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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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Talks with Tolkien artists: spiegelscherben

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 10:00 AM

:iconspiegelcherben: - spiegelscherben is the author of the "Silmarillion - The Good Parts Version" comics, but more than that, she is also a Tolkien artist and roleplayer. We talked about her art, humour and inspiration.

Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 1 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 4 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 5 by spiegelscherben
Silmarillion the Good Parts Version 9 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 14 by spiegelscherben Silmarillion: The Good Parts Version 15 by spiegelscherben

(Sorry for the small thumbs, I was having some trouble with resizing them in stash)

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

Hello! I'm a geek girl who lives behind a computer keyboard in Sweden. Computer programmer by day, artist and writer by night (well when not stuck in RP anyway!).

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

I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was about 11, I suppose. I read LOTR at 14, but I preferred the Hobbit for a long time - I preferred the flawed, pithy Elves over the overly perfect ones from LotR I suppose. But it's also a case of "first book wins" I guess. I appreciate both now.

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

I certainly don't consider myself a Tolkien expert! Except for the Hobbit and LOTR/Silmarillion books, I've been learning most about the history of M-E since I started role-playing in the Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) MMO. Most of my knowledge was acquired sitting with Wiki open in another tab feverishly checking that I wouldn't say anything wrong while RPing! But then, I also seem to have a talent for learning and retaining useless trivia... so by now I guess I know quite a bit of the history of M-E.

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?

I think I will always retain my own picture of how Strider looks over the pretty Aragorn in the movies. That's not to say I didn't like the actors or the films - it's just not always my own vision of how things went down.

5. 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?

I've been doing art for a long time, but never very professionally. I enjoy writing and drawing comics and have been doing my own serials off and on since high school. Apart from comics, I suppose my style is equally influenced by classical art and modern illustration (not that I consider myself being as great as either of those!).
6. You are an author of the "Silmarillion - The Good Parts Version". How did you get the idea for it, and how do you choose which parts are the good parts?

"The good parts version" is a reference to the Princess Bride - the book/movie is supposed to be the "good parts version" of a rather long and boring book hiding a good story. I have been thinking that the Silmarillion needed a short and concise (and humorous!) version for a long time, and at some point I ran across the Hetalia manga/anime in which countries are represented as persons. I just knew our Elves needed the same treatment!
Later I saw Scandinavia and the World (which I recommend heartily if you do not know it already!), and I can't deny that the look of the comic influenced the final look of my comic as well. But the first comics and character sketches are actually from before I knew SatW.

7. Is humour and fun an important part of your life?

Absolutely! I take a lot of inspiration from the old saying that a fool might criticise a king where the wise may not. Humour is important for dealing with both serious situations and everyday life. You should be able to make fun of yourself and even the things you take seriously.

8. You have several original characters in Middle-earth. One of them, Nimlith, even writes her own notebook... Could you tell us more about your characters, your writing and roleplaying?

Absolutely! I have a bunch of characters (to go into detail in all of those would be a bit too much even for this column...) but Nimlith is my main and favourite character, as my many drawings and paintings of her show.
Nimlith is a Nandor born in the Second Age who has lived in the Greenwood all her life as a healer. As it seemed like war was approaching though, she decided to leave her home in favour of spreading peace and harmony among the Free Peoples. She works to improve relationships and bring hope to all Free Peoples in the dark times that she knows are approaching.
(More can be seen and read on her Laurelinarchives page:… )

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 am working with many different techniques, but I find that I keep coming back to comics and ink drawings. It comes easiest to me. At the moment I am trying to teach myself watercolours, which are quite counter-intuitive for me! (I have no patience to let my paint dry... aargh!)

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

Read about art and look at art every day in your life! I always make a point to go to art galleries and exhibitions in every city I visit. You can learn a lot from the masters, even if you do not paint in the same style as they do!
I'd make a point about doing a little bit of art every day as well, but I've not been too good at it myself recently...

11. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

The Woman in the Woods by spiegelscherben
This picture's colour scheme and look is inspired by John Bauer - I quite like the way it came out, and the scene it depicts.

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

Starcomic page 03: Starkiss by spiegelscherben

An oldie but a goodie. Maybe I'll revisit it some day now that I've gotten my hand in with vector art.

- a picture that fits your current mood?

The Black Waters by spiegelscherben

I've been a bit stressed recently. But now, vacation!

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

 Spring Ritual by spiegelscherben

- this is probably the picture that took the single most time to paint. I changed the size of the picture several times and had to amend. Digital painting is really straining to my wrist, so I am quite happy that I got this one as far as I did before I declared it "done".

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

Nimlith's Notebook: The Forest and the Garden by spiegelscherben

A little inspirational story courtesy of Nimlith, who is much wiser than her player.

12. 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.

I come from an artsy family, so it was obvious I would also be interested in art. My boyfriend is very patient when it comes to my "I just have to finish this, I'm in the zoooone!"-cries. And of course the many artists and writers I knew over the years, from Elfwood to dA and on.

13. 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?

I believe Ursula Vernon :iconursulav: has quite enough attention now, being a Hugo-winning comic book author and generally awesome person, but if you don't know her yet, you should definitely check out her gallery! (and books. And comics.)

Mammoth Garlic by ursulavPludwump 2 by ursulavBattle Hamster Raid by ursulav 

And while I'm at it, humon :iconhumon:, the creator of Scandinavia and the World, definitely deserves mention as well.

How to deal with animals by humon What did you say? by humon Clothes Confusion by humon

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

I've rarely seen such a prolific and nice fan community as the Tolkien fans. Keep being awesome!

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

Betrayal and Forgiveness. Some big and serious topics for July... Thanks to victoria for the suggestion!

Loyalty and honor maybe already lost their priority in our world - which is a pity - but in the tales from Middle-earth they play a very important role. Without loyalty, the tales would have an entirely different ending, in which the evil would triumph. When the loyalty of comrades can make a difference between life and death, between victory and defeat, betrayal is something very grave and serious, and the mark of a traitor is one that can last for the whole life. Being betrayed by someone they trusted can lead to a very dangerous situation also for Aragorn or Legolas. Your picture or story can depict such a situation. But in a war, there are always two sides. A good deed can be also seen as a betrayal of evil, and so our heroes can have the role of the traitors, as well, especially when in disguise.

Forgiveness is the other side of the coin. With betrayal being such a serious matter, it is not easy to forgive it. But it is not easy to admit a mistake and ask for it, either. You can put Aragorn or Legolas into any of these positions. You can also write about both - betrayal and forgiveness, or choose to depict only one of them in your story or picture.

The deadline for this challenge is July 31st 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,


Note of absence

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 18, 2014, 2:12 AM
Skin by TMNT-Raph-fan

"I'm going on an adventure!"

I am posting this note in my personal profile as well as in the groups where I'm the only admin who votes on entries.

I will be away from July 19th until July 27th, without any internet access. In that time I will not reply to any notes and messages, and will not approve the submissions in the groups. I will get back to everything after I return.

(I'm going for a honeymoon in Scotland! Expect photos when I get back! :))

Specific notes for groups:
:icontreelovers: The next voting for the featured deviations will be posted after I return. Until then, the current voting journal is actual.

:iconarda-inspired: The deadline for the "Betrayal and Forgiveness" challenge has been extended until July 31st, so the stories will be posted after that in time. Only the posting of the new challenge will be delayed from 25th to 27th.

:iconthelotrclub: Expect the new issue of "Talks with Tolkien artists" in Tuesday! (Yay, for dA's sheduled submit :))

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