View Full Version : Freak board Contest - Ode to the King of the Dead-WINNER ANNOUNCED!

08-27-2005, 03:07 PM
The King of the Dead - a great statue and one that should be part of any true Ringer's collection. The Sideshow Freaks board will be giving away a brand new King of the Dead statue (opened for inspection). But you're going to have to work for this one. Write a poem or song about this character (or statue) and send it to me at: dstephan@sideshowcollectors.com
Subject: "Ode to KoD"
Include -
-your board name
-real name
-Shipping address
and the poem

The deadline for submissions is midnight PST September 18. This is open to US and international board members.

It can be a haiku or an epic, funny or sad; just make it good. A team of highly trained literists will judge the poems (or maybe just me). The winning poem will be posted here after the contest is over.

Get out those quill pens and let's see some poetry!

08-27-2005, 03:59 PM
Very cool of you and SS Dave!! Since, I have one I will pass on this contest.

Psycho Cenobite
08-28-2005, 03:12 AM
Oh, this is a tough one! :rock

I was rubbish at English at school but I'll see if I can get a few lines down.

Psycho Cenobite :balrog

Psycho Cenobite
08-28-2005, 03:48 AM
I've got my first three lines but I'm strugling with an end! :doh

Psycho Cenobite :balrog

Psycho Cenobite
08-28-2005, 07:19 AM
Just finished my 12 line poem! :lol

I think this has to be the first ever poem I've writen... I might have to start wearing fancy hats with feathers in them! :hat

I'll email it over in a bit... I just want to check a few bits in it.

Psycho Cenobite :balrog

Psycho Cenobite
08-28-2005, 07:33 AM
I've just sent the email with the poem! :yay

Just to point out that I'm not very good at spelling or English in general. So if there are any spelling mistakes or incorrect grammor, let me know and I'll try to correct them.

Psycho Cenobite :balrog

08-28-2005, 01:45 PM
As I already have KOTD, I pass. Great contest Dave :bow :bow :bow

TC :bonk :eye :bonk

08-29-2005, 08:25 AM
There one lived the King Of The Dead,
Who actually didn't live as he was speared through the head,
Isildur he betrayed, and was made to haunt a cave,
Now he's waiting for a king and a sword instead!

Psycho Cenobite
08-29-2005, 08:35 AM
Violets are blue,
Roses are red,
The way is shut,
Said the King of The Dead! :lol

This wasn't the one I entered but I might put it in if I can enter twice! :yay

Psycho Cenobite :bat

08-29-2005, 06:45 PM
Another GREAT contest Dave!!!!! I'm in! Email sent.:banana

I was a poet,
And didn't know it!

Guard protect and cherish this land. For there is no afterlife for a place that started out as Heaven.

B Electronic
08-30-2005, 07:39 AM
I'm gonna hazard a guess and say that the poem has to be in English, right?

Hmmm....I better get my groove on if I want to win this one :hat

08-30-2005, 08:09 AM
English? You can write it in Elvish if you want, but I'll need a translation into English also then.:arwen

Psycho Cenobite
08-30-2005, 08:49 AM
Hi Dave! Nice idea this comp! :banana

Did you get my poem? I have to send from my Wanadoo account and I'm never to sure if they send! :google

Psycho Cenobite :balrog

08-30-2005, 06:22 PM
I got it Paul - I'm not reading any until I have all the submissions.

Mannix DLS
09-02-2005, 07:19 PM
Cool contest Dave !!! :clap :rock

I'll pass since I already have 3 KotDs :p

09-04-2005, 11:24 AM
Not much of a poet and already have a KOTD (very cool statue by the way)...
Nice going though, Dave.... :clap


09-06-2005, 07:22 PM
If you're entering this contest and HAVEN'T submitted your poem, please send it to this email - the other one is in transition:

max@maxwellsgoldenhammer.com (max@maxwellsgoldenhammer.com)

Darklord Dave
09-10-2005, 07:42 PM
Okay, you can send the submissions to dstephan@sideshowcollectors.com again.

Only a few days left to enter!!!

Darklord Dave
09-17-2005, 09:45 PM
One more day! Get those entries in!:banana

09-18-2005, 05:30 AM
One more day! Get those entries in!:banana

Thanks for the reminder, I had almost forgotten.

Entry sent, hope if arrived to your new email safely.

09-18-2005, 07:30 AM
Yeah, I sent mine last night after your reminder also. Thanks again for the contest Dave! :joy

Nemo Nint
09-18-2005, 12:48 PM
I just submitted my entry too! I hope it was received, Dave! :D

I don't have a King of the Dead but it is very wonderful looking. Actually I am kinda excited to submit 'cause I haven't made any nice poems in a while but usually I am okay at making them. This will be awesome, I can't wait to see who wins. Contests are always fun, but especially ones where the prizes are really exciting to me personally, even if I don't win.

Darklord Dave
09-18-2005, 01:01 PM
Got all of yours - now where is everyone else's?

Nemo Nint
09-18-2005, 06:54 PM
I hope you don't mind me submitting an update Dave.

Since you'll go through them when the contest completes, I"ll just mention the update inside the email.

I was looking it over and found 2-3 spelling mistakes and some wording I wasn't fond of, I think it's as polished as I want it to be, now.


GAH.. okay I feel stupid- I sent the update minus part of it.. so, you'll now have not one but two emails from me that form my update.

I should have just written something simple like the Violets are Blue, Roses are Read King of the Dead one... :D

09-19-2005, 03:18 PM
I should have just written something simple like the Violets are Blue, Roses are Read King of the Dead one... :D


What do you mean simple! :sick


Psycho Cenobite :horror

09-19-2005, 03:33 PM
D'oh I forgot to send mine in!

Darklord Dave
09-19-2005, 07:16 PM
Due to other commitments, winner to be announced Wednesday. Keep on pins and needles - poetry fans!

Nemo Nint
09-19-2005, 07:39 PM
Due to other commitments, winner to be announced Wednesday. Keep on pins and needles - poetry fans!

*bites nails*

okay good luck to everyone who entered. I hope Dave puts up all the poems.

09-21-2005, 02:39 PM
It's Wednesday now,
don't have a cow.
The winner's not posted,
my brain's now toasted!

The suspense is KILLING me! Best of luck to all who entered!

09-21-2005, 03:06 PM
Yeah, good luck everybody!!

09-21-2005, 09:32 PM
There once was a King of the Dead,
Who caused Men of the West fear and dread.
He met Aragorn,
And brought help in the morn;
His oath was fulfilled and he fled. :D

09-22-2005, 02:20 AM
Good luck everyone! :peace

I'm going to be refreshing this page all day! :google

Psycho Cenobite :horror

Nemo Nint
09-22-2005, 06:59 AM
King of the Dead!
Stone for a bed!
Intangible head!
Haunts my tool shed!


Darklord Dave
09-22-2005, 09:34 AM
There are so many good entries it's difficult judging and I've had to call in extra help - will announce the winner soon!

09-22-2005, 10:58 AM
King of the Dead, oh King of the Dead
The one Statue missing, from beside my bed.
The potential winner, announcement soon.
Maybe sometime this afternoon.
My anticipation grows, as time slips by.
"Must have this polystone!" I scream and cry.


Nemo Nint
09-22-2005, 01:11 PM
Hey, SB... I like that!
Except for me.

"Must have this polystone!" I scream and cry
kidding kidding..

oh crap I just remembered something..

09-23-2005, 01:47 PM
Another day has come and gone,
The winner's light has not yet shone.
So I must wait a little more,
With nails bitten and fingers sore
For the King of the Dead
To reach my door............


09-23-2005, 07:47 PM
Aragorn, Aragorn, why did you flee?
I thought I would win you, don't you see?
Alas, alas, it was not to be;
Maybe the King of the Dead for me? :aragorn

Nemo Nint
09-23-2005, 08:47 PM
The courses unknown-
Dread paths King of the Dead trod
In mountain ice-cold.

Insomniacs ache-
Nerves keep us up late.
A statue's at stake-
How long must we wait?

A poem contest
Midst Autumn's colourful dance
A wonderful thing.

Once upon a Time
People fought with rhyme
For a King,
Dead rotting,
Green skin like a lime.

09-23-2005, 09:33 PM
Another day draws to a close.
Who has won, no one knows.
I'll look tomorrow, when I'm online,
And hope this statue will be mine.
For me right now, it's off to bed
To dream of his majesty,
The King of the Dead


Nemo Nint
09-23-2005, 09:51 PM
With all this talk of the King of the Dead
Someone should make a new poetry thread.
In the "Off Topic" place, where it should be stored..
Or "Other discussion", as on this new board.
Plus post other works, both funny and not-
But I personally like to laugh quite a lot.

09-24-2005, 05:27 AM
Nemo suggested a poetry thread,
Because of the poems to the King of the Dead!

:wacky :clap :blissy

09-24-2005, 09:13 AM
A poetry thread
For the King for the Dead,
And other statues too.
Our thoughts would flow
From mind to pen,
With a saga or hiku.

Let it be said
That a poetry thread
Was started on this forum.
By Nemo Nint
And Stridersbain.
Begin this little quarum.

Another contest
Perhaps will come,
As Dave may yet announce.
So until then,
Bring paper to pen,
And remember polystone don't bounce.


Darklord Dave
09-24-2005, 03:10 PM
Okay guys you're killing me with the poetry thread!

Sorry it took so long, but it was a tough call. And just because the winner is on the long side don't think that the shorter poems weren't equally considered. There was some good stuff here. The one in cocky was a bit difficult to read, but thankfully there was a translation. So without further ado, here's the winner of Ode to King of the Dead...

In times long past a battle was waged, between the forces of evil and good.

A King of men swore an oath to Isildur; the consequences not understood.

When time came for the King and his men, to fulfill the oath and fight,

They forsook their promise and fled to the mountains to hide in the darkness of night.

Isildur cursed the King and his men, proclaiming they would never know rest,

Until they came forth and fulfilled their oath to fight for the Men of the West.

A long age passed, and the King and his men faded from memory and sight;

They inhabited the mountain where they had hid and devolved into phantoms of fright.

At last, a time long appointed arrived, and an heir of Isildur came forth.

He was in great need of haste, to bring help to the South from the north.

Along with friends of great courage and renown, he approached the haunted door,

Not knowing for certain if the King of the Dead would fulfill the oath of lore.

They entered the Haunted Mountain, and trod the appointed path.

And all those who followed Aragorn, feared The Dead and the rumor of their wrath.

Then one came forth and blocked their way, he was the King of the Dead!

He proclaimed that the dead do not suffer the living and all were filled with dread.

Aragorn stood forth and challenged the King, proclaiming his kinship of old;

Drawing his sword and standing his ground, he was tall, fearless and bold!

The King of the Dead wavered in doubt, and summoned The Dead to his call;

They surrounded the men and hemmed them in, standing from wall to wall.

The Heir of Isildur declared his title and faced the King once more;

He offered peace and eternal rest if they followed him to war.

The King of the Dead gave thought to his words and slowly moved aside;

The Dead filed behind the Men of the West and followed in their stride.

They marched across the southern lands and came to the Great Riverís shore;

Aragorn called them to the fore and implored them to fulfill the oath of yore.

He did not know if the ancient swords would bite or whether The Dead could fight;

But he had no need to worry as he watched the Corsairs flee in fright!

Up the Great River sailed the Men of the West, with billowing sails of black.

They arrived in the morning at the Tower of Guard and Aragorn called forth the attack.

The tide was turned and the Day was won with the help of The Dead and their King.

Their oath was fulfilled and the curse was released and their spirits took flight on a wing.


Congratulations lcummins!

I would encourage the other contestants to post their poems too, either here or in that new poetry thread that I'm sure will get put up over in The Sandbox.

09-24-2005, 03:47 PM
Congratulations lcummins! :clap Nice work! I have started the KotD poetry thread in the Sandbox. I'd like to read everybody's work. I'd like to know if I was in the running or not.


09-24-2005, 03:56 PM
Congrats lcummins!!

The Josh
09-24-2005, 04:02 PM
:banana Congrats LC :banana

09-24-2005, 06:59 PM
Congratulations lcummins! :banana

So are all the poems going to be posted?

PC :banana

Nemo Nint
09-24-2005, 07:54 PM
Congratulations to you my friend Lonnie! What a wonderful poem!

Darklord Dave
09-24-2005, 09:29 PM
If the entrants choose to post them they'll get posted. As I said - I encourage everyone to post theirs. Here and/or in The Sandbox thread.

09-24-2005, 09:54 PM
Great job Lonnie. A very good read. Most enjoyable. :clap

09-25-2005, 01:29 AM
Congrats Lonnie!

And here's the link to the other KotD poems in the Sandbox forum:
KotD poems (http://sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=66183#post66183)

09-25-2005, 08:30 AM
Here's my effort:

The King of the Dead,
Crown upon his head,
With skin of transparent green.

The way is shut,
His words thus cut,
Haunting the Paths of the Dead.

All that is spoken,
Is of the oath that was broken,
Here in the land of Gondor.

But upon Aragons call,
The curse will fall
And the Dead can finally rest.

Psycho Cenobite :horror

09-25-2005, 11:01 AM
Congratulations to the King of Poetry, well done!! I'm very impressed with this lengthy work of words. :clap :clap :clap :clap :bow

09-25-2005, 06:42 PM
Congratz Lonnie!

09-26-2005, 04:58 AM
Wow! Thanks so much guys. Iím very flattered by your praise. I really did not expect to win because there are so many talented people on this board. All of the entries that have been posted so far are excellent. Everyone else needs to post their entry so we can read them and enjoy them as well. Thanks again Dave for a wonderful contest, and a big thanks to everyone who entered. :o