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The Rules

Hello there, and welcome to the Lord of the Rings Fan Club on dA. This club has been running for four years and counting, and is my biggest deviantArt accomplishment to date. I never dreamed when I started this club as a dA page in High School that we would have over 100 members, let alone more than 2,200, so a big thank you to our members and contributors for making that happen. I'd like to get you all started with a set of rules to follow, when being an active member of the club and submitting work.

RULES FOR JOINING
:bulletyellow: Anyone and Everyone who is a fan of Tolkien's Middle-Earth related work is welcome to join. The only pre-requisite is that you are a fan.
:bulletorange: To join, simply hit the "join" button. Can't find it? Send a note to the founder/Co-founders to receive an invite.
:bulletblack: All of our members are kind, polite people. I would ask that you treat fellow members and contributors with respect. Please do not leave any rude or spiteful comments on the club page, in the club gallery, or on any member's deviations. This will not be tolerated. We'd like it if you didn't leave any such comments ANYWHERE on dA, but that's not our choice. Nevertheless, it won't be tolerated here.

:bulletwhite: The first violation of this rule will be a verbal warning.
:bulletwhite: The second violation of this rule will be suspension from club activity for three weeks, and automatic disqualification from our next contest.
:bulletwhite: The third violation of this rule will be removal from the club. You will not be allowed to re-join.

:bulletyellow: The club moderators reserve the right to decline any request to join, or to remove any member of the club for rude behavior. We will not accept rude, demanding request to join, and we will not tolerate the mistreatment of other members.
:bulletorange: Any persistence of bad behavior and rude, offensive commenting on the page or on deviations will result in the offender being reported directly to deviantART for misconduct.
:bulletblack: Anyone who responds to rude behavior with rude behavior of their own will be punished as well. Do not respond to rude behavior, please. Report it to a group moderator, and to a member f the dA staff.

RULES FOR SUBMITTING

:bulletyellow: The work in question MUST be your own. We will not accept art that has been done by someone else, that you claim as your own. We only accept art that is done by you. You acknowledge that, when submitting, the work you are submitting was drawn, painted, written, made, photographed, etc. by you. We also do NOT accept Doll Generators. If it is discovered that the work is stolen, you will only get one warning before you are removed.
:bulletwhite: The first violation of this rule will result in suspension of group activities, such as submitting art and writing for three weeks, as well as disqualification from our next contest.
:bulletwhite: The second violation of this rule will result in removal from the group. You will not be allowed to rejoin.

:bulletorange: You will only be allowed to submit a maximum of three deviations per day. This will ensure that our members are not overwhelmed with notifications, and that there's something new to see every day.
:bulletblack: We DO allow crossover pictures, however, Tolkien's characters MUST be the main focus. Examples of things we will NOT accept:
-The Golden Trio from Harry Potter hanging out with Frodo (one Tolkien character vs. three from another work)
-A 30 character piece of art, with characters from 15 other works, featuring only Merry and Pippin. (two Tolkien characters vs. 28 characters from other series)
-A character from a different series dressed as a LotR/Hobbit/Silmarillion character.
-"Modernized" versions of Tolkien characters (the only exception will be if we are able to CLEARLY tell which character/characters they're supposed to be without aid from description or title.)

:bulletyellow: We also do not allow submitted pictures/screencaptures of the characters or actors that you've found on Google, MSN, Tumblr, etc. We do NOT accept Doll Generators.
:bulletorange: We do not accept work done of actors from the series. While they have played these characters, the work is not of the character itself, and we will not accept it.
:bulletblack: We DO accept memes and photo-manipulations. HOWEVER, we will not accept poorly done/rushed work. We're not going to accept something with MS Paint text slapped onto it, or a photo-manipulation that looks like it took five minutes. This rule applies to writing as well.
:bulletyellow: All submissions MUST be appropriate to post on deviantART, and additionally we ask that they be kept PG-13, keeping in mind that we do have some younger members.

ON SUBMITTING ORIGINAL CHARACTERS
This group DOES allow the submission of works involving Original Characters, or OCs, but only under these conditions:

:bulletorange:- Your character must be strictly a Tolkien based character. Unfortunately, we do not allow crossover characters, or one single character that you use as an OC for all of your fandoms. The reasoning for this is to prevent confusion.
:bulletblack: Please try to keep your character believable to the Tolkien universe. No time travelers, girls who got sucked into the book, etc. please.
:bulletyellow: Your character must be depicted as believable to the Tolkien universe. We will not accept a picture of a girl with long blonde hair and pointed ears in blue jeans and a tee shirt. Please depict your character in traditional Tolkien costuming. Don't worry about skill level, here. We don't judge based upon your drawing skills, as long as we can tell you put effort into it, which the vast majority do.

If you have any questions or are unsure when submitting a deviation, please contact Schreibertooth

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:iconnoirramoss:
Noirramoss Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone here has Twitter account(s)? For now, I really want to follow the dA artists of any kind of arts. If you have one or more, please tell me and I'll follow you immediately.
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Unreal-Forever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the request of my drawing of Smaug :icondragonnod2:
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spykillers Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Writer
To whom it may concern, I've been a LOTR fan for decades, read the books n the '60s, and saw the movies when they came out in the theatre. I've never been one to take someone else's stories and make a character up to be an original to someone else's work, but when I watched The Fellowship of the Ring years back, I saw Frodo dancing the night away at Bilbo's party with an attractive Hobbit. Hence I created the girl waiting forever for him Crissie Bigglebops.

To make a long story short, I don't know if you would accept such a character into your group. Was just wondering. Bruce M.

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:iconmelalina:
Melalina Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
I don't remember if I answered this, but I'll do it now.

Your idea is acceptable as long as the story/artwork is recognizable as being in the Tolkien universe. I've perused your gallery, and it seems to be pretty far from Tolkien stuff. Whatever, we won't kill you for submitting.
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spykillers Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Writer
In my previous note I said I had invented 'a' character that was a Hobbit. Only one posting not my gallery. It was just an inquiry, yay or nay its all good.

Bruce M.
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Melalina Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
As long as Crissie is not alone. She must be accompanied by other familiar Middle Earth inhabitants.
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spykillers Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Writer
Ahh, okay. Thank you very much for the reply :)
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ghollum Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
thanks for adding my cavetroll.
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:iconamkingdom:
AMKingdom Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Hello my friends! I really love Lord of the Rings movies (yeah, all about Tolkien I love)! This group is amazing, 'cause in this gallery we can find beautiful arts. If you're interested you can join my group about many other good movies. Check this out:BestMovies
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LifesaDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thanks for accepting me in your group! :D
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