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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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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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Once in a while, we have a little different challenge, not giving you a theme to write about, but a form that the story should be in. In October, it's time for such a form challenge again and it should be an Alphabet Story!

The rules are simple: the first sentence of your story should begin with the letter A. The second with the letter B, the third with C, etc. The story can have exactly 26 sentences, but it's not a requirement - you can stop at any letter you want, or even repeat the alphabet a few times in the story. You can write about any topic you want, even about someone learning the alphabet.

It is primarily a story-oriented challenge, but you can also draw a picture of it - the objects of the picture should be ordered alphabetically. You can for example draw the Fellowship, or Feanor's sons standing in alphabetic order.

The deadline for this challenge is October 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,


When it's just right, you barely even notice it. But shift it just slightly to one of its many extremes, and it can be the most noticeable thing about any trip or event. Of course, I'm talking about Weather, which is our theme for September.

It is the natural background of every story or art that takes place outside. This month, we ask you to bring it to the foreground: is it sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, does it rain or snow? Thunderstorm, hail, draught, hurricane? Bring it on! There is a saying (which could very well come from the Rangers) that there is no such thing as "bad weather" - only badly dressed people. It may be true most of the time, but there are certain types of weather that are unpleasant or dangerous even with the best clothing.

Not only is the weather important for travellers, but also for events. Some - like weddings or ceremonies - are planned long time in advance, and if they are taking place outside, everybody just hopes that the weather will be nice. Such events can be quite ruined by an unexpected storm... but maybe saved as well, at the end. How? That's just up to your imagination.

So be it nice or bad, dry or wet, just remember that weather has to play an important role in your story or picture.

And the winners are:

A New Beginning by TheMusicalDevil 3rd place
Cold Feet, Warm Hearts by Telemachus 2nd place
Forging a Path by Rhymer 1st place
For Want of an Apple by Karri Neves
Men for all Seasons by Linda Hoyland
Hide by BlackShaftedArrow
Into the Tempest by Rebecca Wilkin Belton
Mightier Than the Sword by Wynja2007 1st place
Namarie by Cassie Hughes

Happy reading!
Your Teitho-moderator,


Talks with Tolkien artists: DonatoArts

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 1:48 AM

The interview with a professional illustrator Donato Giancola, who has a deviantArt account as :icondonatoarts: - DonatoArts was conducted a bit differently than the rest of the talks. When I asked for it, he directed me to his extensive FAQ page , where he already answered many of the questions I meant to ask. So, most of the answers are taken from there, and he only added the answers to my other questions. He already added them to his FAQ as well, so if you are interested in reading a more detailed talk about his work and art, I recommend visiting his page. You can also learn more about his painting technique here:…

Nienor and Glaurung by DonatoArts Galadriel and Aragorn by DonatoArts
Eowyn DefenderofRohan by DonatoArts Gandalf in Moria- The Three Doorways by DonatoArts
Turgon defending Gondolin by DonatoArts OneRing-BagEnd-donato-900 by DonatoArts

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

I was born (in 1967) and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, a township near Burlington. After graduation from Syracuse University I moved to New York City and have resided and worked in Brooklyn since 1993. My wife and I have two daughters.

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

I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was 13. Without exaggeration, those books changed my life. The elaborately detailed fantasy, the plot's epic sweep, and the characters' classically heroic qualities grabbed hold of me and never let go. I obsessed over them, frequently referring to the appendices at the end of The Return of the King: Who was Beren? How old Moria? When was the First Age? It took forever to read each chapter as I referenced names, places, and events in those notes: each offered a trip to another time and a story as complex as the tale I was engrossed within. Very so afterwards The Lost Tales, Unfinished Tales and The Simarillion were a part of my canon after reading them at my local library.

I still have the books I first read, with paperback covers by Darrell Sweet. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase his original cover painting for The Hobbit. It hangs in a place of honor in my entry hall.

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

I would not consider myself an expert on Tolkien, any more than I would call myself a master oil painter.  Labels are for others to place.  I will state I have thoroughly read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Book of Lost Tales I and II, The Lays of Beleriand, the Children of Hurin, and have begun reading the further collected notes by Christopher Tolkien.  Can I write messages in Elvish? No.  But I can hold a conversation on Beren and Luthien and their trip into Angband, discuss the building of Orthanc, or talk about the time Sauron was seen as a friend to the Elves and helped them forge the rings of power... So , yes I know my Middle-earth lore quite extensively, but am not a fact checker.

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?

When the recent movies interpreting the Lord of the Rings were released, many artists became heavily influenced by what they saw onscreen.  A movie is a very powerful form of artistic expression through the use of atmospheric lighting, movement through time, experiences of scale and immersive sound- it is easy to have the world view of the content dictated by what happens on the big screen.  Luckily I am not one of those easily swayed.  

That is not to say there are designs and elements which I found utterly compelling to absorb and enter into my visual language of painting, but rather my expression of Tolkiens’ Middle-earth was set long and very deeply before the movies were released.  One of the major pivotal experiences came when I was 16 years old and a friend handed me the Tolkien Bestiary edited by David Day and included the amazing work of Allan Curless, John Blanche, and most importantly Ian Miller.  Here in my hands was a stunning collection of art inspired by the words of Tolkien, and all of it through various artistic expressions.  This pluralistic tome made it easy to see my own art as a valid form in interpreting and adding to the voices singing the praises of Middle-earth.  It has been that way ever since.  Each new artist I discovered interpreting Tolkien was just another voice in the chorus. Peter Jackson now takes a seat next to Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith, John Howe, Darryl Sweet, David Wenzel, etc...  All equal, and none better than another.  Just different.

Thus I did nothing special when I experienced the films in order to protect that artistic voice I hold.  It was so deeply rooted that the movies blew past like a wind storm, dropping their wonderful treasures about my play space.  And when they are gone I will continue in my journey in seeing Middle-earth as a conversation between me and J.R.R Tolkien...

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?

Drawing was my passion pretty much from the time I could hold a crayon. Throughout childhood and adolescence I made models and toys, copied pictures of military hardware and spaceships, and produced 8mm films. Dungeons & Dragons particularly channeled my creative energies. To support my avid play, I painted lead figurines and created detailed maps and character drawings. (One of the more elaborate maps hangs in my studio today.)

Art was a passion, but only a hobby, as my formal art training came late. After starting in electrical engineering at the University of Vermont, I dropped out that course of study in the middle of my third semester. My grades were fine, but I felt frustrated with and unmotivated by the lack of creativity in engineering classes. Uncertain of my path, I enrolled in an art course for my very first formal lesson. After creating some horrible oil paintings, I realized I needed guidance - lots of guidance.

In 1989, I enrolled at Syracuse University, majoring in fine art painting. The exceptional faculty at SU introduced me to the key concepts that underpin all great art: color theory, composition, anatomy, paint techniques, experimental drawing, and post-modern, modern and abstract theorizing. SU also gave me a studio, and I spent nearly all my free time in it, working not only on class assignments but also on numerous personal projects. I worked relentlessly during my three years at Syracuse, finishing my BFA in 1992.

I find inspiration through studying the world's greatest art masters, in the real world about me, and in photography. Some of each of these elements can be found in my most successful works.

Some of my favorite painters are Hans Memling, Jan Van Eyck, Velazquez, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Ribera, Rubens, Titian - and Mondrian. I strive to bring their complexity into my work, melding classical aesthetics with modern abstraction.

You can see both types of influences in some of my illustrations. For example: Cartographer is inspired by Lorenzo Lotto's portraits; the dense compression of figures in Faramir at Osgiliath combines Caravaggio-like renderings with Modrian's surface patterning; and the vertical columns in Ashling recall Barnet Neuman while building upon the atmospheric illusions of Van Eyckian perspectives.

Visiting the actual paintings is what most inspires me. While images of many great paintings can be readily found in books, nothing impresses as much as being in the presence of the real works. How can a book convey the almost overwhelming scale of a 16' by 10' Velazquez painting, with life-sized figures? Or the squinty, exquisite detail of a tiny, 8Ó x 12Ó Van Eyck? I habituate the many great museums in my home city, New York, and no vacation is complete without a pilgrimage to another great art museum.

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

I have always sought great challenges in my art. To this end when looking for inspiration to illustrate novels and stories, I have always attempted to render those moments which are ill described or fleeting in nature, yet capture the essence of the characters and narrative. Simple 'domestic' scenes are difficult to compose to appear compelling, yet a successful painting in this manner can carry much more power than a heroic battle scene. Consider your reader and viewer, they most likely have never experienced the intensity of conflict nor the range of extremes most heroes travel through. It is upon a common ground of emotion with which I attempt to build my narratives. And it is with these simple scenes that J.R.R. Tolkien makes us feel the humanity of his characters; the depths of utter darkness in Moria; Merry and Pippin smoking pipe weed after the destruction of Isengard; Frodo and Sam cooking a brace of rabbits in the Shadow of Mordor.

7. 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?

My studio contains many different oil paints, brushes, turpentine, linseed oil, palettes, paper, Masonite, panels, art boards, rags, easels, photographs, cameras, mat boards, frames, studio lights for photographing models, and props for the models (cloths, costumes, etc.). My shelves are filled with books of reference for costumes, landscapes and architectural designs. My office contains, a computer, printer, various papers, templates, rulers, etc.

The most necessary and favorite tool I could never do without is a pencil.

Currently the increasing presence of digital illustration with its faster production time and on-the-fly-changes is shrinking the market for traditional illustrators who work by hand. Nonetheless, those with creative ideas and the strong skills to realize them can still find a niche. Furthermore, digital hardware still does not substitute for a powerful idea, strong composition, and developed narratives which form the foundation for all quality art, no matter how it is made.

8. Do you use references?

When creating an illustration I primarily work from photos but always produce gesture drawings from live figures. The many happy accidents and discoveries that occur from real life cannot be anticipated or made up. I use these gesture drawings as springboards for the final illustrations and paintings.

I don't use 3D models in creating my architecture, dragons or aliens - not from lack of desire but rather from my inability to create a nice miniature.

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

Practice. Practice. Practice. Visit galleries, exhibitions, other artists studios, and museums. Take art classes and try to draw things you like. Learn to struggle. Challenge yourself constantly and learn to draw people.

10. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
'I threw down my enemy' - Gandalf on Zirak-zigil by DonatoArts

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
Joan of Arc by DonatoArts

- a picture that fits your current mood?
Bag End - Shadow of the Past by DonatoArts

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin by DonatoArts

Thank you for your time and answers!

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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.
legolaslover2003 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow really?  Huh... though that's hardly surprising... my internet does strange things sometimes.
I've submitted it and didn't get an error this time so maybe it worked, hehehe.

LotROLaurelin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to be a member of this group.
Thank you.
Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :heart: !!
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