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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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OUR GALLERY FOLDERS:

: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!

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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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Taste, sight, touch, smell and hearing are the five traditionally recognized senses and our theme for September.

These senses are our main means of perceiving the world - or Middle-earth. Everything you experience, you experience through your senses, and so they deserve their own story. You can write about all five or pick just one for it. You can focus on the loss (temporal or permanent) or one of the senses, and ways of dealing with it, on the differences between the sharpness of senses of different races or on pleasant and unpleasant perceptions perceived through them.

Five senses are the title of the challenge, but you don't have to limjt yourself to just five. There are many more senses, both confirmed and hypothetic. Human senses also include the perception of pressure, temperature, motion, pain and balance, but maybe there is also something like the "sixth sense" - intuition? Elves could even have some more, and I'm not even talking about the Valar.

You only need one sense to read a story - sight, but while reading, you imagine what the characters perceive with all their senses. This month, let us give the readers this wonderful illusion again!

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:

Remission by UnnamedElement 1st place :trophy:
The Sense of Time by Ava 1st place :trophy:
(We had a tie between the two stories)

Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!

Your Teitho-moderator,
MirachRavaia

XII. Tolkien Mailing Competition

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 9, 2017, 9:31 AM


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The Hungarian Tolkien Society proudly announces the launching of the “Quendi” category of the Tolkien Mailing Competition. It will be in English, open to any individual participant, but recommended for those older than fifteen. In the course of the Competition you will face different challenges like quizzes, riddles and creative tasks. The five rounds of the competition will last from October to March. The application deadline is 29. October, 2017!

 

 
The Tolkien Mailing Competition ("TLV" abbreviated from its Hungarian equivalent "Tolkien Levelező Verseny") takes place for the 12th time this year. In the first seven years it was organised only in Hungarian, and only for Hungarians. Competitors were groups of students aged 10–18-years. They competed in three categories of different difficulty levels, called Hobbits, Dúnedain and Noldor. Every year we had more than a hundred participants from all over the country, who were interested in the world created by Tolkien. But four years ago we decided to go international, and the outcome was definitely encouraging.
The international category, called Quendi, is open to individual participants. Both the challenges and the communication will be entirely in English—but don’t be afraid. You won’t need to be fluent in English for taking part in the competition. You only have to be able to understand the texts by Tolkien, and maybe to write an essay—it won’t need to be of university level.
The competition is recommended for the "young adult" age group, since it originally addressed middle and high school students, and we do not plan to make big changes in the style. Still, the competition is open to anybody who feels young enough for it.
 
We set a maximum limit of 60 for the number of participants in this category. The number of applications were far from this limit in the last two years, but we kindly ask everyone interested in the competition to apply as soon as possible and thus leave us time to plan the process.
Participation in the Quendi category requires a thorough knowledge of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and, perhaps, The Children of Húrin. Some questions (riddles, quizzes, etc.) will refer to other works by Tolkien, but you will have about four weeks for each round, that is, plenty of time to look up in the books everything you might need.

There will also be some creative challenges. For example, you may be asked to describe a situation, write a short poem, make a drawing or take a photograph, etc. We would like to be proud of our participants, so we ask you to share the rights of your creative productions royalty-free. The best of your works—with due credit to authors/artists—might be published by the Hungarian Tolkien Society, e.g. on our website, www.tolkien.hu, or in our journal, Lassi Laurië. Please do not publish these works yourself without consulting us first, and especially not before the deadline of the round in question.

The contest starts in October and continues until March. Every month you will receive the questions of the next round, and you will have to submit your solutions until the indicated deadline. Communication will be via e-mail. Our e-mail address is tlv[at]tolkien.hu. Questions and comments are always welcome. We are happy to answer all your questions about the competition—except disclosing the solutions of the actual tasks.
There will be no prizes in the international category, only the public announcement of your achievement and a certificate sent by e-mail. There is no registration fee, either.

 

If you want to participate, please fill in this online registration form. The application deadline is:


29 of October, 2017



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Talks with Tolkien artists: Mysilvergreen

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 9, 2017, 3:22 AM


After a longer pause, my little daughter allowed me some time for another talk :)
:iconmysilvergreen: - Mysilvergreen started posting her gorgeous detailed Silmarillion illustrations not long ago. Here is a talk with her, and a sample from her watch-worthy gallery.

Nargothrond - the Hidden Kingdom of Finrod by Mysilvergreen
Miriel by Mysilvergreen The Rescue of Maedhros by Mysilvergreen
... by Mysilvergreen
Ecthelion and Earendil by Mysilvergreen In the Armoury by Mysilvergreen

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

Hello there! I have to apologize for my English before we start.
My name is Anna, I'm from Russia. I live in a small town near the mountains. I’ve been working as a teacher in a children's art school, so I seem to get on well with children. And worse with adults :) (Smile)

2. What brought you to deviantArt and how did you pick your username?

I came to DA without a special purpose a few years ago, but I actively started using my account last year, when most of my Silmarillion’s pictures were made, and I wanted to post them somewhere, because the world must see that :) (Smile)
Concerning Mysilvergreen - I just like this combination of colors, and I wanted my username to hint at a certain connection with the visual arts.

3. How did you enter Tolkien's world for the first time, and what impression did it leave in you?


It was long before the films were released - I found the book "The Lord of the Rings” and read it, but then it seemed to me just an entertainment, because I had never been a fan of fantasy. At that time I was impressed only by the fact that the author, while creating the novel, wasn't lazy to invent a whole language for his characters.
A couple of years later I read “The Silmarillion”, and then that story of the Lord of the Rings suddenly acquired such depth and meaning which I couldn't even suspect. Everything became clear, where all the characters came from: Valar, Maiar, elves, dwarves, hobbits, and what a long prehistory they all had. It resembled the Scandinavian legends that I adored in childhood, and even exalted and affecting language of the narrative was full of charm. To cut it short, I was dazed on the spot with that book. And I still adore “The Silmarillion”.
As for my pictures I started illustrating Tolkien’s books by accident. I've always been interested in such pictures from other artists, but I never drew them. I believed so many people had been doing it perfectly so what could I do new? But one day I painted pictures of Sauron and Thranduil as a gift. The drawing process was an indescribable pleasure for me, and I decided just to keep drawing and having fun as long as possible :) (Smile)

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?

As I was acquainted with books before the screen versions, I had a definite image of main characters long before. And it's time to face the truth and admit that I liked just a few actors in the films: Sam, Boromir, Theoden, Galadriel, Arwen in LOTR, and Bilbo (wonderful Bilbo!), Thranduil and Smaug in “Hobbit”. Gollum was stunning everywhere! I liked them very much but they didn’t replace my own imagination. The others didn’t meet my perceptions of the characters so much that they couldn’t influence me at all. :) (Smile)
“The Hobbit” always seemed to me a childish book and I read it just before the movie was released to find out how far PJ would go from the plot. I’m afraid that the changes in the plot and clichés spoiled the impression of the film. And I have to remark: Galadriel-terminator carrying Gandalf in her arms and Tauriel with her whole storyline – it was just a catastrophe :) (Smile)
Despite this, all six films are still a gift for me because the film artists’ work is wonderful. There're plenty to see, even if you don’t really like the actors: luxurious shooting, excellent costumes, and stunning locations: Shire, Rivendell, Minas-Tirith, Argonath, Rohan, Osgiliath - my God, Osgiliath was just marvelous, Dale, Mirkwood. Well, all the cities and landscapes in the films, existing or painted, still amaze me.
Nevertheless I try not to use images from the films in my pictures, firstly it’s pointless because obvious, secondly it’s much more interesting to think up something new, and I highly appreciate it from other artists.

5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than beletry. Do you let that discourage you or not? How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth?

Unfortunately I’m not a great connoisseur of Tolkien, but just a fan. My knowledge of Middle-earth is limited with books that have been translated into Russian, and sketchy texts found on the Internet. And now we got to my worst nightmare: I imagine some true expert of Tolkien looking at my picture and commenting on something like: “Hey, dude, everything was quite different there” :) (Smile)
The literary manner of Tolkien sounds delightful in Russian, thanks to the translators, that’s why I never was embarrassed by his manner, I even like it. And to great pity I don't read texts in the original unless if they are very short because of great amount of time that it'd take with my level of English.

6. Who is your favorite Tolkien character and why?

I think it’s obvious that I adore the story of Gondolin and its inhabitants, and I hope to return to it in future. And I've already painted all the most favorite characters of mine at least once. It's predictable but I like good elven guys :) (Smile)
Glorfindel is one of the first elves the reader meets in LOTR - it's like a light touch to wonderful elves’ world. His fair appearance in combination with his great and not always joyful experience and memory seems very impressive to me. I love Ecthelion, because he always fights in the forefront, although being a man of art, not a war. Finrod is just a saint, it’s impossible not to love him. Fingon is a knight without fear and reproach. They are all alone, because there are things more important for them than love - freedom, dignity, responsibility, although being alone is contrary to the elven nature. Turgon, the creator of Gondolin, managed to collect around himself such outstanding personalities and couldn't leave the creation of his hands even at the cost of his death. All of them are good, they all have an unconditional willingness to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others. And they are completely devoid of arrogance towards other races, than many of the elves sin.
This is just my personal sympathy for them, as if they lived by my side. But my willing to draw don't depend on the character's merits. I'm interested in drawing everything and everyone. I can't even say: I'll never paint that person, because I don't like him :) (Smile)

7. 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'm a professional artist, specializing in graphics, I started painting as a child, and passed through an art school and an art faculty of the university. I like realistic art, and try to stick to it in my pictures. I love the early Renaissance, especially the northern one, when realism was just arising. I’m fond of the old illustrators - Arthur Rakham, John Bauer, etc. But I like other approaches to visual art - expressionism, for example. And a lot of contemporary artists make very interesting pieces; there is always someone worthy of admiration.
My traditional drawing is black and white compositions of the old city, still lifes from old objects and so on - I love retro in many of its manifestations, and I use traditional graphic materials with toned or black paper.
But all that I do since I’ve got a tablet is like a complete different way of expressing myself through bright, multicolored stories, and Tolkien's world is so good for that – every artist could find something for himself he like best - battles and warriors or a peaceful quiet life, villains or good guys.

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

I don’t choose them deliberately, they just occur to my mind on their own. And when I've got a basic idea, I can only decide how to show the character most expressively, where to place him or her, what colors are better to use. Everything, even the small details are important for emotional component. Reflecting on the characters and their everyday life I often feel a fascination with this imaginary world, and not specific scenes from the book but events that only could happen arise as idea for drawing in my mind. Nothing important - some small moments of happiness, you know, like Ecthelion when he's larking with little Eӓrendil or strolling with Glorfindel. I hope such pieces make the characters closer and dearer not only for me but for viewers as well.

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


I like to read and watch movies, but I haven’t tried to make a fan art yet. Maybe because I want to come up with something of my own... And the most inspiring thing for me is music so I’ve been listening a lot. It’s Afro celt sound system, Secret Garden, Clannad, E.S.Posthumus, Delerium, Chicane, Hevia, Annie Lennox, Queen, Sting, Daft Punk, Röyksopp – mostly new age/instrumental with inclusions of soundtracks, pop, rock, electronic ets. Music is an important part of my life as well.

11. You often use a challenging perspective, especially when drawing architecture. Is there some specific reason for this?

Well, to tell the truth, I seriously used a perspective only in a few works, when it seemed to me that an unusual point of view could make the composition more interesting and complicated, and make viewers feel on character's place as it was with Gondolin and Nargothrond, and with the death of Fingolfin. And sometimes I want to challenge difficulties as an artist ;) (Wink)

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


If someone needs advice from me on a particular picture, you may contact me, I'll be glad to help. Otherwise it’s rather vague and mindless to give universal advice for everyone, a kind of "Don’t be afraid to experiment" :) (Smile)

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

my first experience of mass drawing armor
The Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Mysilvergreen

- a picture that fits your current mood?

because the winter is coming ;) (Wink)
Winter evening by Mysilvergreen

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

too many buildings…
Hurin and Huor are landing in Gondolin by Mysilvergreen

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

be ready to meet magic everywhere
Turgon and Finrod on the bank of Sirion by Mysilvergreen

15. 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 don’t spend much time on DA and probably don’t know much, if you don’t mind, could I change the request a bit and just add pictures to illustrate the answer?
I like people who are passionately fond of Tolkien, but nevertheless treat their hobby easy enough to joke about it. I really like these amusing pieces so I hope you will have fun too!

Éowyn and the Witch-King by Jason Pruett
s020.radikal.ru/i715/1508/0a/4…
Eowyn by MirachRavaia

Sauron and Carcharoth by unknown artist (if someone knows it, please notify me)
tolkienists.ru/_ph/2/906724852…
Melkor by MirachRavaia

Little Smaug by ginnabean(?)
static.diary.ru/userdir/1/4/1/…
Smaug by MirachRavaia

Battle of the Pelennor Fields by scott c.
i.imgur.com/fguba.jpg
Pelennor by MirachRavaia

Galadriel and hobbits by Beka Duke (@thedrawingduke)
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Galadriel by MirachRavaia


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

Tolkien's Legendarium now is a big part of my life, and I'm glad to share this wonderful world with all of you. I highly appreciate your attention to my pictures. Thank you for everything!

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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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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