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What do you fear? The break of October and November is traditionally a time of Halloween and spooky tales, and so our November theme shall be Fear.

In a child's room under the bed, with a mysterious sound in an empty house, with a cold touch in the darkness, with the look at the number of enemies before the battle - fear can lurk in many places and have many forms.

It can take the form of a phobia - an extreme or irrational fear of something. It can be just a little nervousness, anxiety, but it can grow to panic. Some give in to the fear and let it control their actions. Some resist it, like Aragorn on the Paths of the Dead.

The fear of something can be great, but there is another fear that is often deeper - fear for someone or something. Only someone who has nothing to lose can be truly fearless. Have no fear of entering this challenge with your story or picture though!

For the general rules about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, check our rules page on the Teitho website!

We only have one story this month:

The Mother by Amaranth Carlton 1st place :trophy:

... which automatically became the winner of this challenge. So instead of voting, please take THIS SURVEY and help us make Teitho better!

Happy reading!

Your Teitho-moderator,
With fewer writers and voters taking part in the contest, we are standing at metaphorical crossroads. Please, take a moment of time to fill in THIS SURVEY to help us make Teitho better!

And while we are deciding our future direction, let's have a challenge to reminisce the past! This December we have a Joker theme.

Like in a game of cards, you can use the Joker card to replace any other, now you can pick any of the past challenges that stir your imagination and write a story for it. You can finally write that story you wanted to write for that challenge once, but didn't have time for it, or write a story for some of the challenges that Teitho had before you even knew about its existence! Please include the title of the challenge you used with your story.

The deadline for both the survey and this challenge is December 31st - it's already extended to so you have more time to write between the holidays.

For the general rules about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, check our rules page on the Teitho website!
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.

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,

Big news from Middle-earth

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 15, 2017, 9:23 AM

There have been some very interesting news concering Tolkien Estate and a new adaptation of the events preceding the book/movie trilogy in a TV series:
(click the links to read more in the original articles)

:bulletblue: In historic move, Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

:bulletblue: Lord of the Rings TV series gets multi-season order at Amazon

:bulletblue: Content of Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series not so mysterious after all

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
Autumn is here. If you imagine living in Middle-earth, it's the time of gathering fruits and preparing supplies for winter. That's why it's also a time of hunts. Our October topic is therefore Hunt.

Who is the hunter and who is the hunted? That's the question you will have to solve in your story. You can write about hunting animals, but also Orcs or other evil creatures, or something more abstract, like information or knowledge.

But you can also write about being hunted - by enemies? Or maybe by suitors? The topic can be as sinister or as humorous as you make it.

For the first time in the history of Teitho, we have no entries for this month's challenge. So instead of voting, please consider sharing your ideas about how the contest could be improved. Would you like another type of challenges? Or should the contest be bi-monthly, so you have more time to write? Anything else you would like to change? Send your ideas to

Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,

Talks with Tolkien artists: Kaprriss

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 27, 2017, 9:19 AM

"Dark beauty" is the expression that comes to mind when describing the gallery of :iconkaprriss: - Kaprriss. The Elves in her pictures are beautiful, the Evil is beautiful, even pain and death is beautiful. Take a look:

Ar-Pharazon and Tar-Miriel by Kaprriss The dance of Luthien by Kaprriss
Ambarussa by Kaprriss Thrandiel by Kaprriss
Sauron the Dark Lord by Kaprriss The Last Ork by Kaprriss

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

Hello!)) My name is Anastasia Znamenska. I'm from Moscow.) But often I live in fantasy worlds.) It's like my own museum of wax figures, you know… they move in my mind and talk… And that's why I began to draw. It was impossible not to bring this shapes to life…)

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

Once I felt that I was ready to begin to shape my art and needed this. So, I create acc in Dev. And my username… One of my first nicknames in one MMORPG project was Kapriss. But this name was occupied. I didn't think too much and wrote Kaprriss.))

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

When I was a child I read the book “The Lord of the Rings”. It left some different emotions in me. Of course I was impressed by the world and characters and the scale of the world! But the language looked hard and phrases and descriptions seemed too long. But I fell in love with elves, magic, and… Sauron of course!)))

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 said earlier at first I read the Books. But I was little… The movies I saw when I became older. So, I loved all the actors and scenes, and didn't feel any dissonance. I can say more: I prefer PJ's films, not books. I love the way PJ made them. And I think it's very important to show to the world some “different view”. His work is awesome.

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?

My knowledge isn't perfect, but not bad)) I need to know this theme for drawing and discussing the artworks)) But you're right. Silmarillion is a hard book, it looks for me only like a history annal in general.)

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

Sauron of course! His beautiful image based on the fanfiction and fans' fantasy, I remember. But.. not only. Who made a mess with the Nazgul and the Ring and made the Middle earth move actively! xD
He is a great dark lord for me.
Maia Mairon by Kaprriss

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?

It's a simple, but hard question at the same time… I didn't learn drawing at university. All by myself only. It was my hobby for a long time. But now drawing is my job. Main and only. And my hobby too… I try to draw “for the soul” as much as I can.
I was fond of drawing since school. My favorite artist at that period of time was Leonid Afremov. I began to draw seriously 5 years ago, I was stunned by Nanfe artworks. They turned something in me… later it was Anastasia Cemetery. Very talented artists, I love their art!

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

At some moment I feel something. and feel that I must visualize it. Or someone asks about commission, and if I feel what to draw I start…)

9. You Tolkien illustrations are a celebration of beauty - not only the one of Elves, but also the Dark lords and Orcs are beautiful in your pictures. Do you pick your motives and poses with this intention?

Thank you! You are very kind to me) Of course yes... I see character's beauty and want everybody to see it by my eyes…))

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

Oh really gorgeous and awesome books (and game) “The Witcher”. I`ve left a big part of my heart in it xD I haven`t drawn anything on this theme but I`ll find time and do. I want!))
And “Drezden files”. I love this books very much. And I see some pieces of them in my art…

11. 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 always try something new. I don't have favorite art technique and I can't say that know much about them. I love different Impressionist arts most of all.)

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

I think – no xD Every artist has his own tricks and they let the magic live in their works…)

13. You often take commissions for fanfiction illustrations. What is your opinion on fanfiction? Do you have to like the story to take such a commission, or is it even to you?

Unfortunately I don't know English as well as it can be comfortable for reading fanfics(( It`s my pain, yes. I`m only in the process of learning it. And I have too little time. So I have a folder with “ fics to read”)) And I`m sure someday I'll be able. But now I have to draw without reading anything more than summary…)

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

- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

 It`s old and not ideal, I know. But one of my favorite. I tried something new, tried to show “the other” Melk. And I could! xD
Melkor by Kaprriss

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

It`s an original picture) But one of pictures where I showed some “Dresden files”))
Faery by Kaprriss

- a picture that fits your current mood?

This one. instead of a thousand words…
Blade Dance by Kaprriss

- a picture that was hardest to paint?

There I tried steam-punk theme. And found that to draw all this mechanics is a real challenge! xD
Steam Angel by Kaprriss

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

This one. It`s one of my favorite themes – machines and soul… It captured me and I want you to join me)
Robot by Kaprriss

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 family, of course. My boyfriend`s criticism is priceless. And each who wants to work with me and loves my art… thanks to everyone!

16. 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?

For example, this artist. :iconelmishkn: -… He draws wonderful portraits!

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

Take care….) See you in our fandom and my gallery! xD

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

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