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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: We do not accept slash fanfiction and illustration in our main gallery. However, we have a special folder for slash art and fanfiction in our favourites. That way, people who do not like it, can watch the group safely, but if you like it, you know where to find it.
We accept illustrations for slash stories that don't depict slash itself in the gallery, but the link to the story in the artist's comments should be marked as slash.

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



:bulletgreen: - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
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: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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"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone."
- Gandalf the Grey

I am looking for someone to share in a Teitho challenge "Unexpected Adventure" that I am arranging in January. I hope it's not very difficult to find someone!

There is a difference between planning a journey for a long time, and deciding on it spontaneously, without even packing all the necessary things like pocket handkerchiefs. Both can lead to a great adventure, but the second has a unique feeling to it. Maybe you have experienced it with some last minute trip or offer. It can be similar to this:
That sounds uncomfortable. It's absurd even thinking about it...
Thinking about it... I actually wonder what would happen if I went.
Actually... why not?
Wait for meeeeeeee!
I can't believe I actually decided to do it.

It can be such a spontaneous decision that lands you in an unexpected adventure, but sometimes adventure can get to you without any decision from your side. You may be suddenly thrown into a dangerous situation, and need to deal with it. This month, let something unexpected happen to our heroes, be it with or without their decision. And by unexpected I do not mean encountering Orcs by a Ranger patrol, or spiders in Mirkwood. I mean something as unexpected as suddenly having 13 Dwarves that invited themselves to a party in your peaceful house.

Here are the stories for this month:

Cuil Aerlinn
Estel's Unexpected Adventure
'How I Met Your Mother…'
Out of Despair
Unexpected Call

And the authors:

Cassie Hughes
Linda Hoyland

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

Happy reading!

Your Teitho-moderator,


Talks with Tolkien artists: erynlasgalenphotoart

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 26, 2015, 3:06 AM

Photography is not an art-form usually associated with fanart, but Tolkien's Middle-earth is inspiring to many forms of art. :iconerynlasgalenphotoart: - erynlasgalenphotoart is a photographer who finds Middle-earth in real locations, and a founder of a group dedicated to the same goal - :iconfinding-middle-earth:. Today I bring you a talk with her.

Shades by erynlasgalenphotoart A place to grow old by erynlasgalenphotoart
Autumn light by erynlasgalenphotoart Approaching Mordor by erynlasgalenphotoart
Home of the Wood Elves by erynlasgalenphotoart Merrivale by erynlasgalenphotoart

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

My name is Alex and I'm an amateur photographer from Germany.

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

I started reading the Lord of the Rings after seeing the first movie in the cinema. I loved fantasy books and fairy tales as a child, but lost track of it in my teens. LOTR was my introduction back into this genre in literature and it opened the door to many other wonderful ideas for a practising escapist.

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

I've got decent background knowledge, but I'm not an expert. I don't speak Sindarin ;) (Wink)

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and landscapes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

To a degree. Not at all. I welcome any kind of addition to Tolkien's world in my mind, be it through movies, games, drawings, stories or whatever. It's an ever growing melting pot of ideas and images that serves as a great source of inspiration for me.

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

Photography has been a hobby for the last 15 years. At first it's been mainly concert photography and sometimes photos on holidays and of my sighthounds. I've only taken a serious interest in digital landscape photography and processing during the last 3-4 years. For a large part this was due to the numerous amazing photos on DA. I have always loved nature and sceneries, especially forests and mountains and I love to experience the magic moments created by light and weather. Landscape photography was the perfect way for me to prolong these moments, take them home and share them. With my sometimes surreal processing I try to emphasize that magic feeling which drew me to a scene or motive.

6. You are the founder of Finding-Middle-Earth. What inspired you to create a group for finding Middle-earth in photography of real places?

Middle Earth is wherever we want it to be. Tolkien himself was inspired by the nature and landscapes he saw on his walks and travels. Rolling hills and green meadows, dark forests with twisted trees, golden woodlands, misty mountains and firespitting vulcanos... they are all out there for each of us to explore. I wanted to create a place to gather all those different visions of Middle Earth locations. I find it really interesting how alike and also how different they can be sometimes.

7. Do you think capturing real sceneries and comparing them to Tolkien's world makes that world more "real"?

To me it's a way of visualising ideas just like drawing or painting and I'm sure that creating a sketch can be just as immersive as creating the photo in the 'real' world.

8. Are you specifically looking for sceneries reminding you on Middle-earth, or just happen to go to such beautiful places?

Both. I've travelled to places that are said to have inspired Tolkien like Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland or Wistman's wood in England. I simply love old forests and mountain ranges. So did Tolkien... therefore many of the places I travel to might as well be locations in Middle Earth. I also walk the local woods every day with my hounds... so very often I simply stumble upon inspiring places and moments. Most of the time it's not the location alone, but the light and weather that give a place a magical touch and thereby qualify it for being a 'Middle Earth location'.

9. How much of a role does the post-processing of a photo have in creating the final atmosphere, and do you do it specifically with a certain Middle-earth location in mind?

Sometimes more sometimes less depending on how magical the atmosphere was to begin with. Sometimes the photo is almost finished straight from the camera and sometimes I have to put a lot of work into it to make something that looks special to me. Many photographers wouldn't use the last kind of photograph at all, but I sometimes enjoy trying to create a magical mood with a picture that didn't look like much at first. For me Middle Earth locations always have a certain kind of mood in addition to a geographical perception. It's inseparable.

10. What about your equipment? What camera and accessories do you use, and do you think it's important for the final result?

Sony Alpha 6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, tripod, polarisation filter, grey filter. To a degree it's important, because if the photo had a good quality (high dynamic range, clarity, sharpness, no noise, no blurring, no halos) from the beginning, it's easier to do the kind of post processing I do without producing ugly artefacts that will reduce the immersion into the place and mood.

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

Do what you like. Don't worry if what you want to do, should be done at all in photography. If you like the result, someone else will like it too.
Also take the time to learn to use your equipment and software. There are countless tutorials by amazing photographers on the internet. It's fun and worth it.

12. Photography is not the only thing in your gallery. You also draw, but avoid Tolkien themes there. Are they your inspiration only for photography?

The drawings and paintings in my gallery are more than 15 years old for the most part. These days I make one digital painting a year at most. I'd love to get back to drawing and painting more, but I simply lack the time. I also used to play and write music, but rarely do so now. I need to do something creative in my life and photography is the art that I can integrate into my every day life the easiest at the moment.

13. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Middle-earth themed photo you are most proud of?

Enter Mirkwood by erynlasgalenphotoart

- another photo you are most proud of?

Leaves dancing with the mist by erynlasgalenphotoart

- a drawing you are most proud of?

Exit the Grey by erynlasgalenphotoart

- a photo that fits your current mood?

Follow the tracks by erynlasgalenphotoart

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

Sundown serenade by erynlasgalenphotoart

Because it's cold outside.

14. 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 for believing in me. David Bowie for never doing the same thing twice. Tolkien for creating the perfect imagination playground.
Painters: John Atkinson Grimshaw, William Turner, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt
Photographers: Ansel Adams, Alexandre Deschaumes, Annabelle Chabert, Beth Moon, Rebecca Cusworth, Oer-Wout, Lars van de Goor, Nelleke Pieters and many more...

15. 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?

There are many... here's a small selection:


Signs to Follow by oprustThis Road Chose a Walker by oprustSeyandela by oprust


Autumn Trees by rpowroznikTree by rpowroznikForest by rpowroznik


Golden days by kriskelerisMysterious forest by kriskelerisScarlet fall among the trees by kriskeleris


Mystery of forest II by DybcioMorning Forest by DybcioFractal of death by Dybcio


Forest Of Equilibrium by ulivonboedefeldPiece (1 Von 1) by ulivonboedefeldA Walk In The Fog... by ulivonboedefeld


T A A K E by Onodrim-PhotographyLong Lost To Where No Pathways Goes by Onodrim-PhotographyLe Portail des Fees. by Onodrim-Photography

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

Ollo vae!

Thank you for your time and answers!

All talks:

Rohirrim journal skin.

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

Have you ever felt Out of Place? The answer is probably yes - whether rarely or often, everybody has experienced that feeling at some point in their life. But I hope you won't feel like that writing your story for this February challenge!

This can be a theme about different races and cultures. An Elf among Hobbits would probably feel as much out of place as a Man among Dwarves, or a Rohirrim in Harad. The customs, the language, the food: many things can differ between the different cultures, and Middle-earth is home to many of them. We know about Aragorn that he traveled far in it, and we also know about Legolas' travels with Gimli after the end of the war. Did they feel out of place during those travels, and did they overcome that feeling? That is a question you can explore in your art or story.

But it's not only distant lands where one can feel out of place. That feeling can be experienced even in the land one considers home, among friends or family. It can be the returning from a long travel, when one realizes that while the place where he returned didn't change, he did, and it will never be the same for him. It can be something else that suddenly changes, and sometimes that change might not even be visible. The opposite to being out of place is a sense of belonging, and that's something one can get with time, but also lose.

The deadline for this challenge is February 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 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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