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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!



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: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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Talks with Tolkien artists: vigshane

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 27, 2014, 5:17 AM

This week, I had the pleasure to interview :iconvigshane: - vigshane. If you take a look at her gallery, you can see a really varied art in different styles, ranging from traditional to digital, every picture unique and beautiful. But not only that - Vigshane/Wenjin/Norloth is also one of the 75 winners of the Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, who got to travel to New Zealand, and meet Peter Jackson in person! In this interview, we didn't only talk about art, but also about this wonderful experience.

Sam's Song in Cirith Ungol by vigshane Rivendell by vigshane
Galadriel - Lady of Light by vigshane A very Comfort Home 4 by vigshane
This day we fight by vigshane Mirkwood by vigshane

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

Don’t really know what to tell, you’ll know more about me if you keep reading... :p (Lick)

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

When I was 16. I had never read something like that and was totally amazed by the universe Tolkien created.

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

I’ve read The Hobbit, LOTR, Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales...and very limited segments from The Histories of Middle-earth. But I don’t dare to call myself an expert, because sometimes I forget things, like those happened in the first age... I know there're some experts amongst my friends who can remember every tiny detail happened in Middle-earth.

4. 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?

No. Because I saw the first film before reading the books. Fantasy genre wasn’t popular in China back in 2002 and very few people knew about Tolkien at that time. So thanks to Peter Jackson for introducing Middle-earth to me!

5.Speaking about the movies, you are one of the winners of the Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, and got to travel to New Zealand, meet Peter Jackson and see the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy before anyone else. I don't even know where to begin asking about that, and where to end :) Could you tell us your impressions from this trip? What was the strongest experience?

This was the most amazing thing ever happened to me! Though I have traveled to New Zealand once (last year), having a trip with other biggest Tolkien fans was really something different. We were treated like the most important guest by the wonderful people from Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand, and became friends with some of them. The schedule was so busy and full of exciting activities as well as surprises. The strongest experience happened in Hobbiton Movie Set when we entered the Green Dragon Inn and discovered that John Callen(Oin), Mark Hadlow(Dori), Jed Brophy(Nori) and Steven Hunter(Bombur) were inside waiting for us. Mr. Callen put his prothetic forehead on my head... I felt so overwhelmed by the whole situation. They were like very old friends to us and they carried a bit of their character on them. I think the actors were as happy to be appreciated by us as we were to meet them. They even sang birthday song to three fans that night which must be the greatest birthday in their life... The most important meaning of this experience is not about meeting some actors, but is about how people come together and appreciate each other as being a part of Middle-earth, whether they are fans or cast members of the films, especially in the place where both film trilogies happened, the place where this adventure began. Sorry, I should talk about meeting Sir Peter Jackson as the strongest experience, but the day in Hobbiton was such a highlight that it totally beats meeting Peter! But of course, I was so thrilled to meet Peter at last. My biggest wish was to say thank you to him in person and now my dream is fulfilled. This trip is journey of a lifetime to me, to my guest and to most of the people who traveled with me.

Nobody's Home by vigshaneBagend by vigshaneA Sunny Day in Hobbiton by vigshaneSmial in Hobbiton 03 by vigshaneSmial in Hobbiton 01 by vigshane

Note: I added a few of her photos from "Hobbiton" here :), and if you want to be even more envious (I know you are, I am too...), you can watch this video about the trip that the winners of this contest had:

6.Once more, congratulations for winning the contest! But the reason you were in my list of people to interview is your great Tolkien themed art. (Although I admit, the contest might have shifted the order that I planned a bit :)) So, 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 started to do art as my hobby but later I wanted to take it as my profession. So now I’m an art student. :) (Smile) I started drawing when I was little for my own pleasure. When I was in university studying computer science, I began drawing portraits. That was the time I realized I enjoyed drawing more than anything else. John Howe’s illustrations influenced me a lot. And there’re many great artists on DA that have inspired me.

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

Normally I choose the ones I really like. As you can tell, I’m recently obsessed with Thorin Oakenshield...

8.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?

So far, coloured pencil and water colour are my favourite. But I’d love to explore more techniques.

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

A Gift from Tolkien by vigshane
a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Richard Armitage as John Proctor by vigshane
a picture that fits your current mood?
Hobbiton by vigshane
a picture that was hardest to paint?
Return of the King Under The Mountain by vigshane
- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
The Dwarven Song of Winter by vigshane
(I always love the songs written in Tolkien’s books and this set of illustrations was something differently from what I used to do.)

10. 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 father took me to drawing class when I was little. Though his profession has nothing to do with art, he tole me about the stories from his childhood of how he crafted things. I think the reason I always enjoy creating stuff definitely can be linked to him. And both my parents supported me when I decided to change my career. I am very grateful for that.

11. 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?

Thorin Oakenshield by Capbird
This is by a good friend of mine, I saw the original art and was so impressed. Though she’s not a Tolkien fan, she really does great job in portraying people! I love her style.

Anduril - Flame of the West by GizTheGunslinger
I met her on Instagram and found some of her pictures familiar. Then I remembered seeing them on DA. She totally deserves some attention with her wonderful drawings of so much details.

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

I wouldn’t be who I am without Tolkien’s world. Middle-earth is the greatest gift that one can have. And thank you to everyone who’s followed my work these years.


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

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Rohirrim journal skin.

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

The last month's theme were Beginnings. And so, in December it's time for Endings, because those two themes are always connected - when something is ending, something else is beginning.

It's not only the ending of the year that is nearing, but also the ending of the Hobbit trilogy. It will be the last time in a long while when we get a new glimpse of Tolkien's wonderful world on the big screen. It may be just an echo of its greatness in his books, which are just an echo of his amazing imagination, but still I'm sure many of us feel like something is ending - especially when listening to <a">Billy Boyd's song. With this Teitho challenge, we want to honor that moment in Tolkien fandom.

When something is ending, it rarely leaves you without feeling something. It may be a bittersweet feeling and reminiscing on the gone times, but it can also be relief, when it's the ending of something dark. It can be even both in the same time, like the ending of the Third age, with the Dark Lord defeated, but Elves leaving Middle-earth. In your story, it can be the ending of an era, but also of something in the life of the main characters. It can be the day when they realized that their childhood has ended, or the day when they had to say goodbye to someone loved. Death is an ending as well, but so is the ending of a story, of a day, or a sword lesson - there are many kind of endings, some grave and important, some not so much. You can write about or draw any of them.

The deadline (or ending) for this challenge is December 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. 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. It's shouldn't be an illustration for your story! 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,


"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." That is a beginning of a tale that fascinated and inspired so many people. And our theme in November is about Beginnings.

Do you remember how you first met the wonderful world of Tolkien? Was it with a book? A movie? A picture? You may still remember that feeling it brought you, and maybe that feeling can inspire you in creating the story or art for this theme.

It should be about a beginning, about something happening for the first time: the beginning of friendship or love, the first day in a new country or position, the realisation that something changed in the character's life - for some time only, or maybe forever.

The deadline for this challenge is November 30th 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. 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. It's shouldn't be an illustration for your story! 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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Thanks for accepting my work :heart:
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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!

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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:
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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.
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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.
legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow really?  Huh... though that's hardly surprising... my internet does strange things sometimes.
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I am glad to be a member of this group.
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Thanks :heart: !!
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