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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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Talks with Tolkien artists: Aegileif

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 11, 2016, 1:10 AM

Do you like your Dwarves served a) realistic? b) hot? c) fluffy? d) funny? e) modern? :iconaegileif: - Aegileif has something for each of you in her gallery!
And in her other account, :iconuedkafshopie: - UEdkaFShopie you can even find some historical jewelry and accessories to go with them:

Fili - green by Aegileif The Elven King by Aegileif
Thorin by Aegileif Fili Friday VI by Aegileif
Modern Fili by Aegileif Dwalin by Aegileif
Filigree bracelet II by UEdkaFShopie Birka brooches by UEdkaFShopie

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

Hello! I like cookies, donuts, axes, beards and dogs. And drawing, if I have time :) (Smile)

Nice list! It is also interesting to find out the stories behind people's usernames. What is yours?

I'm a member of a history reenactment group for some years now. Every member has to choose a name from the period and region he/she is reenacting. Aegileif is an old norse name, an equivalent of my real name. But people use to say that it was just a cat walking on my keyboard when I was writing it ;) (Wink)

Awesome! What do you reenact?

We're reenacting central and northern Europe in 9-11th century - camping, costumes and crafts :) (Smile) I'm a jeweler, my dad's a smith, mom makes woollen clothes and husband's fighting.

When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

I think I was around 15 years old. I think I did a little mistake and started with Silmarillion and I couldn't finish it. Some time later FotR was released and I realized maybe it would be better idea to start with the trilogy. And now there's not enough space on my book shelf.

How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?

The more I know about the Middle-earth, the more sure I am I need to learn more! Hard to tell how extensive my knowledge is, let's say I can order a beer in khuzdul and plan a trip to see the most important elvish monuments ;) (Wink)

And if you could pick just one from those two, which one would it be? And whom from Tolkien's characters would you pick as company?

If I had a chance, I'd totally like to have a dark, dwarvish beer once, maybe in one of the cities in the Blue Mountains ... *dreams*
Any character? Like any at all? Saying I'd pick Fili would be too obvious, but having Bombur at my side would be great too. We eat similar amounts of food, so I'd have a good companion at the table.

So after seeing FotR, how much did it influence your imagination when reading the books? And with the other two parts, did you manage to keep the inner pictures of characters and scenes from reading them after seeing the movies?

Yes and no. I imagined some characters the way they looked in the movies, but some just didn't fit into my imagined version of the LotR world. For example, I can't imagine Gimli in any other way than portrayed by John Rhys-Davies, but I have my own Eowyn's portrait in my head :) (Smile)

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 a self-taught, so I can't say I'm a professional artist. Few times I was drawing cartoons and comics for some companies tough, but my work is rather jewelry making.
My first drawing is in my drawer, it's a bee and it has a date on it - 1987, so I was two years old then. I guess that's when I started ;) (Wink) I always admired the art of Zdzisław Beksiński and renaissance Dutch artists, so I guess it influenced my works. But I was always far from statements like this actually, it never starts like 'I wanto draw some dwarf portrait, let's make it in van Eyck style!', more like 'Let's draw something and see how it's gonna turn out!'

You rather illustrate characters than full scenes. How do you choose whom to draw and who is your favourite Tolkien character?

Most of the time it depends on the mood really! And with the Hobbit characters it was more like a goal to achieve to draw all the dwarves. Haha, and browsing my gallery may give a clue I prefer drawing Fili than other characters too, I guess it's the braids ;) (Wink)

What about the shirtless potrtaits and fluffy sweathers? You like having fun with your dwarves, don't you? :) (Smile)

Hahaha, sure I do! I don't remember how did it start with the shirtless series, but fluffy sweaters and many other ideas were an effect of long and very silly conversations with friends. And sometimes it takes so little to find an inspiration!

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

Everything actually! I watch a lot of movies (some of them over and over again :D (Big Grin) ), I try to read books every day too, so it's really easy to find an inspiration. I love playing games as well, Dragon Age series and Mass Effect always gaves me tons of ideas for some new fanarts, but most of them just land as doodles in my drawer.

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?

I prefer to stay with traditional pencil drawing and digital painting, it gives me the most pleasure and that's the most important I think.

Do you take inspiration from history reenactment when creating art? (Scenes, costumes, characters...) What relation is there for you between history and fantasy?

I rather separate the fantasy realm from the history. I used to stick to strict rules and facts in reenactment, so I think I automatically do the same thing with fantasy, maybe just not that rigidly. The only exception is when I imagine dwarves wearing viking costumes :D (Big Grin)

Would they look good in Viking costumes? :D (Big Grin)

Hell yeah! (See, here comes inspiration again!)

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

Nah, I think every artist should create his/her own style and methods he feels the most comfortable with. For anyone who starts an adventure with drawing - draw as often as you can, but don't make an unpleasant duty of it - it should always be fun and a pleasure!

Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery (including the other account) of

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
Fili Friday IV by Aegileif
I'm very impatient, so it made me very proud I was able to finish this drawing without puling my hair out (not many, at least):

- a jewellry work you are most proud of?

Tortoise brooch by UEdkaFShopie
It was the first filigree work (except rings, but I don't count them, because you know, they are so tiny!) and it took me sooo much time to finish it as well. And as far as I remember I've put myself on fire a little then, hehehe. That was fun.

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?

Falconer by Aegileif
It was a gift for a friend for her book. One of the characters was a falconer and Dean O'Gorman was a face claim. She printed the drawing and gave it to Dean, then, some time later, he posted it on Twitter and when I saw that I was like running in circles screaming and waving hands, it was a great feeling.

- a picture that fits your current mood?

I feel cozy and happy. I have my donuts and a warm blanket, so I guess this one would be perfect:
Fluffy Kili by Aegileif

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

I'm not sure if I should post it here, because it has a mature content. The one that shows what's on this one and below:
Birthday Fili - waist-up version by Aegileif
Why? Because I was trying really hard to capture the anatomy well. And because it was the first time I was giggling and blushing while I was drawing and that makes my hand tremble ;) (Wink)

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?

Fili the Majestic Warg Killer by Aegileif
Because it's silly and maybe it will make some of you smile :D (Big Grin) (I smile every time I see it)

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.

My family, of course, was supporting me very much (and still does!), but the biggest inspiration in the time that my Hobbit fanarts were created had two people actually.
One is my friend Renata. We've met short after the first Hobbit movie was released and discover it would be a great idea to create something together. This is how The Fellowship of the Pencil came to life. She's a great artist and a huge Tolkien fan, so I could learn from her a lot of things and, what was the most important, we had a lot of laughs. She also has a gallery on dA, so visit her to see her wonderful works!
The other person is an administrator of Fili fanpage, who helped me a lot to promote my works and after some time I realized it's also a very warm, friendly person with a great sense of humor. Our conversations gave me tons of ideas. I could even say most of portraits in my gallery are inspired by those silly talks!

Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

I love reading fanfictions and one of my favourite writer is :iconlindeluren: - her works are always funny and very well written, I totally recommend!
Other one would be :iconrfcunha: I mentioned before. She has both some fanarts and very interesting paleontological drawings. Believe me, I would never thought that can be entertaining to watch fossils or extinct animals, but her gallery showed me it can!

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

Keep being Tolkien fans! :D (Big Grin)

Thank you very much for your time and answers! :)

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

Back to Middle-earth Month 2016: Memories

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 5, 2016, 7:02 AM

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;


I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.
Bilbo’s Song, The Fellowship of the Ring

As we begin our second decade of Back to Middle-earth Month in March 2016, we're looking back and celebrating our first ten years.

Back to Middle-earth Month started in 2006 with an anonymous announcement in middleearthnews that encouraged people to pick a day of the week and post something Tolkien-related on it during March.

there_n_back jumped on board with prompts in both 2006 and 2007. The Silmarillion Writers’ Guild encouraged people to participate in 2006 and began holding events of its own in 2007. In 2009, Many Paths To Tread and SWG coordinated for the first time. In 2012, Arda Inspired on DeviantArt joined in and this LJ community was created. B2MeM has been hosted here ever since.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we’re using all of the prompts from all previous years. (The there_n_back mods have kindly given us permission to use theirs.) In other words: if there’s a prompt or event you wish you could have used or been a part of, here’s your chance!

This year is simple: if you see a prompt from a previous B2MeM event you like, you can create a fanwork with it. There are no sign-ups, no claims, and no deadlines.

B2MeM 2011 and 2012 involved volunteers stamping passports and bingo cards to mark participants' progress through the challenge. There will be no stamping of passports or bingo cards this year for participants using those challenges.

Banners and icons for this year’s event will be available shortly.

~ For those who wish to begin creating early, links to all of the prompts can be found at the end of this post.

~ For those who want a daily challenge, we will post daily the prompts from the years that had a daily prompt component (March 4 prompts on March 4, etc.).

Also as part of our celebration of the first ten years, we will have retrospective posts in March focusing on past B2MeM events.

General Questions

Who can participate?

Anyone! It doesn’t matter if this is your first time in the fandom or your fiftieth year; everyone is welcome.

How can I participate if I don’t have a LiveJournal account?

The event is organized around the b2mem LiveJournal community. If you wish to leave reviews on fanworks posted there, you may use an anonymous comment. However, we do require anon comments to be signed. (For example, if your AO3 username is Frodofan1, please sign your comment Frodofan1.) Anonymous comments are automatically screened before they appear in the community, and unsigned comments will not be unscreened.

We welcome participation on other platforms, including deviantart, if you do not wish to post fanworks there. The group :iconarda-inspired: has a special folder to collect these works, which is open to everyone. We welcome links pointing to your work posted elsewhere in the LJ community as well.

If you do wish to post fanworks in the b2mem LJ community, or link to fanworks posted elsewhere, you will need a LiveJournal account. You can sign up for one here. There is also a version of OpenID available that allows log-in through Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Dreamwidth.

What sort of things do you consider to be fanwork?

It’s simple: if you consider it fanwork, so do we. We’ve had stories, artwork, cosplay, crafts, rec lists, and more. We welcome everything.

We only require that responses have a significant basis in Tolkien’s works. Crossovers and AUs are welcome, as is the movieverse.

Is there a minimum amount of words, time spent, etc. in order to qualify?

No! We want people to be as free to create as possible, whether this means writing a haiku or working on an epic novel, creating a single icon or a batch of a hundred, or whatever else you wish to work on.

Do I need to create for all ten years or all 31 days?

No! There is no minimum or maximum number of prompts you can use. If you only want to use a single prompt, that's perfectly fine. Of course, if you want to challenge yourself to use one or more prompts from each year or create something daily, that is also fine.

Can we combine prompts in a single work?


Can we use works begun in previous years or other Works in Progress?

Yes! WIPs of all sorts are welcome to be continued with one or more B2MeM prompts. They do not have to be previous B2MeM works.

Some years had prompt or card claims. Are those prompts available to use?

Yes! You can use any prompt from any year. There is no claiming or buying necessary.

I have prompts claimed from previous years. Do I have to use them or can I choose different ones?

You are not bound by any previous year. You may choose whatever prompts you wish to work with.

If I use a prompt from a specific community (for example, there_n_back), do I also have to post to that community?

No. This is a Back to Middle-earth Month event and is based here. (For reference, there_n_back has not been active since December 2010.) Crossposting to whatever platforms you normally use, however, is encouraged.

Do I have to post my work in March?

No. While the community quiets down after March, people are welcome to post here throughout the year. In fact, you never have to post your work at all if you do not wish to.

We only ask that if your work for this year is completed before March 1 that you wait to post until then, as that is when the event begins.

What if I want to collaborate with someone (for podfic, illustration, writing a story based on art, etc.)?

Please sign up on this post. We cannot guarantee that someone will ask you. If you already have someone to work with, you do not need to sign up there.

Do you have an AO3 collection?

Yes! It can be found here.

Does SWG have B2MeM 2016 listed in its challenge list?

Yes, it does.

Do you have a support community?

Yes! It’s b2memsupport. Feel free to use it to squee, vent, find betas, etc. But please note that it is an unofficial community and is not run by the B2MeM mods.

Questions Specific to Previous Events

Does this mean you’re running the 2012 bingo again?

Sort of. The bingo number posted will be the one already called for that day back in 2012; new numbers will not be drawn. If you want to play, pick one or more cards. Remember, there is no card stamping nor any prizes for completing rows or cards. Nor will we create individualized card pages.

Can I use a prompt from a bingo card even if that prompt’s number was not called in 2012?

Yes! All prompts on all bingo cards are available to use.

Can we create new bingo cards or leave new prompts in the 2015 market stalls?

No. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, this year we are working with the prompts that have already been created.

Will works created for the 2014 compilation prompts be put in the ebook compilation?

No. When the ebook is available, the creations in it will come solely from those 2014 participants who agreed to be included.

Are you running the 2010 RPG?

No. The prompts are available for use, but we are not playing the game.

I want to do something involving the 2008 “The Circles of the World” event. As it was reflections and excerpts based on thirteen topics that had to be sent in ahead of time, how would I do that this year?

You can create one or more fanworks using the topics OR you can use them to write reflections/meta about previous fanworks you’ve done based on those topics, how those topics are important to you or to Tolkien's world generally, rec lists or discussions of fanworks by other creators based on those topics, etc.

The Prompts

~ 2006: There_n_back’s Challenge

~ 2007: There_n_back’s The Alphabet of Middle-earth; SWG’s Quote Challenge

~ 2008: The Circles of the World

~ 2009: Daily Prompts

~ 2010: The Last Battle

~ 2011: Passport to Middle-earth

~ 2012: Bingo Baggins’ BINGO Bash (Plain text cards are available here.)

~ 2013: Scavenger Hunt: Expedition in the Abecedarium

~ 2014: Seasons of Middle-earth

~ 2015: Tharbad’s Greenway Spring Faire

If you have any questions or concerns that you do not feel comfortable leaving in a comment here, please email the mods at The email autoforwards to our individual inboxes and we will get back to your shortly.

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

The January theme in Teitho is an Escape. What or where from? You decide!

Escape from a perilous situation? They are many kinds of peril in Middle-earth that the characters can escape from, posing different threats. But escape is an escape, whether it's from the bonds or prisons of an enemy, or from a boring conversation with an ambassador. It can be a matter of luck, but also an implementation of a complicated plan. Sometimes even a complicated plan is not enough, and some help from outside is needed.

Escape from reality? While the first kind of escape is from a physical situation, this one is more subtle, and rather psychological. It can be an imaginary place or memory, a book, a song... Anything that takes you away from the worries or griefs and turns your mind to other thoughts.

Escape from responsibility? This is a form of escape that does not end well in long term, but sometimes even the greatest might feel the need for it. You can explore this theme by writing about the escape, but also ovecoming such thoughts and an eventual return to face the responsibility.

Here are the stories for this month:

A brilliant plan
All My Stars Still Shine
A Ranger’s Best Friend
Consider the Elven Hearts
Deeds Left Unpraised
Escaping Fate
The Great Escape
The Northern Lights
Through a Glass, Darkly
To Heal A Hurt
To Rekindle Hearts
Why One Should Not Stray Close to Dol Guldur

And the authors:

Celsius Fate
Jessica Kleeberger
Linda Hoyland
Wanderer of Realms

The voting will take place until February 15th. Send us your top 3 stories to

Happy reading!
Your Teitho-moderator,

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Irsanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for the request!
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?

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