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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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Fallen Fire by annamare
Innocence by annamare
Ruins of Annuminas: a valley to be exalted by Drollittle
Capture - Arwen's Heart by rstrider9
fanfiction stories

Mature Content

Mature Content

poems
The gaily green by Lithe-Alluvion
humourous and crack fanfics
Stormy night by Hemhet
Night in Imladris by Hemhet
fanfiction illustrations
Under the hill - Into Bag-end by Bersary
Do not think about... by Bersary
What an interesting name by Mallorn85
I'm a friend by Mallorn85
Between the lines
Something that Legolas should not see  by mintdr
Elves and ale  by mintdr
Elves and ale part 2 by mintdr
Elves and ale part 3 by mintdr
Teitho
Feanor. Birthday. by Irsanna
Innocence by annamare
Fallen Fire by annamare
First meeting by AncaXBre
B2MeM
Ribbons by rstrider9
Elwing by ArgonApricot
Irisse by ArgonApricot
Tar Mairon by ArgonApricot
NaN illustrations
Ask Me About the Light by rstrider9
Between the lines CONTEST
The Hero by Starspirit42
Girly games by MirachRavaia
The Turquiose and the Burgundy by hallosse
Elves in Andunie by MatejCadil
Never seen before - contest
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We collect art inspired by Tolkien fanfiction, and encourage artists to illustrate fanfiction stories
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Teitho

In November, our theme is Sacrifice. Thanks to Grace for the suggestion!

Everything done against your own interest can be a sacrifice, from the little selfless deeds that often go unnoticed, to the greatest ones, including the price of one's own life. They are usually done for the greater good, but who can judge its greatness? So a great sacrifice can turn meaningless at the end, or a small deed of kindness can have unforseen consequences. One can't know that when deciding to sacrifice something, but has to decide with free will - like Aragorn decided to draw Sauron's attention to himself in a hopeless fight, not knowing if it will be enough to help Frodo pass to Orodruin unnoticed.

Another, darker meaning of sacrifice, is a ritual offering to a higher being, like the human sacrifices on Númenor after Sauron became its High Priest. These are most often not done from free will on the victim's part, and the greater good is also questionable. The question is usually "for whom?", and the answer is on the side of evil. They also make a good material for a story though, as someone can strive to stop such a sacrifice, maybe sacrificing something selflessly in turn.

Here are the stories for this month:

Careless Talk
Chiktata
For Aragorn, After the War
Love is No Sacrifice
One Thing I Had To Do...
The Last Goodbye
The Price He Pays

And the authors:

Arasa17
Cassie Hughes
Finfinfin
Linda Hoyland
lotrfn
Seokthih
UnnamedElement

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

Happy reading!

Your Teitho-moderator,

MirachRavaia

Teitho
Teitho

"It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
- Bilbo Baggins


As we stand on a doorstep of the new year in December, our theme for this month is Doors.

It's at the green round door where we first meet Bilbo and begin our Middle-earth adventures. It's a dangerous business indeed, stepping out of them. The story takes you through many doors and gates: through the secret door in the Mountain leading to a dragon's den, through the password-protected Doors of Durin leading to Moria, through the Dark Door leading to the Paths of the Dead and the seven gates of Minas Tirith, until you finally get to the very Black Gate of Mordor. How different it is from the green round door where everything started!

A door or doorway symbolizes the transition and passageway from one place to another. It is both and entrance and an exit. An open door has been a long-time symbol of a new beginning. An open door shows that there’s a way out and can also provide a view of what lies ahead. A closed or locked door, on the other hand, can represent a dead end or create the feeling that there’s no way out. It is often used to symbolize the passage from one world to another in religion, mythology, and literature. You can use this symbolism in your story instead of an actual door or gate.

The deadline for this challenge is December 25th (Merry Christmas!), 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

Teitho
Teitho


Autumn is here, the time of migratory birds, kites and changing weather. To see them, you have to look up, to the sky. For inspiriation, sky is the limit, and it's also our theme for October.

How would you describe the color of the sky? Is it blue like a clear summer day? Pink like dawn, violet like dusk? Is it the grey of storm clouds or the glimmer of starry night? The sky can have hundreds of faces, each of them different. And each of those faces gives a different mood and atmosphere to the events happening below. Even Sauron relied on that, when he covered the sky with the darkness of Mordor during the battle on Pelennor fields.

The sky of Middle-earth has a specific structure, described by Tolkien: Vista was the lowest layer of the atmosphere, filled with normal breathable air: above it was Ilmen, and above that Vaiya. Vista was divided into two parts: The upper part was Fanyamar, the home of clouds, and the lower part was Aiwenórë, the "land" of birds. Ilmen is the level of the Sun, the Moon and the Stars so it was also called Tinwe-malle (star-street) and Elenarda (Stellar Kingdom). Vaiya was the dark sea surrounding the world of Arda before the fall of Númenor, and after that, it became the upper atmosphere of the spherical world.

Sky is the domain of flying creatures, and to those earth-bound, it inspires dreams of flying. It is where the Eagles of Manwë fly, and where Eärendil sails. Not once did Tolkien's characters look up to the sky with hope, if not looking for the coming of eagles, then at least for a glimpse of light in the darkness: stars or sunrise. A skilled ranger can also look up to the sky for a hint about the coming weather, and plan his journeys accordingly. To a knowledgeable Elf, sky can even give some insight about the events going on far away: “A red sun rises, blood has been spilled this night.”

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

And the winners are:

Every Moment A Memory by Mr. Bossatronian
Heavy Is the Sky by PSW
I will lift up mine eyes by Linda Hoyland
Of Hobbits, Ships, and Stars by Jessica Kleeberger 2nd place :trophy:
The Skies I Am Under by lotrfn 3rd place :trophy:
The Stars, the Sea, and the Dawn by Celridel
What You Were Meant To Be by Finfinfin 1st place :trophy:

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

Your Teitho-moderator,

MirachRavaia

Teitho
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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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