THE SILMARIL AWARDS BEGIN! — Most Nefarious Villain Nomination

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who nominated and seconded(edededed)! Stay tuned to vote for the finalists! <3

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happy monday, cyberspace!

Today is a very important day in the history of days, my friends. Not only is this the last day of August (which obviously means that Autumn is just around the corner, because September is the start of fall [this is what my heart believes, so don’t go crushing me with facts, peasants]), but it is also the very first day of the 2020 Silmaril Awards!!!

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Oh my goodness, I am so beyond excited for this, you guys. I’ve seen the Silmaril Awards floating past my blog feed every year, but I never really knew what it was until Jenelle (one of the creators and the actual SWEETEST bean in the whole entire planet) contacted me to ask if I’d help host it this year. So for anyone–like me–who might be a wee bit confuzzled by this whole Silmaril Awards fandangle, allow me to take a moment to explain it all!

The Silmaril Awards


In the smallest of nutshells, the Silmaril Awards is like the Oscars–but for literary fantasy characters! It’s a yearly event where you are able to nominate and vote for your favorite characters in fantasy fiction in the hopes that they go home with the famed Silmaril Award!

Nominations open TODAY and run through September 4th, so make sure to get your nominations in for each character category before it’s too late! (the other presenters and categories are all linked at the very end of this post, so keep your eyeballs peeled for that)

“But Kenzie,” I hear you saying to your screen, “how does this all work?!”

Well, my dear bean, there are few ways to explain that. First and foremost, I would recommend checking out the official Silmaril Awards site for all the “officially official” rules. But if clicky buttons scare you, I’ve also tried my best to replicate the general gist for you down below. Please continue at your own discretion.

The Ruleses and Whatsits Galore

RULE #1no characters from Tolkien can be nominated for the silm award

Tolkien’s characters are actually the ones presenting the Silmaril Awards to the winners, so unfortunately we are unable to have any of them be the recipients of such awards. (otherwise we would have a time-space paradox on our hands, and that would make this a science-fiction award. of which it is most decidedly not.)

RULE #2 … only fantastical literary characters allowed!

As someone who greatly enjoys reading and writing science-fiction/fantasy, I am very aware of how heartbreaking this is to all my fellow sci-fi lovers. But remember that this is a fantasy literary award, and every character nominated/voted for MUST be from a fantasy book! There are, of course, some stories that have both fantasy AND science-fiction elements to them, so if you believe that the character’s story is fantastical enough, drop their name anyway! It can never hurt to ask, right? (or maybe it can? I’ve never done this before, don’t look at me for information. XD)

RULE #3 … tell us which book the character you’re nominating is from!

My brain is an actual marshmallow, so if you don’t tell me which book your character is from, I’m probably just going to melt into a puddle of confusion and Google searches.

RULE #4 … you can nominate/second however many characters you want! the sky is the limit!

The top five characters with the most amount of “seconds” (we’ll get there in a moment) are going to move on to the VOTING round, so be sure to nominate and second all of the characters you want to see move forward! (but also please remember that you cannot “second” a character you nominated. so. keep that in mind.)

RULE #5 … authors cannot nominate their own characters!

It’s a bummer, I know, but you can definitely give your readers a gentle nudge in the right direction! I’ve found that threatening to chop their legs off with my trusty pitchfork has worked wonders in the past…

RULE #6 … previous winners cannot win twice!

The Silmaril Awards are actually considered “lifetime” awards, so make sure you’re not re-nominating someone who’s already won! (for a full list of characters who’ve won each of the categories, check out this page right here)


Apparently this is an actual rule. So DO IT OR ELSE, PEASANT!!! *waves pitchfork at you menacingly*

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All right! Now that you hopefully know how the nominating works, let’s talk about how to actually … you know. Nominate. Aheh.

So! Firstly first, you’re going to pop down into that delightful little comment section down below and drop off the name(s) and book(s) of the character(s) you want to nominate! Then, as time progresses and more names appear, you can go through and “second” any of the characters you think deserve to win this most illustrious award! The 5 characters with the most amount of “seconds” are going to move on to the voting round, where I believe the process begins all over again and we narrow it all down to a single winner!

Sound like fun? TRICK QUESTION. Of course it sounds like fun! And now that all the rules are behind us, we can finally get to the thing that I’ve been dying to talk about…


MEEP! I think the fairy godmothers over at Silmaril Awards HQ know me just a leeeeeeetle too well, because for my first ever hosting of this most prestigious award, they were kind enough to grant me with the category for … (drumroll please)


EEP! Oh my goodness, guys!!! I am so impossibly blessed to be able to be the host for this category this year! My September month has been made. And also this ties in perfectly with the fact that I wanted the two months leading up to Halloween to be filled with epic-villainy and nefarious schemes, but I digress. Let’s talk about the actual award, shall we?

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Nefarious Villains. Everyone here knows that I’m a sucker for a good villain. They are the broken, evil brains behind the most vile of plots. The darkness to the hero’s light. my smol children who deserve nothing but the best out of life and who I shall avenge to the death. There are many facets to a good evil villain, from the polished, wise, and terrifying (*cough*moriarty*cough*) to the madman with a bloody knife (*cough*stillmoriarty*cough*). But every villain has exactly one thing in common–the unrelenting desire to stop their hero, no matter the cost.

They also have a lot of emotional baggage and more than a few inner scars but SHHH. We don’t talk about those ’round here, okay. That’s for our midnight therapy sessions.

The previous winners for Most Nefarious Villain include:

  • 2016 … The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia
  • 2017 … Shift from The Chronicles of Narnia
  • 2018 … Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles
  • 2019 … Death In Life from Tales of the Goldstone Wood

–so make sure that any nominations this year do NOT include these most nefarious of villains!

Personally, I see a gaping hole where a very specific villain should be listed, but…you know. There’s still hope for this year, amiright? (unfortunately I don’t believe that series is actually considered fantasy, but it’s fine. we can change that.)

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AHEM. Anyway. Moving on.

Unfortunately there are just a few more things that I need to throw at your face before we can officially wrap this post up and get to the nominating, but don’t worry. You’re gonna love them!

First and foremost, this year we’re having a Silmaril Award GIVEAWAY, in which you can enter to win some fun prizes! I’m kinda jealous that I won’t be able to participate in this one, actually. But the fact that I get to house all the lovely villains this year makes up for it. XD

And secondly, we have a #silmarilawards2020 bookstagram challenge going on during the course of the Silmaril Awards! I’ve been a little behind with the daily challenges recently (hello, Life), but I’m definitely hoping to get caught up with that today! So if you haven’t already, hop on over to Instagram and share some of YOUR favorite literary characters with us!

And finally, here are the other hosting blogs and the schedule overview for the 2020 Silmaril Awards (a few of the names may not be available at the moment. I’m doing my best to track them down, however!)! I am so impossibly excited to be a part of this amazing team this year, and I cannot wait to see all the lovely villains you guys nominate! (just be sure to remind them to bring their sleeping bags, toothbrushes, and pitchforks when they come over. I heard we’re crashing the most epic heroine party, so maybe we should bring some s’mores, as well…)


NOMINATIONS WEEK – August 31st – September 4th

VOTING WEEK – September 7th – 11th

AWARDS CEREMONIES – September 14th – 25th


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talk to me, peasants!

OH MY GOODNESS. I honestly cannot believe that this is actually happening… I’M HELPING HOST THE SILMARIL AWARDS, PEASANTS!!! *flails for five-thousand days* And not only that, but I get to play with all the VILLAINS!!!! My heart. I don’t think it could get any fuller than it is in this moment, guys…

BUT! Enough about me! Let’s get to the nominating…! Go ahead and drop your nominations and seconds down in the comments below, my friends! I cannot WAIT to see what lovely villains I get to house this year… (I’m thinking I should have stocked up on more candy, though. if anyone has some to spare, I’d be eternally grateful.)

And as always, until next time…!

*flings cookies in the air and disappears*


236 thoughts on “THE SILMARIL AWARDS BEGIN! — Most Nefarious Villain Nomination

  1. I nominate:

    Brother from Deadwood and Geppetto’s Codex by Kyle Robert Shultz

    Moash from the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson

    Hrathen from Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (I mean, a smart, manipulative, and determined villain WITH a solid character arc? YES PLEASE)

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  2. I nominate:

    -Nimiane, from the 100 Cupboards series

    -Captain Hook, from Peter Pan

    -Conner, from The False Prince

    -the Marquess, from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (there should be a Silmaril for titles 😂)

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  3. I nominate:

    –Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter
    –Also Voldemort from Harry Potter, because why not
    –Morgarath from Ranger’s Apprentice (not sure if I spelled that right…I guess we’ll see)
    –The Witch of the Waste from Howl’s Moving Castle

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  4. I nominate:

    The Keeper (Entwined by Heather Dixon)

    Achren (Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander)

    Prince Victor of the unseelie fae (from Masters & Beginners, Rulers & Mages, and Healers & Warriors, all by Daley Downing)

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  5. I’m going to nominate Artemis Fowl and Opal Koboi from Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series and make them fight it out.

    (Have fun with your villains, Kenzie, and maybe you can invite Moriarty over for a social visit while they’re there? xD)

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  6. I nominate The Nothing from Neverending Story. I don’t expect it has much chance of winning, but I think it would be rather humorous to try and give it the award.

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  7. I’M JUST SO THRILLED TO HAVE MY KENZIE AS A HOST THIS YEAR!!! And your excitement over hosting the villains is the best thing ever. XD I know they’re in great hands! And you need candy??? I tried to get rid of all the sugar in my household, but the imps have snuck in BUCKETS of candy. ACTUAL BUCKETS. The rascals! Please, take some! (But be wary, I think I’ve heard some of the imps plotting to play some tricks on the villains, claiming that “they deserve it anyway”. Who even knows what they’re up to. >.>)

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      • Honestly, this is my first year participating, AND my first year hosting, and I am SCREAMING OH MY WORD. XD (but yesss! it is so much fun?? I feel so honored to be a part of this this year!!!)


    • I am honestly just so happy to be here this year!!! This is like…the coolest blogging thing I’ve ever been a part of, not gonna lie. XD OH DEAR. We will definitely take some of that candy! Though I do think giving us poisonous candy is declaring war on us, so…. *begins sharpening pitchforks* XD (also also! I hear there’s a bonfire going on over at the heroine camp! wanna come join us for some delightful kidnapping?)

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  8. I nominate:

    – Devin (Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis)
    – Draewulf (Storm Siren series by Mary Weber)
    – Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

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  9. I nominate:
    The Voice from Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams
    Rupert de la Mare from Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag
    Mictar from the Echoes from the Edge/Time Echoes series by Bryan Davis (clarification: Echoes from the Edge was republished as Time Echoes; from what I understand, it’s still the same story).
    Nemesia from the Legends of Karac Tor by D. Barkley Briggs
    Tamiel from the Children of the Bard series by Bryan Davis


  10. I nominate
    -Orpheus from Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
    -Decimus Brutus from Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Neilson
    -Dankar from the Five Stones Trilogy by G. A. Morgan


  11. I second Devin, Lilith, Dr. Phoenix/Edward or Oliver Laughlin, Opal Koboi, Galbatorix, and the Nothing.

    I nominate Radu Bey from Ashtown Burials. Also Babd Catha (same series). *shudders*


  12. Because no one else is probably going to nominate him (hello, obscure fave), White No-Face from Heaven Official’s Blessing. The guy gives me the creeps.

    Also Mordred from like…any Arthurian retelling because he’s my sweet baby boy and I will cuddle him (and probably get stabbed in the face for my trouble).

    And Moriarty ;-) I cheat for you, Kenzie

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  13. I second Moash, Hrathen, Umbridge, Voldemort, and Devin, and nominate Ruin (Mistborn Era 1, Brandon Sanderson) and Odium (Stormlight Archive, Brandon Sanderson).


  14. I nominate:
    Lady Cavanagh from The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
    Seigan from So Sang the Dawn by AnnMarie Pavese

    I second:
    The Nothing
    Gnag the Nameless
    Lord Whitlock


  15. I nominate
    The Hooded One/Briar
    The Lord Of The Locusts/Mim
    and Prince Caspian’s Uncle Miraz (I dare not call him king for he took that title by murdering his brother)
    From The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
    All of these are fairly terrible villains


  16. Actually. Can I nominate a villain from a webcomic? It would be a book if it was printed… and I’m hoping it will be printed in the future. He’s just such a fun-slash-murderous villain.

    If you can check with the Silmaril Powers That Be, Kenzie? It’s Aetius Nimrod from The Silver Eye. (There’s a summary page for him here.)

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      • No prob, when it didn’t show up I figured that inserting links might have sent it off on an unfortunate adventure! (I think you’d like Aetius… he very much enjoys his job. And he has a magic axe.)


  17. I nominate Peter of Frell from Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Uncle Andrew from The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis, and Capricorn and The Adderhead from Inkheart/spell/death by Cornelia Funke!


  18. I second:
    Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
    Morgarath (Ranger’s Apprentice)
    Achren (Prydain)
    Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)
    Mictar (Echoes from the Edge)
    Miraz (Narnia)
    Uncle Andrew (Narnia)

    I nominate:
    Daican, Falcor, Richard, and Davira (Ilyon Chronicles)
    The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)


  19. Okay, the fact that my sweet Kenzie is so delighted to hang out with VILLAINS is making me laugh hilariously. XD

    I second:
    Lady Life-in-Death
    The Gentleman with Thistledown Hair
    Conner (Ascendance trilogy)
    Captain Hook
    Witch of the Waste
    Lord Whitlock
    Uncle Miraz
    Uncle Andrew

    And I nominate:
    Sir Dray (The Weaver trilogy by Lindsay Franklin)
    Cythraul (Myridian Constellation by Wayne Thomas Batson)
    Taksidian (Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Liparulo)
    Cren Cru (Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl)
    Morgan (Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire by Bryan Davis)
    Teague (The Wish Granter by CJ Redwine; *shivers* he was terrifying)
    Minya (Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor)

    Good luuuuuck! XD


  20. I second:

    Morgarath from Ranger’s Apprentice
    Achren from Prydain
    Miraz from Narnia
    Uncle Andrew from Narnia
    Daican, Falcor, Richard, and Davira from Ilyon
    Mictar from Echoes from the Edge

    I nominate:
    Lord Nathak from Blood of Kings
    Deparnieux from Ranger’s Apprentice


  21. I second Cren Cru, Uncle Andrew, and Morgan (DIOM/OOF).

    I nominate the Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood — totally possible she’s already been nominated, so if so, this is a second), Amarok (Tales of Goldstone Wood), and the Unicorn (Tales of Goldstone Wood).


  22. I second:
    Captain Hook
    Dr. Jekyll
    Lord Nathak

    And my siblings, who don’t have a WordPress account so couldn’t figure out how to leave their own comments, second:

    Lady Life-in-Death
    Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair
    Gnag from Wingfeather Saga
    Lord Whitlock
    Devin (Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis)
    The Voice from Moonscript
    Dr. Jekyll
    Daican, Falcor, Richard, and Davira
    Cren Cru
    Lord Nathak
    (My sister’s seconds)

    Captain Hook, from Peter Pan
    Also Voldemort from Harry Potter
    Morgarath from Ranger’s Apprentice
    The Witch of the Waste from Howl’s Moving Castle
    Lord Whitlock
    Dr. Jekyll
    (My brother’s seconds)

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