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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."
-J.R.R.Tolkien

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

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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

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OUR GALLERY FOLDERS:

: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 b2mem livejournal community 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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SOME OTHER FANFICTION ARCHIVES WHERE YOU CAN LOOK FOR INSPIRATION:

:bulletgreen: fanfiction.net - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
:bulletgreen: Stories of Arda
:bulletgreen: The Silmarillion Writers' Guild


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We collect art inspired by Tolkien fanfiction, and encourage artists to illustrate fanfiction stories
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Teitho


Do you have a habit of writing for Teitho? If you don't, you can always make one! This month is especially good for that, because our theme for May is Habits.

Habit is a second nature, it is said. A habit is any acitity that is repeated regularly, whether it is healthy, like exercising, bad, like smoking, or neutral, like meeting with friends every Thursday. What kind of habits do people in Middle-eath have?

Smoking is a known one, but the unhealthy effects of it were not yet known in Tolkien's time, so it doesn't seem to be a bad habit in his world. Maybe they have a different kind of tobacco... Aragorn or Legolas could also have some training routines to improve their fighting skills, or maybe a habit of reading history books. But sometimes there just are no history books around, which brings us to the next point:

There may be habits that are possible to be followed only in a certain place and circumstances. How does it feel, having to go without it for a long time? And how does it feel, returning to the habit again? As circumstances change, it can also happen that one habit replaces another.

Whether writing for Teitho is your habit or not, we are looking forward to your stories!

The deadline for this challenge is May 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!

For the general rules about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, check our rules page on the Teitho website!

Here are the stories for this month:

Archery Practice
Where the Stars are Strange

And the authors:

CarawynO
Eschscholzia

The voting will take place until June 15th. Since we only have two stories competing this month, send your top one to teitho.contest@gmail.com. I hope we will have more next month! If the themes don't suit you, don't hesitate to suggest your own.

Happy reading!

Your Teitho-moderator,
MirachRavaia

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Misunderstandings is the theme for June, suggested by AcrosstheTallGreenRiver.

Between strangers, they can lead to hostility, between friends they can lead to quarrells. And it's so easy to misunderstand someone's words, actions or intentions...

Different races or cultures can be a sourse of misunderstandings as well, as a certain word or gesture can have a different meaning for them. Such misunderstanding can happen at the royal court of Gondor, for example, with the ambassadors from other land, but also in the Shire while enjoying the hospitality of Hobbits: Bringing a present to a birthday party, instead of expecting to get it? Faux pas indeed!

The deadline for this challenge is June 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!

For the general rules about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, check our rules page on the Teitho website!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. 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,
MirachRavaia

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Talks with Tolkien artists: Mallorn85

Journal Entry: Wed May 24, 2017, 6:52 AM


The Tolkien themed section of :iconmallorn85: - Mallorn85's gallery is interesting for one reason - the majority of it are illustration for one fanfiction story, All That Remains, by SkyleafAlchemist19. We talked about why this story is so inspiring to her, and other things.

I'm looking for someone by Mallorn85
Foolish Prince by Mallorn85 What an interesting name by Mallorn85
Calm before the Storm by Mallorn85
Walking into a Dream by Mallorn85 My brother was only five years old! by Mallorn85

1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?


Hello! I’m not sure what to tell. I’m an enthusiastic amateur from Hungary, who works with traditional media, because electronics don’t seem to like me very much. I very rarely find in myself the courage to address others first as I usually have problems expressing myself with words.

2. What brought you to deviantArt and how did you pick your username?

It was my friends, who urged and encouraged me to join dA, so the pictures I’ve drawn wouldn’t go to the back of the drawer. That was 9 or 10 years ago.
As for the username, Mallorn was/is my nickname between friends from highschool, after we had our Tolkien-phase it just stuck, (though nowadays it’s not often in use) and I wanted something familiar sounding to use.

3. How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?

My memory is a bit hazy about it. I know, that when the first movie came out, I went with my friends to the cinema, to watch it. We knew of course, that it was „based on a book”, some of us already began reading it, but at that point I really didn’t know what all the ado about it was. I think I began reading the first book of the trilogy, but found it a bit too dry for my taste, so I left it. That changed after the movie – I became curious about the story, mostly because of the visuals. It opened a whole new path in drawing and styles.

4. How much did the movies influence your imagination when reading the books?

I have to say, the movies influenced a lot: the landscapes, the clothes, some characters. I may have seen The Fellowship of the Ring movie first, but before the next movie, that came out a year later, I had my turn with the library copies of The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and later The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion. It was a bit of a rush.

5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than beletry. Do you let that discourage you or not? How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?

At first, yes, it did discourage me, I even left the book halfway read. The beginning is a bit slow paced, it takes time until the story speeds up and the adventure really begins. Of course, maybe I was more used to J. K. Rowling’s and R. A. Salvatore’s writing style. Nowadays it is different, I'd like to think I have a bit more patience than as a teenager, so re-reading the stories (when I have the time) will not pose a difficulty.

My knowledge of Middle-earth… I’d say it became a bit sketchy, because even though I read the trilogy and other books, that was more than a decade ago.
I know the main points and highlights, the Silmarillion names are mostly familiar, but I wouldn’t say I know it in-and-out. Until very recenly, I didn’t own copies of any Tolkien books. I know, there are libraries, but reading a book you own is different, than reading a library book, that has a time limit.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Glorfindel. I don’t really know why – maybe because of how I imagined him in my head (both from the portrayal of the Tolkien books, and some fanfictions).

7. Most of your Tolkien themed illustrations are for a fanfiction story "All That Remians". What is so special about this story, making you want to illustrate it even more than the original Tolkien's writings?

Well, I think it has a unique perspective and idea, is well written and perhaps hits a darker tone than most fanfictions. I don’t want to spoil the story for those, who haven’t read it yet, and might want to, so all I say is, it’s not your ordinary Lord of the Rings fanfiction.
The first couple of pictures were made partly because of a friend (you know who you are :) (Smile)!), partly because the story itself nagged me to make at least some sketches for it.

8. What is you view of fanfiction from the position of a reader? What are you looking for in a good story?

I think fanfictions are an expression of creativity and show how much one likes a particular fandom. They are the stories of the „what if”, where you can give free reign to your imagination. It’s interesting and fun to read the different interpretations, ideas, plotlines. When you can’t get enough from the original, you can try out some fanfictions.
What I’m looking for in a good story, be it fanfiction, or original work, is mostly a good plot and balanced writing; meaning, it has to have the descriptive parts and dialogues in mostly equal quantity and and quality, and a bit of world-building doesn’t hurt also.

9. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

I’m not a professional artist – when I was younger, I flirted with the idea, but I was discouraged from it, so it became a hobby instead. Though I couldn’t call my life complete without art.

The family legend says I started drawing when I was about 3 years old (It all began with horses), and haven’t stopped ever since – there may have been some breaks, some shorter, some longer, but I always continued.

As a child and as a teen I was a bit addicted to cartoons, be it western or eastern style (meaning anime), this left it’s mark on my drawings, I think. Now, no matter how hard I try to draw something close-to-nature, my figures always come out a bit cartoony. Of course not only cartoons influenced me – there was a time, as I was very impressed by the Italian Renaissance masters and later, other time period’s styles like Impressionism, Art Nouveau, etc.

10. How do you choose which scenes and characters from the fanfic to illustrate?

I have to read and re-read the particular chapter a couple of times – I’m a visual type, so, as I read, there usually is a movie-version of the text going on in my head.
The scenes that had the greatest impact (visually, or emotionally, or plot-wise) get an imaginary mark. These scenes then get turned over and over in my head „in 3D”, to see what the best composition for it could be.
Sometimes I can’t decide on a motion, or a moment in time, when I want to depict a process, and that’s when the outcome resembles a page of a comicbook. And sometimes – as it happens – I go for the least complicated scene. That’s usually how a scene is chosen.

11. What other book or movies (or anything else) inspire you to create fanart, and why?

Anything has the potential, be it book, or movie, or fanfiction, or a music video, for me to make some fanart for it – if it catches my eye, if I find it good, it just has to hit me hard enough, then it usually nags me until I get it on paper. It really depends on mood – if the mood is strong enough and lasts long enough, then I usually have to make at least a sketch to get it out of my head, and be able to concentrate on other things in RealLife.

So far, other than the Tolkien-based drawings I’ve made some Avatar: the Last Airbender, Star Wars, Trinity Blood, Fullmetal Alchemist, Assassin’s Creed etc. fanarts. Some of them because the story, or the visuals, some, because I read too many fanfictions in the theme, or watched to many music videos about them.

12. What art technique is your favourite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

Colorpencils - I can take them with me almost anywhere, they don’t take up much space and are simple to handle. They also don’t need much preparation, and I do like to draw fiddly little details. As for style… I may try to draw things differently, but the cartoony impression always seems to stay with me.

I’m mostly familiar with my pencils and pens. I used to paint too (with school-grade tempera and watercolors) and though I’m dreadfully out of practice, in the future I’d like to try painting again (I already collected most of the „ingredients”, like paper and some brushes, but it will depend on whether or not I’ll have the free time to actually make something – and time management is sadly not my forte).

13. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists?

Only what my teachers told me: practice, practice and practice. Try to draw something every day, make sketches, use reference pictures, and have fun drawing/painting! :) (Smile)

14. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien or Tolkien fanfiction illustration you are most proud of?
Glorfindel's ride by Mallorn85

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
old years closing - new year by Mallorn85

- a picture that fits your current mood?
love bites by Mallorn85

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
For Erebor! by Mallorn85

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Once Upon a Time... by Mallorn85
Because dragons! :) (Smile)

15. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.

Thank goodness I have very good friends in RealLife, some, who are also here on dA, like KuroiKaras and TsukinoChou, they always supported me, on and off dA, endured my ramblings and were/are with me through the rollercoaster-ride that is Life.

16. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?


Thank you for the support, and for being there!

Thank you as well for your time and answers!

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Irsanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for the request!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my work :heart:
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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 atelphirstudios@gmail.com. You can also contact me on my facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Elphirs…) or my google+ (plus.google.com/u/0/b/11604482…)

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.…

digital-fantasy.deviantart.com…
dleoblack.deviantart.com/art/O…
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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)
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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
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HazelNutsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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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?

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