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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 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!



:bulletgreen: - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
: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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Jan 27, 2012


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Note of absence

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 17, 2016, 3:29 AM

Hello to all members of my groups!
I will be on holiday until July 28th, so please be patient with your submissions. They will not expire, I will approve them as soon as I return (or get a hold of a stable wifi).
Have a nice summer!


The theme for June is Pain. Not a pain to write, though, I hope...

One of the most primeval sensations, pain evolved to signalize that something is wrong with our bodies, and we should seek a way to amend it - which is not always possible. And so, while it's useful for the survival of mankind, dealing with it can be hard and unpleasant.

Whether the pain is physical or emotional, people differ by their tolerance of it, and the ways they deal with it. The differences are also between the races of Middle-earth: Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits, Orcs, Ents...

This month, we are looking for the classical hurt-comfort stories, but not only that. It can deal with many different aspects of pain: overcoming it or submitting to it, avoiding, witnessing, causing or enduring it, being able to soothe it or not, pain with or without meaning... 

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:

A Lesson by Mirach 3rd place :trophy:
As the Kings of Old by Jessica Kleeberger
Coming of Age by Finfinfin
Doubts by ShadowTravel
Humble Gifts by UnnamedElement 2nd place :trophy:
Kingly Valour by Ryanwe
Remember Today, Brother by Lotrfn
Slivers by Everleigh 1st place :trophy:
The Deepest Pain by Linda Hoyland
The Ladies of Imladris by Erosaf
The stained stones kissed... by Sian22
Wild Waters by Starfox

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

Your Teitho-moderator,


Talks with Tolkien artists: skinnyuann

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 15, 2016, 7:30 AM

:iconskinnyuann: - skinnyuann is an artists who, as a part of his thesis, painted the illustrations to the whole Silmarillion on a canvas made from popsicle sticks! Visit his gallery if you want to see more of them:

Flame of Udun by skinnyuann Siesta by skinnyuann
Rude Harp by skinnyuann Girdle of Melian by skinnyuann
Poison of Death by skinnyuann Tirion upon Tuna by skinnyuann

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

Hi, I am Jerrel Salvatierra, I do love to draw and paint, explore new things, and travel.

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

Mine’s “Skinnyuann”. Why? I do play RPG online games before and I usually use “Yuann” as my character’s name. Why “Skinny”? It’s just because I am skinny ever since and I just embraced being one.

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

I am not a reader though I do love reading but only those topics I am into, most of them are related in science and art. I read the old English version of LOTR because my sister has it, but I didn’t have much time to finish it. I finished “The Silmarillion” by listening to audio books. Does listening make count? Haha! I got hooked by this book easily because I love fantasy and medieval theme. I do recommend reading this book if you do love the LOTR and the Hobbit; it fills the gap and answers the questions about Tolkien Legendarium.

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

I am not an expert in Tolkien Legendarium , but I do consider myself a fan of it.

5. Did you read the books, or see the movies first?

I saw the movies first

How much did the movies influence your imagination when reading the books?

A lot, as an artist, it serves as a standard for me.

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?

I first started to love drawing when I was young, I used to copy and draw animes back then. After high school, I am much undecided on what college course I am going to take but one thing I knew I wanted is that, I want a course that has something related to art and drawing. Luckily, I managed to choose a course and graduate in UST-College of Fine Arts and Design major in Advertising Arts. I’m into illustration and concept art, but after graduating college I realized that I still have a very limited visual library; and because of that, I do take photographs when I travel, climb mountains, etc. to help me fill up my visual library.

7. You illustrated the Silmarillion for your thesis. As a Tolkien fan, was you happy that you were able to pick this topic? Also, it's a lot of illustrations. Didn't the fact that you were obliged to do them spoil the enjoyment of the topic a bit?

When I picked the Silmarillion, I was beyond happy because my primary goal was to pick any Tolkien books or stories. I was shocked learning that the book consists of hundreds of characters. Designing the characters involved in the selected scenes was the most enjoyable but it is also a real challenge for me because of its quantity. Having a part-time job (3D Animator) in a government agency that time, my obligation to finish the illustrations as fast as possible did spoil the enjoyment, but I still manage to enjoy it for the reason that I am learning new techniques and styles from it.

8. You painted these illustrations on Popsicle sticks. How did you get this ideas, and where did you even get so many of them? How long did it take to prepare one such canvas for painting?

We the students were obliged to present at last three new ideas in art styles and techniques. I had a bunch of ideas that got rejected by my thesis adviser because he knew that other artists have done it already. Most of my ideas have something to do with wood, simply because I like wooden stuff or something with a wood finish. I got the idea by researching and one of the topics I came up is Pyrography. The idea of pyrography with watercolor was the first one that was rejected, but after a week I did ask to my adviser to reconsider it and he said, “Try adding something to it rather than colors.” That’s how I got the idea and after that, I rushed into a craft store and bought dozens of Popsicle sticks. My father helped me in cutting those Popsicle sticks. An average of 7 hours per board/panel is needed to prepare one.

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

I did listen to the audio book per chapter, then after each chapter is finished, I decide on which scene is to be illustrated. The characters involved in the illustration depend on the chosen scene.

10. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Gandalf, perhaps because he is true to his quest.

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

Mostly games, like DOTA, Diablo3, ROHAN, Gaia online. Movies, perhaps the Pirates of the Carribean, Wreck it Ralph, and Marvel movies. Why? I love fantasy stuff.

12. 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?

For the traditional art, I like the art exploration used in my thesis but I think it has a lot of room for improvement. I can’t say it’s my favorite but I like it nonetheless. For the digital art, I do admire other artists like Marta Nael for her choosing of colors, Darek Zabrocki for his artwork’s traditional art approach even if it’s digitally painted, Peter Mohrbacher’s character designs. I can’t really say that I have one most favorite technique and style because I have a lot of artists that I do admire, each of them have their own techniques and styles. I do experiment with new techniques and styles both in traditional and digital art.

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

Most schools won’t teach you all the things that you need, it is a good foundation, yes, but I think the best teachers are experiences and mistakes. It is an advantage to learn photography as it has many overlapping topics with illustration. Art blocked? Go outside and travel, touch and feel the texture of natural world, climb a mountain, be with nature and explore.

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

Maiden of Sunlight by skinnyuann

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

R.O.H.A.N. - Brandish Kick by skinnyuann

- a picture that fits your current mood?
I feel like eating breakfast at the top of a mountain

- a picture that was hardest to paint
R.O.H.A.N. - Brandish Kick by skinnyuann

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
I took this photograph in one of my travels. This river inspired me to include a river in my future paintings.

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 college friends have always been an inspiration to me, they taught me a lot. They recommended watching Level Up! Sessions by Jonas De Ro, Darek Zabrocki, and Wojtek Fus. Watching their videos along with the other artists in the industry inspired me because they talked about about how to improve as an artist. Jonas De Ro, a concept artist and one of the Level Up! hosts, went here in the Philippines and set up an artist’s meet up. I met more artists because of that gathering, some are students like me back then and some are professionals. Those artists I met inspired me a lot, learning different things from them is essential for my growth as an artist. By the way, a day after that gathering, Jonas De Ro went with the students including me for a swim in a waterfall and it was awesome. New circle of artist friends!

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

For Popsicle sticks as the wood panel, it depends on my availability because it takes a lot of time, but if I have enough span of working time, I would definitely love to create another. For digital illustrations, I will still create more illustrations. I am open for commissions; feel free to email me at
Have a good day everyone!

Thank you for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
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Irsanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for the request!
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?

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