The Mithril Awards for Tolkien Fanfiction

'For here alone in the world was found Moria-silver, or true-silver as some have called it: mithril is the Elvish name. The Dwarves have a name which they do not tell. Its worth was ten times that of gold, and now it is beyond price... Mithril! All folk desired it. It could be beaten like copper and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim. The Elves dearly loved it, and among many uses they made of it ithildin, starmoon, which you saw upon the doors. Bilbo has a corslet of mithril-rings that Thorin gave him.'

–JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings II:IV


The Mithril Awards were established to honour excellence in fiction, poetry and critical essays relating to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and other works by JRR Tolkien. All material freely available on the web in English is eligible for awards, regardless of rating, genre, subject matter, category and source (book or movie), with the exception of actor fic/RPS.

The Mithril Awards are independent of any fiction archive, list or online community, although we welcome affiliation with other Tolkien sites to promote the awards.

The Awards Committee

Visit the Mithril Awards 2005 site for the third round of the awards, where the semi-finalists have now been announced