Tolkien Mailing Competition goes international
For seven years in a row the Hungarian Tolkien Society (MTT) has organised Tolkien Levelező Verseny, the Tolkien Mailing Competition. School groups from the ages of 10 to 18 were asked questions, divided into three different difficulty levels, Hobbits, Dúnedain and Noldor. The MTT had more than a hundred participants each and every year and because of its success and the fun had by all in this, in its eight year, this wonderful competition will be also offered in English and for a new group of participants called Quendi (between the ages of 15 and 35*).
This will give you an idea what is going to be expected from you:
Participation in the Quendi category requires a thorough knowledge of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and perhaps The Children of Húrin. Some questions (riddles, quizzes, etc.) will refer to other works by Tolkien, but you will have about four weeks for each round, so you will have enough time to look up in the books everything you need.
There will also be some creative challenges. For example, to describe a situation, write a short poem, make a drawing or take a photograph, etc. We would like to be proud of our participants, so we ask you to share the rights of your creative productions royalty-free. The best of your works—with due credit to the authors/artists—might be published by the Hungarian Tolkien Society, e.g. on our website: www.tolkien.hu, or in our journal, the Lassi Laurië.
Attention: The deadline for entering the contest is September, 29th, 2013.
Starting in October you will then receive monthly questions and tasks; all communication is via email. For all further information please have a look at the website for the TLV (in all of its editions since then.)
*: I am well over 35 and will be clamouring for another category to be added next year. 🙂
P.S.: There also is a web video on the TLV. It uses only Hungarian captions but the pictures will still give you a good idea of the competition.
Update Blog post revisited in November, 2020.