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Deadline - March 31st
NEVER SEEN BEFORE - contest"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 the mountains 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

:icontolkienplz: Talks with Tolkien artists - complete listA complete list of all interviews from the "Talks with Tolkien artists" series. It will be updated after each interview posted.

Bullet; Blue with Gold-Seven :iconGold-Seven:

Bullet; Blue with steamey :iconsteamey:

Bullet; Blue with ekukanova :iconekukanova:

Bullet; Blue with Tulikoura :icontulikoura:
Battle of Nanduhirion, part 3 by Tulikoura

Anything Tolkien related is acceptable in the proper folder, with the exception of:
:bulletred: porn/implicit sexual content
:bulletred: doodles, or badly drawn art
:bulletred: wallpapers/photomanips that use screenshots from the movies and other copyrighted material

:icontolkienplz: The individual races: Elves, Men, Dwarves, Wizards, Hobbits, Valar and Maiar
:icontolkienplz: Evil lords - ladies, as well...
:icontolkienplz: Scenes and races together
:icontolkienplz: Other creatures - Gollum, Ents, Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, orcs, dragons etc...
:icontolkienplz: Humour and Chibies
:icontolkienplz: Locations
:icontolkienplz: Literature - includes calligraphy
:icontolkienplz: Artisan Crafts - anything you made by your own hands
:icontolkienplz: Cosplay
:icontolkienplz: Objects - pictures of unanimated objects and artistic photos of LotR merchandise

Don't worry! We don't decline because of this, but go through the folders regularly and move submissions if they are not placed correctly.


Born of Hope…

The Hunt For Gollum…













Journal Entry: Wed Apr 15, 2015, 5:30 AM

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We are proud to announce the winners of our joint contest, held by the groups


The judges considered bot the artistic quality of the work and uniqueness of the theme when voting.

The judges were the admins of the participating groups:

:iconspotlightplz:1st place:iconspotlightplz:

 The Old Forest by Sieskja
The Old Forest

"They picked a way among the trees, and their ponies plodded along, carefully avoiding the many writhing and interlacing roots. There was no undergrowth. The ground was rising steadily, and as they went forward it seemed that the trees became taller, darker, and thicker. There was no sound, except an occasional drip of moisture falling through the still leaves. For the moment there was no whispering or movement among the branches; but they all got an uncomfortable feeling that they were being watched with disapproval, deepening to dislike and even enmity. The feeling steadily grew, until they found themselves looking up quickly, or glancing back over their shoulders, as if they expected a sudden blow."

J.R.R. Tolkien,The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 6 "The Old Forest"

More by Sieskja
Saruman, come forth ! by SieskjaAredhel in the forest of Nan Elmoth by Sieskja
'The mystery of death before us' by SieskjaNimheare and Silas by SieskjaThe Legend of Sauveboeuf by Sieskja

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:iconspotlightplz:2nd place:iconspotlightplz:

Errand-riders in the Night by peet
Errand-riders in the Night

'There was a silence again for a while. Then, 'What is that?' cried Pippin suddenly, clutching at Gandalf's cloak. 'Look! Fire, red fire! Are there dragons in this land? Look, there is another!'
For answer Gandalf cried aloud to his horse. 'On, Shadowfax! We must hasten. Time is short. See! The beacons of Gondor are alight, calling for aid. War is kindled. See, there is the fire on Amon Don, and flame on Eilenach; and there they go speeding west: Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and the Halifirien on the borders of Rohan.'
But Shadowfax paused in his stride, slowing to a walk, and then he lifted up his head and neighed. And out of the darkness the answering neigh of other horses came; and presently the thudding of hoofs was heard, and three riders swept up and passed like flying ghosts in the moon and vanished into the West.'

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Book V, Chapter 1: Minas Tirith

More  by peet
Midsummer's Eve by peetBeren the Solitary Outlaw by peet
 Beorn In Battle by peetFingolfin challenges Morgoth by peetA Vision of Gondolin by peet

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:iconspotlightplz:3rd place:iconspotlightplz:

Nibs Cotton by TolmanCotton
Nibs Cotton

Nibs Cotton defending Rosie and his mother... from Sam. Not that he recognized him immediately, with his finery, chain-mail and all. Rosie did, actually. But then, she had been waiting for him since Spring.

More by TolmanCotton
Lady of the Golden Wood by TolmanCottonRose Cotton by TolmanCotton
The Scouring of the Shire by TolmanCottonThe Crowning of Elessar by TolmanCottonHomeward Bound by TolmanCotton

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:spotlight-left:HONORABLE MENTIONS:spotlight-right:

Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor by neral85
Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor

Atanatar II was the sixteenth king of Gondor. His father Hyarmendacil I had been one of Gondor's greatest Kings, so Atanatar II inherited a powerful empire stretching from the Greyflood to the Sea of Rhûn, and to which even the Men of Umbar and Harad paid homage. The King loved luxury and it was during his reign that the original Crown of Gondor was replaced by a jeweled helm. "Men said precious stones were pebbles in Gondor for children to play with." The wealth and splendour of Atanatar's realm earned him the title Alcarin ('Glorious') but he did little to maintain its strength, and nothing to expand its influence. Thus already during Atanatar's reign, Gondor began to stagnate. Atanatar II ruled Gondor for seventy-seven years, during which the wealth and power created by his father slowly began to wane. He was succeeded by his eldest son Narmacil I.
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Travelling south by RobleskaZeppelin
Travelling south

Elven princess Idril, mortal man Tuor and their half-elven son Eärendil travelling from ruined Gondolin, through Nan-Tathren and south, along the river to the sea. The scene can be found in Silmarillion, chapter "Of Tuor and the fall of Gondolin"

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Nienor's Fall at Cabed-en-Aras by Nim-lock

Nienor's Fall at Cabed-en-Aras

"Looking down upon Turin she cried: 'Farewell, O twice beloved! A Turin Turambar turun ambartanen: master of doom by doom mastered! O happy to be dead!' Then Brandir who had heard all, standing stricken upon the edge of ruin, hastened towards her; but she ran from him distraught with horror and anguish, and coming to the brink of Cabed-en-Aras she cast herself over, and was lost in the wild water" (Silmarillion, 223). 

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 Tinfang Warble's song of the stars by SmilingOfTheHealerHow far we've come. by nadinmadeamessBrego, King of Rohan by LJ-Todd
An Elven Wedding - Elrond and Celebrian by Faerietopiadiscovering pipe weed by dieroteirisThe dark plague hits Gondor by AncaXBre
Glorfindels prophecy to Earnur by EleweenRegret by The-MisfitMelkor and Varda by MorellAgrysis
Frodo and his friends in the Old Forest by MeinFragezeichenCotton's Stand by BenMaynardOfManyArtsSnowmane's Grave by Alektra007

Elwing by HemhetSauron's Arrival to Numenor by YayeniaCalming Thorin by NekoHimeAnny
Thingol received them kindly... by Row93Melian by Castile213Almost Forgotten by Teiglin14Goldberry's Feast by MoonlightPrincess
LotR Never Seen Before: Estel's True Heritage by SaphariThe Last Stand of Dain I and Fror by AreusBookwormAll the Tale of His Wrongs by FISHnibWana

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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 (2585 points in total)  in a 4:3:2 pattern
- Thranduil papercraft sword from MorellAgrysis
- an art request from Reikiwie
- a feature by the participating groups and:
- llamas

Rohirrim journal skin.

Horse head © 2009 - Grinmir-stock
Texture by kizistock
Knotwork by gbrgraphix
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Irsanna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
thanks for the inclusion in the gallery!
zoccu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my drawing to the group's gallery :D !
saphir93 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
*OMG*:OMG:  Thanks so much! Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] I'm so honored!:omg-whut: OMGsqueeeee.... Omg so cuteLlama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1]  
digital-fantasy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional
thanks a lot for your request.
Hylozoistic Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2015  New member Hobbyist
Thanks for having me :D
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Ahaa, sorry for submitting to the wrong folder earlier.... ^^; The Dwarves folder was closed! :blush:
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Could be because you are not a member of the group? Contest is open for all dA members, but only group members can submit to gallery. Join requests are accepted automatically :)
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Oh that makes sense! Haha, I think I'll join then. :)
artofjosevega Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for having me!
Irsanna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
thanks to that adopted in the group!
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