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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 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:The rest of Arda: because I hate declining pictures...

: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!



:bulletgreen: - Lord of the Rings section and Silmarillion section
:bulletgreen: Stories of Arda
:bulletgreen: The Silmarillion Writers' Guild


Gallery Folders

Fallen Fire by annamare
Innocence by annamare
Ruins of Annuminas: a valley to be exalted by Drollittle
Capture - Arwen's Heart by rstrider9
fanfiction stories

Mature Content

Ex Cineribus Ignis Surgetur by Whytegriffin
humourous and crack fanfics
Brotherly love I by Hemhet
Brotherly love II by Hemhet
Brotherly love III by Hemhet
Brotherly love IV by Hemhet
fanfiction illustrations
Young Elf by sstefiart
Shadow of Mordor - fanfic sketch compilation by P-JoArt
Finarfin in black by Sirielle
Nerdanel (HoF) by Sirielle
Between the lines
Fingon with Falcon by Venlian
Sam's garden on Tol Eressea by MirachRavaia
Western Fantasy Challenge: Celeborn by ShizukaxxxSecret
Trees of Valinor inspired pendant by jessy25522
Feanor. Birthday. by Irsanna
Innocence by annamare
Fallen Fire by annamare
First meeting by AncaXBre
Maglor at Formenos by victoriaclare
Arwen's cap by MirachRavaia
Tinfang Warble in autumn by MirachRavaia
Finrod reborn by Dreams-of-Arda
Between the lines CONTEST
The Hero by Starspirit42
Girly games by MirachRavaia
The Turquiose and the Burgundy by hallosse
Elves in Andunie by MatejCadil
Never seen before - contest
Goldberry's Feast by MoonlightPrincess
An Elven Wedding - Elrond and Celebrian by Faerietopia
The rest of Arda
Elven ranger professional shoot -XIII by ArwendeLuhtiene


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We collect art inspired by Tolkien fanfiction, and encourage artists to illustrate fanfiction stories
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Talk with Tolkien artists: Madlore

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 15, 2019, 12:42 PM

:iconmadlore: - Madlore has been on deviantart for 12 years, but only started posting most of her Tolkien fanart last year. Since then, her gallery is filling with pictures of mostly Valar and Maiar, and if you watch her, you can always expect a new one very soon. Here are just a few:

Manwe Sulimo by Madlore Elrond by Madlore
Manwe and Melkor by Madlore
Aule by Madlore Vaire by Madlore
Olorin and Aiwendil by Madlore Caranthir by Madlore

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

I do not know how to talk about myself, because I am an ordinary person.
I'm a librarian. I love books and cats. I collect dolls. I draw a lot. =) (Smile)

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

At first I just looked at the photos of the dolls. And my username remains from that hobby.

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

I read The Hobbit and the first book of the Lord of the Rings when I was a child. But the translation of the second and third books was not published then. It simply could not be read. Yes, I am so old, I remember these prehistoric times :) (Smile) Dissatisfied curiosity was my first feeling for the world of Tolkien.
I was in love with Middle-earth and really wanted to know the continuation of the story.
Since then, I love Elrond and Glorfindel. In my imagination, they are not at all like the elves I see in the work of other people. They are such .. Such .. Magic. :) (Smile)

4. What creates the image of Middle-earth in your mind? Is it more influenced by the books or movies, or maybe other artists, and did it change over time or remained the same?

My image of Middle-earth was formed in childhood, as a collective image of the books of Tolkien and many stories about the people of hollow hills. Now the image of the world has become, perhaps, darker. In childhood, faith in the victory of good over evil is stronger :) (Smile)
The film version for me is a completely different story, not about my Middle-earth. Although I like it very much.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?
Manwe. Why?.. :-? (Confused) How can you not love him? Heart

Untitled by Madlore

7. Are there some topics in Tolkien's works that you are particularly passionate about?

Ainur. The Curse of Mandos. Istari

8. 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 is my hobby. I start to draw when a story fascinates me and I certainly need to express my feelings, but words are not enough. If emotions can be expressed in words, I do not draw :) (Smile)

I am inspired by ancient sculpture and classical painting, because I draw gods and heroes ;-) (Wink)

9. What's your creative process from picking the theme to finishing a picture?

Sometimes there are very thoughtful ideas, several options for sketches, large folders of inspirational and motivating images, but more often it takes less than an hour from a random remark of a friend, a read phrase, a dream, to a finished sketch. Then with this sketch I will sit through the night until dawn ... But in general, it already accurately conveys all that will be in the end.
For example:

inCollage 20190527 200145037 by Madlore

The idea is on the left, the sketch on the right. Drawn overnight :) (Smile)
But: from the idea (miniature) to the result - three months

inCollage 20190527 203948599 by Madlore

10. You only started posting Tolkien fan-art recently, and posted a lot of pictures since then. What gives you this drive/motivation to draw so much of Tolkien's characters?

I want to draw better, and I study. With a teacher, I draw what I need, and this is most often boring. This is useful, but boring. I like the world of Tolkien, drawing something on this subject inspires me and keeps me interested in drawing even boring things :) (Smile)

11. Speaking about characters, you mostly paint Valar and Maiar. What brought your focus to them?

I like gods and heroes! :D (Big Grin)

I am fascinated by the idea of ​​creatures who have connected themselves with the world, who have become part of it from creation to the end, serving not for themselves and their self-expression, but for their great design, creatures of strong, beautiful... And yet vulnerable, deluded, feeling, alive.

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

Everything that makes me feel can inspire drawing. From a recent one - Olga Gromyko’s book “Киборг и его лесник” (Cyborg and his forester) :) (Smile) The cyborg in this book was so amazing that I could not help drawing it! :D (Big Grin)

J-6 by Madlore

13. 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 still draw too little to decide on technique or style. Maybe in six months my gallery will become completely unrecognizable ... And maybe not :) (Smile)

15. Could you tell us, which
- Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
- original picture or picture from other fandom you are most proud of?

I like all the pictures. And when my drawings cease to please me, I redraw them. And I like my drawings again! ;) (Wink)

- picture fits your current mood?

Glau03 by Madlore

- picture was hardest to paint?

Sauron by Madlore

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." — Robert Heinlein.
I started drawing in color and without a contour when I realized that I was tired of drawing many small details :) (Smile)

16. Would you like to thank somebody here? 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 am grateful to everyone who watches my drawings, who writes comments. The support of these people is very important to me. I gladly post my drawings on the deviantart.

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

See you soon! ;) (Wink)

Thank you for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire

Talks with Tolkien artists: rennavedh

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 7, 2019, 12:54 PM

This week, I would like to bring some spotlight to the Russian artist :iconrennavedh: - rennavedh, who paints both characters and landscapes from the First Age of Middle-earth, and her gallery is diveded accordingly: Landscapes of Arda and Silmarillion. Here are just a few examples:

We are back Home, amme... by rennavedh The Grinding of Ice Deep-Sunken - Helcaraxe by rennavedh
Days of Youth - Ethereal Inspiration by rennavedh Nienna Qalme-Tari by rennavedh
Lament for Amrod - Losgar by rennavedh After Dagor Bragollach - Maglor and Maedhros by rennavedh
Nelyafinwe Maitimo. Through the years. by rennavedh

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

Hi! My name is Rina, I am 21 y.o. Presently I am studying at the university and drawing is just my hobby: I was in art class at school, but it did not really affect my abilities. In fact, I acquired all skills personally over a period of years.

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

I started to draw in digital style and want to share my work. I need audience that can assess me and DA is the most appropriate for it. My username was invented for Instagram’s account and later I used it for DA’s account too. “Rennavedh” is name of one character from “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” (it was so random :D (Big Grin)), but the “dh” is allusion to name Tolkien’s characters.

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

I was 14 when I first read all Tolkien’s book and watched movies. What impression did this world leave in me? Hm. I «closed» myself in Arda about six months, was going through a tough time. All beauty, power, unimaginable elaboration of the world became an impulse not only for achievements in drawing - it gave birth to incredible pictures in my mind, but also for overcoming some complexes. Nothing wrong with a bit of escapism, despite what anyone may say.

4. What creates the image of Middle-earth in your mind? Is it more influenced by the books or movies, or maybe other artists, and did it change over time or remained the same?

I have always been very inspired by the works of Elena Kukanova ( and Maria Filatova ( Their works are the level for which I always strive and which inspired me to show my vision of this world. The film has never been a model for me, because at the time of reading the books I was not familiar with Middle-earth (I did not even know if the hobbits would get to the volcano :D (Big Grin)). However, Arda has never changed in my mind, it only grow and is complemented by details. In addition, I draw inspiration from nature; sometimes it is still the greatest impetus to the new work.

5. Some of Tolkien's books can be hard to read, being more of history annals than fiction. Do you enjoy the scholarly side of studying Tolkien's world as well?

In fact, it was the main reason for my passion for Arda. There are many events, detailed moments of culture, language and characters, whose actions affect the whole world. My problem was to find a competent translation into Russian, because some of the names, surnames and names of places were distorted. After three translations, I read “Silmarillion” and “Children of Hurin” in the original. By the way, the Tolkien language is incredibly magical.

6. Who is your favourite Tolkien character and why?

I have several favourite characters, but I can especially highlight Maedhros, Fëanáro, Lúthien from “Silmarillion”, Turin from “Children of Húrin”, and Sam from “The Lord of the Rings”. I appreciate the diverse behavior, ambiguous actions in characters and the development of them. The heroes of Legendarium are similar with heroes of ancient sagas (their actions are generally unchanging and monolithic), despite that their experiences, growth and overcoming the difficulties are noticeable. All characters going through trials, adventures and battles, which make them stronger and develops their attitudes and behaviours, some of them had to sacrifice so that the others could live.

7. Are there some topics in Tolkien's works that you are particularly passionate about?

I like the ideas from “Athrabet Finrod ah Andreth” most of all. The conversation of these characters make to reflect. I always have the feeling as the sand is slipping through my fingers: the truth is out there, but there are no answers to many questions about our life, death and meaning of life.

8. What is your creative process from picking the theme to finishing a picture?

An idea for the drawing usually appears suddenly, I never figure out my work in advance. It is like an insight. I can see clearly the composition, the light, the emotions, and it helps a lot. Drawing takes from several days to 2 weeks, but in general, it takes about 50-80 hours. I start from a sketch, of course. Then I draw all the objects to verify the composition and then work the details. There are no features of creating drawings, except the fact that I carefully selected the name of the work (also to name the .psd file) - I can finally get to work only when it has a title.

9. You paint both landscapes and characters from the Silmarillion. Does your approach to these two kinds of pictures differ?

The approach is the same. But landscapes with characters are painted worse, because I simply have no strength for them after work on all figures and details :D (Big Grin)

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

I really love fantasy books like “The Song of Ice and Fire” or “The Witcher” (also the series of games), novels of Hugo, Remarque, Lem, Marvel’s movies (suddenly), but now I draw only scenes from Silmarillion.

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 am self-taught artist and each drawing represents a new drawing scheme for me. I use the skills, which were acquired earlier, but in general, it is endless process of learning. I also often try different brushes and effects: it helps in digital works to work faster and more accurately and gives textures and volume.

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

Remember. There are no miracles in our world. Work, time, effort – there are layers behind each beautiful drawing. Nothing just happens and every event has some meaning.

13. Could you tell us, which
- Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

Farewell - Aegnor and Andreth by rennavedh

- picture fits your current mood?

Was ich liebe - Loki by rennavedh
No comments.

- picture was hardest to paint?

We are back Home, amme... by rennavedh
Do not ask me why, please :D (Big Grin)

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

The Song of Trust Unbroken - Finrod by rennavedh

Finrod got very little attention from the audience :с

14. Would you like to thank somebody here? 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 want to thank my Mom and friend who always happy with my crooked sketches and is ready to discuss with me «The Avengers Initiative»... ahem, new drawings.

Thank you for your time and answers!

Coding by Felizias Drawings by ebe-kastein Borders by PhoenixWildfire
Banner 01 by MirachRavaia

“The great jewel shone before his feet of its own inner light, and yet, cut and fashioned by the dwarves, who had dug it from the heart of the mountain long ago, it took all light that fell upon it and changed it into ten thousand sparks of white radiance shot with glints of the rainbow.” The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien.

This is Tolkien’s description of the Arkenstone, when Bilbo first finds it in Smaug’s vast hoard. Jewels figure prominently in the works of the Professor—from Fëanor’s famed Silmarils, to the myriad jewels of the Noldor, the famed necklace of the Dwarves--the Nauglamir, and to the incandescent beauty of the Arkenstone of Thror. They hold a spark of their own, an internal flame or light that shines for all to behold.

Our theme for June and July is Spark.

Sparks are also found in Gandalf’s famous fireworks and when he uses his fire skills to fend off the goblins in the Misty Mountains or the wolves when the Company is trapped up in the trees.

We find Trolls kicking the sparks of a fire into Thorin’s face in the Hobbit and Smaug sending sparks of flame flying through the air.

There is the spark that lights Aragorn’s pipe and the embers that spark the flame in the famous Hall of Fire in Rivendell.

Sparks can be physical, as when Gimli uses his skills with tinder and flint to start a flame, or they can be metaphorical—a spark of an idea, a spark of hope, a spark of anger.

Send in your stories of jewels or flames, passions or sentiments—let our theme spark your creativity and share your spark with us. Submissions are due by July 31st!.

Send your entries to The contest is anonymous and the entry can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Please mind our rules when submitting your entries for the contest.

Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderators,
Mirach, Carawyn, Karri, Sian22 and Lotrfan  

Banner 02 by MirachRavaia
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mysteryreason Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you please draw these stories? The first one involves nudity but not in a sexual context. You can censor it if it's a problem. The other ones should be OK:…………
Irsanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for the request!
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.
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.
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.
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
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