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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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:bulletgreen: fanfiction stories

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: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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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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We collect art inspired by Tolkien fanfiction, and encourage artists to illustrate fanfiction stories
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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.

Here are the stories for this month:

A Study in Opposites
An Orc By Any Other Name...
Choice
Comparison of Contrast
Elves Are Not Alike!
Leaves of Change
Starlit Reflections
Stirrups and Stitches
The Dangers Arising From Travelling with Hobbits
The Other
The Sell-Sword and the Prince

And the authors:

Canafinwe
Cassie Hughes
Gemstárzah
Horsegirl
Karri
Linda Hoyland
My Blue Rose
Neflanthir
Noldesse
ShadowsintheFire
Wynja2007

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

Happy reading!


Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach


Teitho

Talks with Tolkien artists: Venlian

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 29, 2015, 2:54 AM


The Elves are beautiful, there is no doubt about that. But :iconvenlian: - Venlian gives this beauty a new dimension - one that can only be described as "hot" or "sexy". And this is just one of the interesting topics we talked about in this interview ;)
(note: please keep in mind that English is not Venlian's first language and this interview had to be translated. I hope all is understandable despite of this, though.)

Idril Light by Venlian Feanaro by Venlian
Morning Punishment by Venlian Beren by Venlian
Celegorm son of Feanor by Venlian Eowyn by Venlian
 

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

Hi! I’m an artist from Ukraine, I’m fond of drawing, music and literature. I love animals. I have 3 aquariums and a german shepherd dog, I called him Anor.

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

I read and looked through enough material about Tolkien's world to say that I understand it. But as the actor V. Livanov who ingeniously played Sherlock Holmes told in his interview – he specially didn't re-read the book before filming to keep freshness of sensing and admiration of Holmes he got since early youth and convey this first impression to the audience. I think he succeeded in it:). I don't re-read Tolkien for hundred times too before drawing, I don't look for any little details through Internet, I draw on first impression of scene or character, I try to keep my delight of some character :). That’s why I wouldn't put my name among experts and tolkienologists.

3. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you? What was first for you - book or movie? 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 first part of LOTR trilogy came out, I wasn't fond of Tolkien yet and I didn't know who is he, that’s why I didn't go to the cinema. And only when there were already all 3 parts, I decided to watch this movie from the disk, but didn't understand the plot and didn’t like it. When I told my acquaintance about it, she said that it is necessary to read the book first; all is much more cool and clear there. She gave me to read "The Two Towers", - my passion for Tolkien also began with it. I was immensely in love with the book, I terribly wanted to read the others. After time I was lucky to buy all 3 volumes on sale, it was translated by Nemirova A. I think that it is the best translation of LOTR, exactly I must thank this translation that my love for Tolkien became so deep. I hesitated much to read the "Silmarillion" though there were its fans among my acquaintances. The text seemed very confusing and unclear to me. Only much later, also incidentally, I had to study this book and some episodes made great impression on me. As for the movie, I re-watched it after reading the book, and it is a beautiful scenery to the book, but no more than that. The most apt in my opinion is Gandalf, approximately such as I also imagine him. Sam, Eowyn and Theoden and all Rohirrim are good :) I don’t like Frodo at all, in my opinion he doesn't agree with the book and that uncommon hobbit about whom Tolkien wrote. Aragorn also lacs, with all my love to Vigo :) Images from Jackson’s LOTR are inevitably imposed on us, but Tolkien’s world is much more deep and more natural and orсs are not so simple as the herd of bisons  :)

4. 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 am a professional artist. I studied in an art school, then in the nursery of artists in a painting class, then I graduated from the art and graphic institute. I started drawing in childhood. At the beginning I drew only animals, I started with people already studying in an art school. In my childhood I was inspired by cartoons – the russian animated cartoon "Maugli", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", etc. I wanted very much to become an animated cartoon artist.

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

I would tell that my applies to Tolkien share on two parts: these are portraits of characters and a scenes from their life. Most of all I’m interested in several characters from "Silm", first of all it is Feanor and his family. Creating his portrait, or members of his family, I want to convey a certain emotional state, identity, feature. I don't want them to be ordinary cute faces, without relation to Tolkien's world. It is difficult and such task attracts me. On my portraits they are shown as just people, often sexy, and often first of all as soldiers. This combination of sublime beauty of mind and body with necessity to struggle, win and create new cities  -  is really wonderful. Inexhaustible subject. As for the scenes from life – there are some plans, and I hope that I would be able to get around to them :).

6. 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 like to draw digital and traditional, however the spirit of Middle Ages in Tolkien's works as if hints that his world goes best of all with traditional, and I will agree with such opinion. As for the techniques I tried to draw Tolkien's world with watercolor, and pastel, and ink and graphite. Quite perhaps, I will risk also with oil :) It would be epic :)

7. Probably the best word to describe your character paintings is "hot". As a modest and religious man, Tolkien avoided this topic, but some of your illustrations are more revealing. Is it your intention to present them as "eye-candy" for the viewers? What is your opinion on sexuality in Middle-earth?

You know, I think that there was sex in Middle-Earth :). Feanor had 7 sons, and this already gives us a hint that he had sex with his wife not only on hollidays :) I don't see elves of "Silm" as just cute handsome men and shirkers, they had to work hard, building the new cities of Middle-Earth – after all they had no slaves, all they did, they did themselves. They had to be at war, sow and plow, build and fight – that’s why in my opinion they are flesh and blood. Thus they are beautiful and strong – and it is really sexy!

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

In my art I try to avoid stereotypes. I can advise all artists, to do the same :)

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


Glorfindel. Before The Storm. by Venlian
I like how it came out to show his expression and mood.

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

Celtic girl by Venlian

- a picture that fits your current mood?

Fingon Before the Battle by Venlian

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Feanor Noldor King by Venlian
I was drawing him with breaks, started and began again. This interview helped me to finish and also my friend's persuasions.

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

Beast by Venlian
I love the technique here.

10. 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 had to communicate with many artists and it is possible to learn something from everyone. But the most important person for me is my teacher in art school and also some fellow students with whom I studied in the nursery of artists. From DA I can call :icongold-seven: - the first traditional Tolkien artist I saw on DA, and a thought rushed in my head: hey! And why not to do the same! :) There are many drawings which inspire on something also from other DA artists.  If it concerns my favourite classical artists, they are Vrubel, Kramskoy, Shishkin, Levitan, Serov and many other Russian artists. Also I like impressionists – for fine vivid colours and plus  classic like Michelangelo, Rodin, etc.

11. 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?

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young archer by RighonGoldberry and unfamiliar sinda by Righon

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Last Breath of Fire by ToradhNirnaeth Arnoediad by Toradh

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Leithian by meneldil-elda

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

Tolkien's world is fascinating and boundless, it inspires me, and I am glad that my drawings and my vision of this world can inspire and be pleasant to you.

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
Teitho

Have you been traveling during this summer? And have you asked for Directions? Well, let me ask for some from you, because that is our topic for August.

East and West, South and North are some of the most important directions, if you have a compass with you. But you do not need a compass to know that in Middle-earth, these are not just simple cardinal points, but also have a deeper, symbolic meaning. East is the direction to Mordor, and despite of the rising sun, it is a synonym of evil:
‘You left the East Wind to me,’ said Gimli, ‘but I will say naught of it.’ ‘That is as it should be,’ said Aragorn. ‘In Minas Tirith they endure the East Wind, but they do not ask it for tidings.
West, on the other hand, is where the Powers dwell in their beautiful land, and where the Elven ships sail to not return, the symbol of something good and pure. This is often reflected in the story, like the name of Aragorn's sword - Andúril, Flame of the West.

The cardinal points are not the only directions, though. Forwards and backwards, left and right - these are the directions that are relative to the viewer. It is the summary of Bilbo's journey from his own point of view: "there and back again". But these directions don't have to be only limited to space - backwards and forwards can also indicate moving in time, the progress and decay of civilisation or individual, dwellling on the past or looking forwards to the present.

Directions can also be any instructions or orders, describing the way or actions that someone should take. Asking for them can be connected with getting lost, which is a fact that's sometimes hard to admit (especially to a ranger). And not always the given directions help, as I'm sure many of you have had the chance to find out while arguing with a GPS.

And if you need any directions about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, you can check our rules page!

The deadline for this challenge is August 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 teitho.contest@gmail.com. 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. 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,
Mirach


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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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