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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
Founded 2 Years ago
Jan 27, 2012


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Mmmmmmmm... Our March topic is exactly that. It's free to your interpretation. We will say nothing more, just "Mmmmmmmm..."

Is it a sound of pleasure? It can be a delicious food, a warm, scented bath after a long day, or a massage. Let's shove our heroes with some luxury just once, for a change! (For other kinds of pleasure, please keep the rating in mind ;))

It can be also a sound of someone trying to speak behind a gag. Maybe instead of luxury, we have a hostage situation here! Who is the gagged one, and how did that happen?

Or is it just an inarticulated answer to an annoying question?
"Darling, can you carry these packages for me while I try these shoes from Harad? They are on discount!"

And maybe it is something entirely else! It's only up to you what you will come with, and how you will interpret the sound. (As a side note, the number of 'm' does not matter, if you don't make it so.)

And the winners are:
An Unfortunate Series of Events by Linda Hoyland 1st place
Ambush by Darkover 1st place

Happy reading
Your Teitho-moderator,


Talks with Tolkien artists: marisoly

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:37 AM

She can see the unseen, and her Tolkien illustrations are truly unique, with their own beauty standards and symbolics. Today I bring you an interview with a spanish artist Maria Lombide Ezpeleta, or :iconmarisoly: - marisoly

 Este by marisoly Earendil by marisoly
Eru - Ar Pharazon by marisoly White council by marisoly
Aqualonde by marisoly Luthien by marisoly

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

Im nobody, coming from nowhere and going towards nothing…

I have always felt that, it´s my weakness and strength.

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

They were read to me in loud, before I could read myself. I was impressed by Meeting Gildor Inglorion, Glorfindel at the Bridge and Elwe meets Melian. These scenes still bring tears into my eyes.

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?

Oh…how extensive can it be…?  Compared to experts, I probably know nothing;  I have read the Tolkien books, some articles and also some Middle Earth legends.

Do you consider yourself Tolkien nerd?

Newer asked myself that question.

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?

No, but some actors and scenes are better than what I have in my mind

Did you try to prevent it?


5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art?
Are you a professional artist, or is art just your hobby?

I think I need to paint more than I need food

When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?

I started before I could walk, but I was not allowed to do “strange” drawings, so I didn’t until I was big enough to defend myself… I paint what comes to me, and also what I have seen and what I remember.

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

I don´t. They choose me.

7. What art technique is your favourite?

I use coloured pencils for comfort, but I like oil painting and some other techniques too.

Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

Sometimes I do experiment.

8. Your art is unique and has its own standards of beauty.
Your Elves have exotic, almost alien features and skin color, the characters are often depicted in unusual or distorted positions, you use elements that are modern, or characteristic for egyptian and eastern mythologies. Can you tell us something about the evolution of this complex style? 

I try to do it as they appear to me – but there is a lot  that can´t be interpreted in images. They think, feel , perceive and act  differently to humans´. When I look at some ancient art,  images come to me, feel familiar, I know about them…  

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

Oh, maybe to enjoy what you paint,  and if you dislike some parts of a pic, then turn it into something that you do like.

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

I never feel proud, but I like elven, therefore I like most of their pictures This, for instance:

 The burning by marisoly

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

I love to do pics of Sololah:

 Forgive me Sololah by marisoly

- a picture that fits your current mood?

917 Dragon pap - We're love by marisoly

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

Middle Earth Serpent… emotionally

 Middle Earth Serpent by marisoly

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

Sprite with ring… but he has a long story…


I was working on another pic with this fairy in it. After work I was writing a letter when my right hand ring started to fade off and vanish. I could still feel the ring touching it, but after half a minute or so it was gone. I woke up several times that night and saw the fairy at my bed, showing me the ring like in this pic. Next day I kept on working and thought 'Well if the Fairy wants my ring I´ll draw it on him' I started to draw and after a while we heard something explode in the kitchen. My sister went out there and said: A bowl jumped up from the dish shell.  I kept on drawing. After a while my sister came back.- The Fairy has returned your ring. It was inside the bowl

10. You don't administrate your deviantart gallery yourself. Do you still read the comments on your pictures?

Oh, I would read them if I could. But… or I cant get into Deviantart, or it mucks up and I can´t see the pics or where to answer or computer blocks and I have to restart.

Maybe someone here knows a solution…?

(technical details: she has Windows 7, and tried Mozilla and IE, the problem only happens with dA)

If people like your art, where is the best place to tell you?

Main page  has place to comment or maybe gallery can be made to accept comments… Elfwood takes comments… and if there is a way to make Deviant art to work…?

11. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist?

All artists inspire me in one way or another

You can also tell us why, if you want.

The beauty or/and feeling of their art

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

A painting of  the others” is just a poor attempt to catch the uncatchable, they move, sound and act differently and they have more senses, other senses…

Thank you for your time and answers, it was really an interesting talk!

Previous talks:Bullet; Blue with Gold-Seven
                            Bullet; Blue with steamey
                            Bullet; Blue with ekukanova
                            Bullet; Blue with Tulikoura
                            Bullet; Blue with AbePapakhian
                            Bullet; Blue with kimberly80
                            Bullet; Blue with jankolas
                            Bullet; Blue with jgilronan
                            Bullet; Blue with ebe-kastein
                            Bullet; Blue with MatsumotoSensei
                            Bullet; Blue with TurnerMohan
                            Bullet; Blue with ullakko
                            Bullet; Blue with batwinged-squirrel
                            :bulletblue: with wolfanita

Rohirrim journal skin.

Horse head 2009 - Grinmir-stock
Texture by kizistock
Knotwork by gbrgraphix

Our April topic is a Mystery... Literally.

Life has its own mysteries and unanswered questions, both big and small. In Middle-earth, it is no different. Who is Tom Bombadil? Did the Balrog have wings? Were any of the 13 Dwarves in the Hobbit female? How did Legolas keep his hair perfect?

Your story or picture can be about someone encountering a mystery, creating a mystery, revealing a mystery, about questions without answers or answers without questions. The overall atmosphere can be mysterious as well - you can write a horror or detective story, but your repertoir is not limited to that.

The deadline for this challenge is April 25th. If you need an extension, let us know! (We do not bite.)

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,

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HazelNutsandCream 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 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 Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
legolaslover2003 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 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 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 Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to be a member of this group.
Thank you.
Brunild Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :heart: !!
Brunild Oct 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my works! I love this group ;)
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