Winners - 2008
This is our fourth year of our annual Fantasy Awards, and this year weve modified and broadened our genres a little, adding a few genres including a poetry prize!
We've also introduced the Council Award where one of our members gets picked for contributions during the year. Since this is our first year with this prize Lord Elrond has picked a member that has contributed over the past years.
We will also pick the winners in the voting competition too, but this will be made at a separate occasion.
The Wrath of the Lich King
Best Fantasy Game Soundtrack/Album
The Wrath of the Lich King uses diverse instruments to create a unique soundscape while remaining firmly rooted in the WoW universe.
Other nominees: Fable 2 by Russell Shaw (with Danny Elfman), Lord of the Rings: The Mines of Moria by Chance Thomas & Stephen DiGregorio, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures by Knut Avenstroup Haugen
The Reiters by Erdenstern
Best Fantasy Song
Germany's Erdenstern perfectly convey the mood of cavalry setting out for battle in this grandiose and epic track.
Other nominees: Elder World by Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning, Fable II Theme by Russell Shaw & Danny Elfman, Main Theme World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King by Russell Brower
Her only friend the Moon by Alexander Jansson
Best Original Artwork
Sweden's Alexander Jansson successfully captures whimsical, dark emotion, very much in the style of Tim Burton meets Where the Wild Things Are.
Other nominees: The Book of War - Map by Maven, Half-elf of Lothlorien by Ista Sharrasi, The Truth Beneath the Rose by Tincolindo
Gargrim the Liar
Best Independent Artist
Sweden's (& Rivendell's own) Gargrim the Liar has been lauded by reviewers as a masterful music mixologist.
Other nominees: Priscilla Hernandez, Sibelian, Zmei Gorinich
The Lonely Path - Tincolindo
Best Song by an Independent Artist
"The Lonely Path" demonstrates Tincolindo's big (and successful) leap into composing with notational software.
Other nominees: Eternal Glory by Zmei Gorinich, The Road to Freedom by Pontus Rufelt, The Eve of Battle by Sean Beeson
Previously nominated for both musical compositions and original artwork, England's own Tincolindo (aka: Averil White) has shown a creative tenacity that only gets better with each listen.
Other nominees: For Luthien (aka: Arcana Chronicles), David Fang, James Semple
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by Harry Gregson-Williams
Best Fantasy Film or TV Soundtrack
Harry Gregson-Williams follows up his 2005 soundtrack to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with a bigger, bolder effort that was clearly the most memorable film score of the year.
Other nominees: Hellboy II: The Golden Army by Danny Elfman, The Spiderwick Chronicles by James Horner, Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Karl Preusser
Radio Rivendell Compilation Volume 2 - The Book of War by Various Artists
Best Fantasy Album
Radio Rivendell's second compilation captured the top spot through its inspired collaboration with cutting-edge Waerloga Records and some of today's best young fantasy composers.
Best Fantasy Composer
Jeremy Soule is the Godfather of fantasy scoring.
Other nominees: Za Frûmi, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams
Best Fantasy Group
Led by rock legend Ritchie Blackmore and the angel-voiced Candice Night, Blackmore's Night has emerged as today's pre-eminent folk rock band.
Other nominees: Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning, Za Frûmi, Within Temptation
The Half-Knight by Kris Swank (aka Maven)
Best Original Writing
Maven (aka: Kris Swank) wrote this poem in hopes that her nephew comes home from Iraq with all his original pieces intact.
Other nominees: Wind by Wordwarrior, The Heart of Radio Rivendell by Dreamer's Heart, Fairies Day by TJ BECKER Just Feathers
Elrond's Council Award
Witchywanda has always been the most positive and encouraging voice in our forums, she's more or less always online and shines a welcoming aura to all our visitors, being it first-comers, young or old!