Due to the continuing submission of deviations with SLASH or GENDER-BENDER content, we would like to remind all our members that neither of those two categories are accepted.
This has nothing to do with our personal views on the matter, but with canon-compliance. The club already has a category, AU, were members are given plenty of leeway to explore The Silmarillion legendarium in ways that can diverge from canon to a certain extent. However, we find certain categories such as Slash or Gender-bender to be too remote from Canon to be part of the club's gallery. There are other Middle-earth/Tolkien-related groups here on dA that will accept that content and add it to their galleries.
Please, continue to check our Art Submission Guidelines for reference before submitting your artwork, and do not hesitate to drop us a line if you have any doubt.
Thanks.
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Evil-Shieldmaiden Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018
To those who are complaining: Canon, is to a great extent, based the authors writings: books, articles and letters; as well as the biographical information we have on the author.  Using those dictates, one must consider that Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic, of the late 19th/early 20th Century persuasion and, as a such, would never have contemplated. much less written about, or drawn, what is referred to in the 21st Century as "slash".  These topics considerations would have contravened his traditional catholic sensibilities.

Having been a watcher of this group for several years,  I appreciate the dedication the moderators have displayed in maintaining the traditional canon as laid out in the book. 
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EEHills Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have thought slash would be ok in the AU folder, given all the other VERY non-canon things that show up there.

There's also the fact that there are individuals such as Beorn or Sauron who can and do change their shape in the canon. Saying Sauron can change his form at will to wolf or vampire, but must always be depicted as male, seems a little strange to me. I bet at least one maia has switched gender temporarily in the eons of their existance, simply from curiosity and because they could.
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I think this is very wrong of you to do. The Silmarillion legendarium is full of beings that are shapeshifters or are magical in some way and that means they can assume any form they like. Gender-bend in this case is way closer to canon than many AUs that you allow, and so are same sex relationships. Please reconsider this ruling because it comes off as intolerant and unjust. Imposing a ban on some very lewd submissions is perfectly understandable, but do not cut off an entire branch of fan creativity because of what seems to be an unfounded personal bias despite you trying to pass it as canon-compliance issue instead. You used to allow these kind of tasteful submissions to the AU folders. So why are you changing that now?
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SkyJynx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I have to wonder how modern AUs and gangster AUs aren't 'too far from canon' but two elves of the same sex kissing is.
Unless of course the argument is that Tolkien never explicitly wrote homosexual content ( which is what the term 'slash' generally refers to, so please do correct me if I'm misunderstanding that ), in which case I would like to point out firmly that the man was influenced by the time during which he wrote, at which point homosexuality was still considered a mental disorder and grounds for being placed in an asylum, and to reject all potentially slash based submissions based solely on that is, in fact, perpetuating the already rampant homophobia in this fandom using the same excuse as everyone else doing the same- 'Tolkien didn't write it, so it can't exist!'. 

I would also like to point out that, as someone who has searched extensively for any potentially Silmarillion related group- there are, in fact, not other Middle-Earth/Tolkien-related groups that accept queer/slash content which also accept Silm content. There are only about 10 groups which accept Silmarillion content on DA in total ( most of which have been inactive since 2013-2014 and contain less than 10 members ), and nearly all of them have this homophobic rule.

As someone who finds queer representation in fandom vital, I beg you to reconsider this course, as it is something that drives people away from loving what is an unquestionably beautiful story.
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!
:iconthelotrclub: accepts all Tolkien-inspired art including the Silmarillion, and our only rule is against porn/untasteful sexual content, so slash is fine as long as it is not too explicit.
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SkyJynx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Okay that is a big relief to hear! I might suggest making that somewhat clear in the journal post, as it definitely gave the impression that absolutely all slash-like content was unacceptable! I also do apologize if my response came across as harsh- there has been a rash of groups establishing or altering rules to be clearly anti-lgbtq in the past month and I was truly terrified that this one was joining that trend.
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Just to be clear: I am talking about my group TheLotrClub, not the Silmarillion group to which this journal belongs.
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SkyJynx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Ah, my apologies, I can often mix things up when reading on mobile! I'm off the blasted device now, thankfully.

I think I was a part of your group on my previous account, and for whatever reason forgot to re-join when I made a new one, actually, so thank you for bringing it up!!
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Aartipereira Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student General Artist
What do you mean by SLASH
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   Digital Artist
From Wikipedia - Slash fiction is a genre of fan fiction that focuses on interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_fi…
In our case it would be Maedhros/Fingon or Morgoth/Sauron to name the two of the most popular shippings in the Silmarillion fandom.
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