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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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Our theme for June is Circles. Thanks to Cassie Hughes for the suggestion!

We can go round in circles, either mentally, trying to work out a problem or physically like Sam and Frodo getting lost in Mordor. Other things can go round in circles as well, especially strories - like the echoes of Beren and Luthien in Aragorn and Arwen, but also different fads and fashions, until they come full circle, because the wheel of fate is turning...

There are indeed many metaphorical uses for a circle, but it can also be a regular, physical object - stone circles or crop circles (with a hint of mystery), people dancing in circles... A circle can also mean a selected group of people, the "inner circle" of advisors or close friends. It can be a symbol of solidarity and equality, like the round table of Arthurian knights.

Middle-earth has also its own circle terminology: when men die they go 'beyond the Circles of the World'. Not to mention that rings are, of course, also circles.

As you can see, you can choose from many meanings the one that fits best for your story or picture. In this topic, there are no corners to hide behind from plot bunnies!

Here are the stories for this month:

All’s Fair...
Circles of the City
Eye of the Storm
In Darkness Bound
Making your own Entertainment
Seed and Stone
The Circle of Life
Troublesome Horse
Troublesome Ring
Until the World Fade Away...

And the authors:

Cassie Hughes
Linda Hoyland
My Blue Rose
Rebecca Wilkin

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

Happy reading!

Your Teitho-moderator,


Talks with Tolkien artists: fish-in-fridge

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 29, 2015, 3:07 AM

:iconfish-in-fridge: - fish-in-fridge is not only an artist creating an interesting blend of anime and Tolkien in her illustrations (if you read the interview, you will also find out why anime), but also a fanfiction writer, translator and illustrator. You can read her stories at her AO3 account, and her art you can see in her gallery, including some lesser known scenes from Tolkien and illustrations to several fanfiction stories:

Finrod and Amaire by fish-in-fridge Elrond's Request by fish-in-fridge
Elvish Smith and Dwarvish Smith by fish-in-fridge Elessar the farewell gift by fish-in-fridge
Of Narya by fish-in-fridge Lord and Lady of Imladris by fish-in-fridge

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

Hi, I’m fish-in-fridge. I am from China. I am studying education as graduate student in U.S. and currently working part-time in China at an education agency. I have fallen in love with drawing since kindergarten and now I sketch and draw in my free time.

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

Fish-in-fridge is a simplified translation from my username on Chinese BBS, (whose literal translation should be “little white fish in fridge”.) It dates back to my high school days, when my friends and I enjoyed a sort of word game where we should make up phrases and sentences with (nonsensically) comical meanings. I was quite proud of “little white fish in fridge” and started using it for my BBS id, and later for other sites and archives.

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

I started reading The Hobbit after watching the first Hobbit movie. And The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion followed soon enough. I took The Hobbit as light reading at first and it was mostly “what next?” that pushed me on, and then the quarrels over Lonely-Mountain gold and the ensuing Battle of Five Armies made me start marvelling at this story whole-heartedly. The Lord of the Rings is both fascinating and though-provoking in both depth and details. Each time I read The Lord of the Rings I come to see something I didn’t notice at my last reading. The Silmarillion is really beyond my meagre vocabulary when I want to praise it (, which I always want). In short, Arda is really a world you can lose yourself in.

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

I am definitely no Tolkien expert. Middle-earth is broad and I’m only a beginner when it comes to its exploration.

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?

My booking reading and movie watching sequence is like: The Hobbit 1 (movie) -> The Hobbit (book) -> The Lord of the Rings (books) -> The Silmarillion -> The Lord of the Rings (movies) -> The Children of Hurin and a few other pieces of Tolkien writing -> The Hobbit 2 (movie) -> The Hobbit 3 (movie). With this order, I am indeed heavily influenced by the movies, especially when it comes to landscapes, architecture and costume design. I do have a lot to say about (and probably against) a few character designs and story writing in the movies, yet I really admire their effort in giving enchanting visual images to the wondrous world in Tolkien’s books. I gladly take movie character designs for reference when they agree with my interpretation of the characters (like Sir Ian McKellen’s Gandalf, Bernard Hill’s Theoden, etc.), and disregard the movie interpretation/alteration of the characters when they don’t agree with mine (like Elijah Wood’s Frodo, Lee Pace’s Thranduil, etc. I mean no disrespect to the actors and their effort in playing them, but I just love their book counterparts better.)

6. Now, could you tell us something about you and art (meaning both visual and writing)? Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

Drawing is a hobby to me, mostly just to please myself; if any piece of my drawings bring pleasure to others, I take it as bonus effect. I am not drawing to make money and probably will never live on drawing. Besides, I never received systematic art training. I started drawing when I was 4 or 5, I guess, for there’s no way to remember it precisely now. I modeled my style after different genres and artists. Anime has been a heavy influence (and the sole influence in my early teens), yet I am also a big fan for realism, impressionism and art nouveau. I wish I could learn to draw all these styles in near future.

7.A bit more about your style - why anime, and how well do you think it fits with Tolkien?

It is really not like I chose anime for Tolkien, but anime has been the only style I’m confident with and the urge of drawing Tolkien art was so strong that I could not resist. That’s why anime and Tolkien came together. I won’t say my style fits with Tolkien perfectly: it fails in conveying the nuances Tolkien gave to his characters more often than not. I am still making small shifts and changes in my style to fix that problem as best as I can.

8.Most of your art are uncolored pen drawing, which gives them a sketchy look. Are you one of those artists who take a sketchbook wherever they go to quickly capture their ideas?

Well, no. But I doodle a lot in the margins of my textbooks when I’m bored with classes. Not that I’m proud of it. But to be honest, sometimes I would base my more formal sketches on those classroom doodles.

9.You often illustrate rarely seen themes or even fanfiction. How do you choose which scenes and characters to illustrate?

I don’t even consider them rarely seen themes ;) (Wink) I think I have seen all the themes I’ve touched on in dA, and many are quite popular in fact. Mostly I start drawing when I come across a line, paragraph or scene and feel like “Aw!!! So many feels! I need to draw them out!” It goes the same with canon and fanfiction.

10. Can you tell us more about Tolkien fanfiction from the point of both reader and writer? What do you expect from a well-written story, and what makes you want to illustrate a fanfic?

I read fanfic mostly because I want to know more about some characters and their back-stories that are not described in detail in canon. Therefore characterization is the key issue for me. I believe a well-written story must consist of characters that are actually in character, and both the proceeding of the general plot and the arc of each character should be consistent with the setting of Middle-earth during different Ages, and the inner personality and belief of the characters. In-depth and well balanced character study is essential to fanfic, and a good story does not sacrifice minor characters to highlight the main ones. And the story has to be convincing, whether it’s pre-canon, canon-period, future fic or AU.

Most of the fanfics I illustrate are the ones I translated/am translating into Chinese. Sometimes a short sentence can inspire an illustration, and translation ensures that I run into such sentences often enough.

11. As a writer, how do you feel about the position of fanfiction in current literature?

From my experience, I find fanfiction somewhat misunderstood by non-fanfiction readers. In their eyes it is too often associated with slash pairings, Mary Sue and erotic writing. Not that fanfiction is free from these things, but they are not the purpose why fanfiction is created. Many of the fanfics I love, especially the shorter ones, are canon gap-fillers with sincerest respect to Tolkien’s world and characters. There are also canon-divergent stories that respect Tolkien’s beliefs and motives in very creative ways. I don’t think fanfiction, as a whole, should be looked down upon because some fanfics are poorly written and consist of immature characterization and cheap story-telling devices.

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

I started reading A Song of Ice and Fire early this year and now I’m totally into it. Actually I’ve been drawing more ASOIAF than Middle-earth these couple of months. I also draw fanart for some of my favourite anime and short stories.

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

Keep reading and keep drawing/painting. Take tips about proportions, perspective drawings, etc. but stay faithful to your own understanding of characters and your own styles.

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

The Ring of Barahir by fish-in-fridge

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

Before and After Robert's Rebellion by fish-in-fridge

- a fanfiction you are most proud of?

The only fic I’ve written that I think is worth reading.

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Out for A Walking Party by fish-in-fridge
I want to have some hobbitish fun!

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Fingolfin and Finarfin by fish-in-fridge
Because of the map.

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

Elros, Elrond and Maglor by fish-in-fridge
I am fan of Maglor and his two wards, and for me there is never enough art portraying these three. This is the best one among all my attempts at this theme.

15.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 grandmother enjoyed drawing in her youth and she left me all her artworks she did in her youth. She encouraged me to draw and dropped me pieces of advice as she aged and quit drawing. It is always a pity that we didn’t talk about drawing and art as often or intensively as we could have.

16.Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve?

Her ethnic costume designs are really stylish, and she blends them into her Tolkien art, with very good effects.

You really better not miss her stylish webcomic Thicker Than Blood.

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

For Tolkien fans: Glad to know you and/or look forward to knowing more of you!
For fans of my art: Thank you for your continuous support!

Thank you for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

Light and darkness, black and white, hot and cold, love and hate... July in Teitho will be a month of Opposites!

There are different kind of opposites that you can explore in both persons and objects - properties and character traits, feelings and actions... The opposing forces of good and evil, light vs. darkness is the base on which the whole history of Middle-earth stands. It is the driving force of all great stories: without the sacrifice and sadness, there would be no greatness and nobility. Without light, there would be no shadow, and without the darkness, the brightness of light would not be appreciated. Some characters stand directly against each other in this struggle, like true opposites: Manwe and Melkor, for example. The relations of others are not that clear, but in certain aspects and decisions, they can be counterparts: like Aragorn and Ar-Pharazon in the acceptance of death or Frodo and Isildur in the decision about the Ring. Even Elrond created an opposite when sending Nine Walkers against the Nine Riders.

"Opposites attract" is an old saying, but not always true. It might be intriguing though to meet someone who is different from you in every aspect. You can take a look at the couples and friendships of Middle-earth, and see how much truth is there for them in this saying. It is certainly valid for Aule and Yavanna, but not that much for Aragorn and Arwen, it would seem. Or?... And the friendship of Legolas and Gimpli would also fall into the cathegory of relations confirming this saying.

But the opposites are not always perfect: there can be shades of grey between black and white, and even the most evil and most good characters are not just one-dimensional. There can be points when light turns into darknes or hate turns into love, a warrior becomes a healer. (Or maybe something a bit less dramatic, like when you hated broccoli as a child, and suddenly find out you love it...) These points of one opposite turning into the other would be also interesting to explore in writing or art.

The deadline for this challenge is July 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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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?

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.
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