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"NEVER SEEN BEFORE" - big Tolkien themed contest

I recently got a comment on my art which made me realize that there are many scenes and characters in Tolkien's book which almost never get illustrated, while you can find hundreds of illustrations for others. Just a few examples would be
- the events during the Scouring of the Shire
- the Ringbearers arriving and living in Valinor
- Galadriel living in Eregion or passing through Moria to Lórien
- Pippin exploring Minas Tirith with Bergil
- the "lesser known" kings of Gondor and Númenor and Chieftains of Dúnedain
- Túrin attacking Glaurung in front of Nargothrond's gates BEFORE the dragon's look paralyzed him
For this contest, you need to find one that you have NEVER seen illustrated before. I won't give you more examples so you can think of your own, but feel free to use these as well. You do not need to have a thorough knowledge of the books, you can just open them at any page and see if you can find a scene you haven't seen depicted before. There is a big chance you will find one soon. Think also of the fact that even the often painted scenes have "before" and "after" that get almost never depicted.


- Illustrate a scene or character from any of the books written by Tolkien that has, to your knowledge, never been illustrated before. Do a google search for it to assure about that. Maybe somewhere there is some picture of it, but if you tried and did not find it, it is "never seen before" to you, and that's what counts. If you would like to paint a rarely seen character, but already saw that character painted, you just need to pick another scene with him.

- Unlike in our past contest "Between the lines", the scene HAS to be depicted in the books, or character mentioned by name. It's best if you provide the quote from the books you used.You can base the scene on any short mention you find, like, for example "1463 - Faramir Took marries Goldilocks, daughter of Samwise" in the appendices.

- DEADLINE: March 31st

- 1 entry per participant

- Only entries submitted AFTER the contest announcement will be accepted (as others have already been seen before, logically... ;))

- The "never seen before" does not apply to pictures posted after the contest announcement. If you already started working on your entry, and someone posts an illustration of the same scene on deviantart or in some other corner of internet after that, or you suddenly find one you could not find before, it's alright. If something like that happens, you can mention it in the comments, but certainly won't be disqualified for it.

- It you are not sure about a scene you would like to pick, you can comment and ask about it. You can also comment and "claim" a particular scene, in case you want to prevent others from painting the same, as slim as that chance is.

Submit your entry to the contest folder in any of the participating groups:

:iconthelotrclub: - One of the biggest Tolkien themed groups, hosting a regular interview series "Talks with Tolkien artists"
:iconelves-of-tolkien: - All of Tolkien's Elves and everything related to them in one place, but we accept other Middle-earth related art as well.
:iconarda-inspired: - If you like reading, writing and illustrating fanfiction, as well as interesting monthly challenges, this is a group for you!
:iconthranduilfans: - Group dedicated to the great elvenking Thranduil to honor this beautifull being with all kinds of art.
:iconthehobbitfans: - Hello! We're a Hobbit themed dA group, collecting beautiful art based on the book and films.
:iconshadowsofmiddleearth: - A  group dedicated to the darker side of Tolkien's world.
:iconlord-of-the-rings-fc: - A group focused on celebrating the world of Middle Earth as envisioned by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Submitting to more groups is alright, as well as submitting to the contest folder of just one group, and to regular folders in others. All pictures in all contest folders will be gathered together for judging at the end of the contest.
Note that some of the groups might have restrictions about the pictures they accept. Refer to the general group rules to see if your picture is acceptable in a particular group (e.g. not submitting a Hobbit themed picture to a Silmarillion themed group and vice versa).

If you are not a member of any of the participating groups, you can still submit your art to the contest folder of TheLotRClub, which will be open for all contest entries from all deviantart members.
Do you know / are you an admin of a group that would like to participate and I didn't ask you? Send a note tp MirachRavaia and your group will be included!


1st place:
- a hand-painted t-shirt by MirachRavaia…
- a print of a map of Beleriand by Sirielle
- bust of a single character from Grim-Grinning
- a traditional drawing commission from SkyKly
- "deviation of the week" feature in TheHobbitFans

2nd place:
- a Middle-earth themed spoon by MirachRavaia Middle-earth spoons

3rd place:
- a Middle-eartth themed art request by MirachRavaia

All places:
- The Lord of the Rings audiobook
- The Complete Songs & Poems collection by Tolkien Ensamble
- points distributed from the donation pool in Dreams-of-Arda's profile in a 4:3:2 pattern
- Thranduil papercraft sword from MorellAgrysis
- an art request from Reikiwie
- a feature by the participating groups and:
- llamas

- by a jury consisting of the admins of participating groups
(Judges can take part in the contest, but not vote for their own entry)

Supporting groups (not participating in the contest):

- Frodo putting the Ring on before Tom Bombadil - Ainwen27
- Idril's prophetic dream - NOLANOS
- Sauron's arrival to Númenor - Yayenia
- Melkor in love with Varda - MorellAgrysis
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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.

: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.


: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.

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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Vandixor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hello, I was wondering, do you accept player characters from the game Lord of The Rings Online like my Borning WIP?…
Thanks in advance
Schreibertooth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
As long as they follow the rules and guidelines, yes.
Vandixor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
ok, thanks
KILLthatThing Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Hi guys! 

Made a Walking Dead Trailer in LOTR?Hobbit style..
Appreciate it if you like/comment the video on YouTube! :)…
KILLthatThing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Made another Hobbit Trailer in LOTR style.. This time it is a TV spot of 30 sec's.. Appreciate it if you guys like/comment on YT ;D Thanks!…
IceFlakee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for adding me :iconcocoloveplz:
trecegato Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
How do I upload something to this folder?
Melalina Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
If you've figured it out already, disregard this reply. Otherwise, tell me what you're having problems with.
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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