

Next: please make sure you've finished your letter and posted it to the letters post!

You now have until Sunday, October 9th, to write your story/draw your art. The minimum is 500 words for fic, and at least a nice sketch on unlined paper for art, although you can of course write or draw as much as you want.

Treats are highly encouraged, so please go through the requests to find any that interest you - I know I've got my eye on about half a dozen!

If you would like to ask your recipient any questions about your assignment, I’m happy to send them an email on your behalf, or alternatively if you want, I’m happy for you to contact them anonymously yourself.

Happy writing/drawing!
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Signups are now closed and matching is being worked on!

We have 19 signups, and there may be a couple of initial pinch hits which will be posted here and also publicised on Tumblr.

Thank you all, and hopefully assignments will be out very soon!
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If you’ve not signed up for Innumerable Stars yet, signups will close on Thursday, August 18th, so you have six days!

We have 10 signups so far - so spread the word and encourage your friends to sign up too!
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After wrestling the tagset into submission (I HOPE) - with many thanks to the nonnie who helped out! - signups are now open.

So this is where the fun begins!

Once you've signed up, write your letter and post it to our letters post, pimp your rare faves, or sign up to be a beta!
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If you would like to volunteer to beta-read stories for this exchange, please add a comment, using the code below.

It's not required to have your fic betaed for this exchange, but if you want to and don't have a regular beta, you can choose one from here.

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Please add your letters to comments using the code below. Anonymous comments are fine.

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Got a character you'd love to see some fic or art for but they're really obscure?

Tell us all about them here! Link us to any information about them, point us to the appropriate parts of the Legendarium, and/or speculate further about them!

(If you sign up to write one of these characters, the only thing you need to consider is any actual canon information about them, any speculations or headcanons are just for fun.)
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Time to go forth and nominate your under-appreciated faves! The tag set awaits you!

Please read the following instructions/FAQs to ensure that your nominations go through quickly. I will be approving them as fast as I can, and this will make it faster and easier.

What 'fandoms' are eligible to nominate characters in?

The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-earth - JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Smith of Wootton Major - JRR Tolkien
Leaf by Niggle - JRR Tolkien
Farmer Giles of Ham - JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit (Jackson Movies)
Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Shadow of Mordor - Video Game
The Lord of the Rings Online

Please do not nominate anything under All Media Types.

Can we nominate the same character under different 'fandoms' - i.e., can Aragorn be nominated under both 'The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien' and 'Lord of the Rings (Movies)'?

Yes. We want to keep the books and movies separate for this exchange, so if you would be happy to see Aragorn, for instance, in fic or art involving either book canon or movie canon, please nominate him (separately) under both. You would nominate him like this to differentiate:

For book-based fandoms: Aragorn (Tolkien)
For movie-based fandoms: Aragorn (Jackson)
For Shadow of Mordor: Aragorn (SoM)
For Lord of the Rings Online: Aragorn (LOTRO)

AO3 will not let you nominate the same character under two different fandoms if you have not differentiated them.

How do I nominate?

Go to the Tag Set and click on My Nominations. Fill in the first 'fandom' you want from the list above - it will auto-complete after a moment. Add up to 10 characters you want to request and/or offer in that 'fandom'. You may nominate in up to 5 'fandoms'. If you are nominating a character who appears in multiple canons, do so by adding (Tolkien) for a book canon, (Jackson) for a movie canon, (SoM) for Shadow of Mordor, and (LOTRO) for Lord of the Rings Online. See the tag set for examples of ones that have already been added.

Can I nominate relationships or pairings?

No, only characters. When you sign up, you will be able to select what category or categories of fic or art you would like - m/m, f/f, f/m, gen, other, or multi. This should mean you will receive the kind of fic or art you'd prefer to offer or request.

If you have any questions about how this will work, please ask!
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Rules

- Fic needs to be a minimum of 500 words.
- Fanart needs to be at least a nice sketch on unlined paper.
- The gift needs to meet the request with regards to character, fandom(s), and category that the recipient has asked for.
- Treats are highly encouraged!
- Please comment on your gift(s).

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions )

More FAQs to be added as and when they are asked! Please use this post to ask any questions you might have.
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