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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 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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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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Talks with Tolkien artists: NOLANOS

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 2, 2015, 1:48 AM


With the beginning of the school year, I present you another interview. It's with an Uruguay artist :iconnolanos: - NOLANOS:

Anor by NOLANOSIsil by NOLANOS
La Iluminadora by NOLANOS
Noldolante by NOLANOS La Gracia de las Aguilas by NOLANOS
La Quema de las Naves by NOLANOS

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

Hi, greetings from distant Uruguay! My name is Natalia, I'm 32 and currently studying art as my second choice of career.

2. It is interesting to find out the stories behind people's usernames. What is yours?

My username is pretty dull, just a conjunction of N from Natalia and part of my last name. It gives me the idea that when I sign an illustration that I'm not hiding behind an internet alter ego. ^_^

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

One summer when I was 17 or 18 one neighbor pestered me non stop to show him some drawings; I don´t blame him, I was really shy about sharing my art, but at the same time I was always drawing and sketching in my front yard! So when I showed him my crude anime style fanart he was not impressed, but among those were also some others samples of medieval fantasy and mythological subjects and that's when I caught his attention. He said to me that those looked like "The Lord of the Rings" and I confessed that I didn't know what that was. He went to his home and handed me a copy of The Return of the King. He said to me that he didn't know where the other 2 volumes were but that I can keep that one, that I NEEDED to read it.... And what else can I say, here we are all these years later, with that contribution still in my personal library!

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

I'm an average knowledge fan of Middle Earth.

5. Did you read the books, or see the movies first? When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes 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?

I read the books first, but I can say that I´m deeply affected by the movies and the aesthetics they create, but no so much for the personal appearance of the characters. Even so I´m not sure if that influence is really represented in my works.

6. 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?

At this moment it is just a hobby, as I don't have the time to do more. I´m thinking of making an incursion on the freelance aspect probably next year, so we will see!

7. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

I tend to choose to paint whatever that touches me, impresses me. Maybe I´m wrong, but I do believe that I like to draw emotion in my more serious illustrations. For example: When reading a text that describes a battle I would get excited by the action and the movement but I would choose to draw (or try to draw ; P ) the uncertainty of the soldier, the determination of a captain, the sorrow of the lost...

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

I'm not good at creating stories or characters so the interpretation of a text is my favorite motive. At this point I can say that If I had the time I would draw something, anything of all the books that I had read in my life. I would love to try my hand and make at least one single image of the things that nurture me!

9. 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 always liked the vibrancy of watercolor, but I still think I'm not really suited for it; watercolor is passionate and free and I tend to restrict it too much... Anyway, I love it and I put all my effort in learning and adapting the technique to my devices. I had tried pencil, charcoal, ink and also digital but I always end coming back to my brushes and watercolor pans, it suits me best! Currently I´m learning oil, and I would love to try my hand at sculpture.

10. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Con una lanza by NOLANOS
I do believe that this one is the best in technique, but also really conveys my image of that particular event; a tragic fate faced with strength and love; and showed in a cruel way but with dignity.

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

Persecucion  The Last Unicorn fanart by NOLANOS
I love the movement in this one, which is so rare in my works!

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Ink crazy mess by NOLANOS
^_^

- a picture that was hardest to paint?


This one took me ages to finish...
Medioeval by NOLANOS

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

Yo by NOLANOS

Just to show my face, before I say goodbye. Thanks to all for being here and let me be part of this beautiful and inspirational world!

Thank you for your time and answers!


Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
Teitho

Have you been traveling during this summer? And have you asked for Directions? Well, let me ask for some from you, because that is our topic for August.

East and West, South and North are some of the most important directions, if you have a compass with you. But you do not need a compass to know that in Middle-earth, these are not just simple cardinal points, but also have a deeper, symbolic meaning. East is the direction to Mordor, and despite of the rising sun, it is a synonym of evil:
‘You left the East Wind to me,’ said Gimli, ‘but I will say naught of it.’ ‘That is as it should be,’ said Aragorn. ‘In Minas Tirith they endure the East Wind, but they do not ask it for tidings.
West, on the other hand, is where the Powers dwell in their beautiful land, and where the Elven ships sail to not return, the symbol of something good and pure. This is often reflected in the story, like the name of Aragorn's sword - Andúril, Flame of the West.

The cardinal points are not the only directions, though. Forwards and backwards, left and right - these are the directions that are relative to the viewer. It is the summary of Bilbo's journey from his own point of view: "there and back again". But these directions don't have to be only limited to space - backwards and forwards can also indicate moving in time, the progress and decay of civilisation or individual, dwellling on the past or looking forwards to the present.

Directions can also be any instructions or orders, describing the way or actions that someone should take. Asking for them can be connected with getting lost, which is a fact that's sometimes hard to admit (especially to a ranger). And not always the given directions help, as I'm sure many of you have had the chance to find out while arguing with a GPS.

And if you need any directions about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, you can check our rules page!

Here are the stories for this month:

'A Good Idea at the Time...'
Bad directions
Cardinal Points
Exposure
Fates Design
Finding the Way
Human Men and Directions do not Mix
Into the East
Lost In The Dark
Road to Imladris
Where the Sun sails...

And the authors:

Areli
Cassie Hughes
Horsegirl
just_jenni
Karri
Linda Hoyland
My Blue Rose
PercyJacksonAlways
Runewife
sehellys
Sian

The voting will take place until September 15th. Send us your top 3 stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com

Happy reading!

Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach


Teitho
Teitho

September is the month when most schools beging. And so it is fitting to have a theme about Knowledge for it.

We often take education for granted, but if you look at the world a few centuries ago, you can see what privilege it actually is. And Middle-earth is an equivalent of such a world. Unlike in our world though, there are different races - the immortal Elves carry the knowledge of millenia, and their dwellings are centres of culture and education. But even between the different kinds of Elves, there are differences - the mighty Noldor focused their knowledge on crafts and warfare, while the Vanyar living in Valinor love words and letters, and gather knowledge for knowledge itself. The Wood Elves who remained in Middle-earth are more practial, and know everything about their forests. It is a rule that the harsher the conditons a society lives in, the more it needs to focus on the knowledge connected with bare survival, and has less resources for art and culture.

And those were only the differences within the race of Elves. What about the mortal races of Men, Dwarves and Hobbits? What form did their eduacation have? Were there schools, or did they learn what they needed from their parents? Again it might depend on the class of society. While the nobles of Gondor might have private tutors, the farmers only learned what they needed for their work. And then there were some mortals who were lucky enough to be taught by Elves, like the Chieftains of the Dunedain, including Aragorn.

You may explore the topic of learning and teaching in any of these cultures. But knowledge does not have to be purely academic. "Knowledge is power", it is said, and it includes informations that can be used to one's advantage: the placement of enemy troops, the secrets that can be used for blackmailing... With gathering such knowledge, we enter the fascinating world of spies and spying - an ideal theme for a suspenseful story full of danger and adventure.

The deadline for this challenge is September 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!

The deadline for this challenge is August 31st after an extension.

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. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

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,
Mirach


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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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