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"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds, and hands, wielding paint and music and drama."

Most authors dream of having their stories illustrated.
- Linda Hoyland, fanfiction author


We are a group that unites those who write fanfiction stories for the big and wonderful world of professor Tolkien, and those who draw or paint their visions of it. Our goal is to encourage artists to read and illustrate fanfiction, and collect such stories and illustrations.

We closely collaborate with the fanfiction archives Naice a Nilme and The Silmarillion Writers' Guild and fanfiction contest Teitho



:bulletgreen: fanfiction stories

:bulletgreen: poems

:bulletgreen: humorous and crack fanfics

:bulletgreen: fanfiction illustrations - the picture should have a link to the story or at least its title in the artist's comments. We also accept illustrations for roleplays, the Black Book of Arda and for fan movies (Born of Hope and The Hunt for Gollum)

:bulletgreen: Between the lines - here we accept pictures which themselves tell a story that is not in the books, or just hinted at, it doesn't have to have a link to a story (It can be an AU, original characters, or illustration of the characters before or after the events in the books/movies, a scene that was not showed but logically had to happen, etc.)

:bulletgreen: Teitho pictures: Teitho is a monthly fanfiction challenge, which gives you a theme to write about. Here, we challenge you to take the same theme, and draw a picture for it. It doesn't have to feature Aragorn and/or Legolas, like the written entries do. Your best pictures will be featured at the Teitho site as well.

:bulletgreen:B2MeM: Every year in March, the The Silmarillion Writers' Guild organizes a Back to Middle-earth Month. This folder is for the entries created for it. (You can submit also entries from previous years)

:bulletgreen:NaN illustrations: Every month, the Naice a Nilme archive helds a poll for the Story of the month. We will post the links to the competing stories in our journal, and you chose the story that inspires you, and draw an illustration for it. The best illustrations will be featured in the Naice a Nilme archive together with the Story of the Month.

:bulletred:About slash and mature content: In both pictures and stories, mature content should be put under a filter, and comply with the dA policy:FAQ #220: What is Mature Content? and FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?. Slash stories should have a warning either in the title or author's comments - authors and readers should be respectful to each other and their preferences.

:bulletred:Please, no Mary Sues in pictures or stories!



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We collect art inspired by Tolkien fanfiction, and encourage artists to illustrate fanfiction stories
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I hope you won't take our theme for March literally. The theme is Sickness as suggested by Lily.

It can be a rather straigtforward theme - if you want it to be. Everyone has been sick at least a few times, and it's easy to imagine Tolkien's characters in such situation. Elves are an exception - they supposedly don't get sick from natural causes, but that still leaves some unnatural causes to your fantasy (dark magic? poison? maybe the sealonging can be viewed as a sickness as well?). Middle-earth is based on our world, and one can assume that the same bacteria and viruses would plaque its non-elvish population as to plaque us. But some types of sickness don't have an equivalent in our world, and our medicine would not be able to deal with them, like Frodo's illness in the anniversaries of his injuries.

Besides a disease though, there can be also other forms of sickness, which are more about the state of the mind. Remember the dragon-sickness of Thorin, or madness of Denethor, for example. Even a simple home-sickness falls into this cathegory. The land can get sick as well: imagine the scars that Sauron's rule left in Mordor, the Brown lands that used to be the Ent-wives' gardens once, or what Saruman was able to do in the Shire in even a short time. A sick land can be healed just like a sick person, but it can take much, much longer - and just like with human healing, some scars are left forever.

P.S. March is also Back to Middle-earth month. The 2015 theme is "Tharbad's Greenway Spring Faire" - a big marketplace with prompts and fanworks for all! The full rules can be found here.

P.P.S. not really serious note from Mirach: This theme would be great for a House MD in Middle-earth crossover :D Would someone like to write that? *puppy eyes*

And the winners are:

An Ill-Heart and An Ill-Mind by LegolasLover2003
Attack on Lindir by Lily Lindsey-Aubrey
Called from the Shadows by Rebecca Wilkin
Dear Ada by Horsegirl01
Greenleaves amid the Stone by Shire Rose
Gwador by Erosaf
Healing the Healers by Rhymer 1st place
King's Hands by Rivergift
Memento Mori by My Blue Rose
Metamorphosing the Blight by TimeDetonated
Nai Tawar Calen Ad by Cassie Hughes
The Counsel of Erestor by Telemachus
The Faintest Hope by Febobe
The Gift by Karri
The Path of Memories by Alinah
Thranduil’s Ark by Wynja2007 3rd place
Under the Shadow of this Red Rock by Linda Hoyland
Welcome to Rivendell by Sian22 2nd place

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

Your Teitho-moderator,

P.P.P.S. Yay, somebody actually wrote a House MD in Middle-earth crossover! :D



Journal Entry: Wed Apr 15, 2015, 5:30 AM

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We are proud to announce the winners of our joint contest, held by the groups


The judges considered bot the artistic quality of the work and uniqueness of the theme when voting.

The judges were the admins of the participating groups:

:iconspotlightplz:1st place:iconspotlightplz:

 The Old Forest by Sieskja
The Old Forest

"They picked a way among the trees, and their ponies plodded along, carefully avoiding the many writhing and interlacing roots. There was no undergrowth. The ground was rising steadily, and as they went forward it seemed that the trees became taller, darker, and thicker. There was no sound, except an occasional drip of moisture falling through the still leaves. For the moment there was no whispering or movement among the branches; but they all got an uncomfortable feeling that they were being watched with disapproval, deepening to dislike and even enmity. The feeling steadily grew, until they found themselves looking up quickly, or glancing back over their shoulders, as if they expected a sudden blow."

J.R.R. Tolkien,The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 6 "The Old Forest"

More by Sieskja
Saruman, come forth ! by SieskjaAredhel in the forest of Nan Elmoth by Sieskja
'The mystery of death before us' by SieskjaNimheare and Silas by SieskjaThe Legend of Sauveboeuf by Sieskja

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:iconspotlightplz:2nd place:iconspotlightplz:

Errand-riders in the Night by peet
Errand-riders in the Night

'There was a silence again for a while. Then, 'What is that?' cried Pippin suddenly, clutching at Gandalf's cloak. 'Look! Fire, red fire! Are there dragons in this land? Look, there is another!'
For answer Gandalf cried aloud to his horse. 'On, Shadowfax! We must hasten. Time is short. See! The beacons of Gondor are alight, calling for aid. War is kindled. See, there is the fire on Amon Don, and flame on Eilenach; and there they go speeding west: Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and the Halifirien on the borders of Rohan.'
But Shadowfax paused in his stride, slowing to a walk, and then he lifted up his head and neighed. And out of the darkness the answering neigh of other horses came; and presently the thudding of hoofs was heard, and three riders swept up and passed like flying ghosts in the moon and vanished into the West.'

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Book V, Chapter 1: Minas Tirith

More  by peet
Midsummer's Eve by peetBeren the Solitary Outlaw by peet
 Beorn In Battle by peetFingolfin challenges Morgoth by peetA Vision of Gondolin by peet

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:iconspotlightplz:3rd place:iconspotlightplz:

Nibs Cotton by TolmanCotton
Nibs Cotton

Nibs Cotton defending Rosie and his mother... from Sam. Not that he recognized him immediately, with his finery, chain-mail and all. Rosie did, actually. But then, she had been waiting for him since Spring.

More by TolmanCotton
Lady of the Golden Wood by TolmanCottonRose Cotton by TolmanCotton
The Scouring of the Shire by TolmanCottonThe Crowning of Elessar by TolmanCottonHomeward Bound by TolmanCotton

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:spotlight-left:HONORABLE MENTIONS:spotlight-right:

Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor by neral85
Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor

Atanatar II was the sixteenth king of Gondor. His father Hyarmendacil I had been one of Gondor's greatest Kings, so Atanatar II inherited a powerful empire stretching from the Greyflood to the Sea of Rhûn, and to which even the Men of Umbar and Harad paid homage. The King loved luxury and it was during his reign that the original Crown of Gondor was replaced by a jeweled helm. "Men said precious stones were pebbles in Gondor for children to play with." The wealth and splendour of Atanatar's realm earned him the title Alcarin ('Glorious') but he did little to maintain its strength, and nothing to expand its influence. Thus already during Atanatar's reign, Gondor began to stagnate. Atanatar II ruled Gondor for seventy-seven years, during which the wealth and power created by his father slowly began to wane. He was succeeded by his eldest son Narmacil I.
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Travelling south by RobleskaZeppelin
Travelling south

Elven princess Idril, mortal man Tuor and their half-elven son Eärendil travelling from ruined Gondolin, through Nan-Tathren and south, along the river to the sea. The scene can be found in Silmarillion, chapter "Of Tuor and the fall of Gondolin"

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Nienor's Fall at Cabed-en-Aras by Nim-lock

Nienor's Fall at Cabed-en-Aras

"Looking down upon Turin she cried: 'Farewell, O twice beloved! A Turin Turambar turun ambartanen: master of doom by doom mastered! O happy to be dead!' Then Brandir who had heard all, standing stricken upon the edge of ruin, hastened towards her; but she ran from him distraught with horror and anguish, and coming to the brink of Cabed-en-Aras she cast herself over, and was lost in the wild water" (Silmarillion, 223). 

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 Tinfang Warble's song of the stars by SmilingOfTheHealerHow far we've come. by nadinmadeamessBrego, King of Rohan by LJ-Todd
An Elven Wedding - Elrond and Celebrian by Faerietopiadiscovering pipe weed by dieroteirisThe dark plague hits Gondor by AncaXBre
Glorfindels prophecy to Earnur by EleweenRegret by The-MisfitMelkor and Varda by MorellAgrysis
Frodo and his friends in the Old Forest by MeinFragezeichenCotton's Stand by BenMaynardOfManyArtsSnowmane's Grave by Alektra007

Elwing by HemhetSauron's Arrival to Numenor by YayeniaCalming Thorin by NekoHimeAnny
Thingol received them kindly... by Row93Melian by Castile213Almost Forgotten by Teiglin14Goldberry's Feast by MoonlightPrincess
LotR Never Seen Before: Estel's True Heritage by SaphariThe Last Stand of Dain I and Fror by AreusBookwormAll the Tale of His Wrongs by FISHnibWana

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1st place:

- a hand-painted t-shirt by MirachRavaia…
- a print of a map of Beleriand by Sirielle
- bust of a single character from Grim-Grinning
- a traditional drawing commission from SkyKly
- "deviation of the week" feature in TheHobbitFans

2nd place:

- a Middle-earth themed spoon by MirachRavaia Middle-earth spoons

3rd place:

- a Middle-eartth themed art request by MirachRavaia

All places:

- The Lord of the Rings audiobook
- The Complete Songs & Poems collection by Tolkien Ensamble
- points distributed from the donation pool in Dreams-of-Arda's profile (2585 points in total)  in a 4:3:2 pattern
- Thranduil papercraft sword from MorellAgrysis
- an art request from Reikiwie
- a feature by the participating groups and:
- llamas

Rohirrim journal skin.

Horse head © 2009 - Grinmir-stock
Texture by kizistock
Knotwork by gbrgraphix

Raiment is our theme for the rainy month of April. Thanks to Wynja2007 for the suggestion!

Nobody walks around Middle-earth naked (even Gollum wears some sort of loin-cloth in the sake of decency), and so this month we would like to look closer at what the characters are wearing. Clothes make the man, it is said. In our case, they can also make an ELf, Dwarf or Hobbit. They can be a symbol of social status, or belonging to a certain culture. They can also be practical and suitable for various conditions - because social status won't protect you from a blizzard. In extreme circumstances, such clothes can be the difference between life and death, and this is valid also for armour.

As Wynja said in her suggestion, raiment can include any item of clothing; perhaps a piece of uniform, or a lost shoe... we all know what that did for Cinderella, but thinking in terms of Teitho, what went through the minds of the Company when the Mouth of Sauron held up Frodo's mithril coat? How would any of them fared without the mysterious aid of the cloaks of the Galadhrim?

You can also tackle the theme of missing clothing, and its embarassing consequences. Did it get stolen or eaten by a goat? Time to find some fig leaves! But the question of nudity in different cultures can also be a serious one. So put on your writing (or drawing) cap, and show us what Tolkien's characters are wearing (or not)!

The deadline for this challenge is April 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below! after an extension.

For writers: send your stories to The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of :iconarda-inspired:: . The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments. The 1st place winner will receive 100 dA points from MirachRavaia!

Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,

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hushicho Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Call me when you start accepting non-heterosexual content. Cordoning it off into your favourites folder really isn't acceptable, and the whole policy of this group is incredibly heterosexist. Yeah, you'll accept crack pairings and whatever fanfic as long as it's straight, but you have to hide anything non-hetero in a folder in your favourites, not even allowing it in your gallery anywhere when you could just as easily create a folder in that gallery.

Segregating something to that extent is not being accepting or diverse, and it doesn't make you any less offensive for doing it.
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, you are actually right. The problem is, there is *always* someone who finds something offensive. We have tried to appease all parties, and when my co-founder was still active, that rule was a result of our discussion as a compromise of our opinions. We feared that allowing slash art might be a bit discriminating to other artists, because by definition, all of such art is "between the lines" and therefore acceptable, while a lot of "canon" art isn't. But as we didn't get many submissions of slash art anyways, I think it is safe to change the rule (I considered doing it for some time already). We will see how it works - sexual content of any kind is not the group's primar focus, and I hope it will stay so, but an occassional submission of it should be alright.
hushicho Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry, I know I sounded fairly harsh there. It was a day when I was reminded of the very ugliest side of the Middle-Earth fandom, and a huge amount of that is incredibly homophobic. Ironically one of the biggest haters out there is a user named Faerietopia -- go figure, right? -- who has one of the groups involved in the 'never before seen' art event coming up, which at first I was eager to do...and then I lost all my drive after seeing so much hate. I really do like doing Middle-Earth inspired work, but sometimes the fandom just kills any joy in me. I was incredibly unhappy and irritated.

I think honestly non-hetero art doesn't have to be necessarily sexual in nature. I've seen 'homosexual' bizarrely conflated with 'pornography' (and of course other delightful terms such as 'hate speech' and 'blasphemy', on one of the sadder Tolkien groups), but there are so very many things to do with gay content that isn't at all sexual, or at least not explicit. Since DA's policy forbids explicit sex pieces anyway, it's one of the reasons why I kind of feel mentioning it again in groups is kind of redundant. I just really don't think that having a folder for it would really upset anyone, especially on a group where the content is inspired by Middle-Earth.

Honestly, to tell you my story, I always found myself more inspired by Middle-Earth and where it made my imagination go than I really read the stories. I let my mind wander a bit, with the setting, and I remember all those wonderful, magical adventures. I think Middle-Earth is fantastic as inspiration, and it can lay the seed for so many glorious things.

Thank you for being an admirable voice of reason here, and thank you as well for your patience with a confessed Middle-Earth lover who was having a very, very bad day in the fandom.
Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my work :heart:
BranBolger Featured By Owner May 4, 2014

To anyone who reads this:

do you like to design fantasy characters, or do you simply like to draw digitally?

i need somebody that is willing to design the artwork for the cards and the other elements for the game that i’m making. i can’t pay you for it, because i’m only 14 years old, but if i ever get to publish the game, i will contact you to make arrangements. if you are interested in working with me, contact me You can also contact me on my facebook (…) or my google+ (…)

also, if you know somebody that would maybe be interested, send them there!

the game that i’m making takes place in middle earth, so the style would be similar to Alan Lee’s and Jhon Howe’s, although the characters are not those appearing in the books or films.

a couple of examples of the style that I’m looking for:elifsiebenpfeiffer.deviantart.………
HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!  I'm looking for someone who knows Tengwar to help me with writing a phrase in Sindarin, just wondering if anyone in this group is familiar with it or knows someone else who is?  Thanks! :D (Big Grin)
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's actually not that hard, there are a few nice tutorials that can help you:
TUTORIAL: How to write Elvish by snurtz A Guide to Tengwar by Akinyi-Mojiko
HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soooo I tried to submit something for the December art portion of Teitho and it says I can't because I've submitted something in the last 30 days.
Any suggestions?

MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The limit for the Teitho folder is 2 per month, but you apparently submitted the previous entry twice, and although it can be accepted only once, the submission counts towards the limit. Try it now, I set the limit to 3.
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