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The Art Challenge

Challenge Details

Do you sometimes see a painting and think "This is SO Middle-earth?"

A portrait that reminds you of Nerdanel?
A battle scene that simply *has* to be the last fight on the plains of Dagorlad?
A still life that simply *asks* for the greedy hand of a Hobbit child?
A lonely mountain where you just *know* there are Dwarves just around the corner?

Here's the Challenge for that feeling.

The Challenge is:

  1. go to an online art page*
  2. pick a picture of a painting from any time before 1900
  3. write a piece of Tolkien fanfiction about the scene or person shown in this painting
  4. the picture (for example hosted by Photobucket or Imageshack), or a link to the picture, should be provided in your story. If you include the picture in your story, please remember to crop it to a width/height of 450pix or smaller to make downloading easier for readers who use a "Dial Up" connection to the internet.

*There are many excellent resources for art online that display high resolution scans of old paintings and even allow to download them. For example:

Thank you Juno for this great idea!

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Gandalfs apprentice - Roast Mutton
General Audience
Last Updated: 23 May 10

Bilbo struggles to finish his book. A vignette dedicated to Tolkien fanfic writers everywhere.

IgnobleBard - Last Light
General Audience
Last Updated: 14 Feb 07
A look at Orthanc from a unique perspective.
Linaewen - Respite
General Audience
Last Updated: 03 Sep 06
A vignette of Finduilas, during a time of quiet retreat. A submission for The Art Challenge
oshun - Finding Nimrodel
General Audience
Last Updated: 12 Sep 06
An invented Middle-earth legend/fairytale of what happened to the lost Elf-maid Nimrodel. Submitted for The Art Challenge (posted with Ophelia by John William Waterhouse as an illustration). Many thanks to gandalfs_ apprentice for the kind last-minute Beta work.
oshun - Interlude in Lothlórien
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 10 Sep 06
Snippet/vignette of an intimate moment from a future chapter of my current WIP, which was submitted for The Art Challenge (posted with a photomanip of The Awakening of Adonis by John William Waterhouse).
Vilwarin - Only the Beginning
General Audience
Last Updated: 24 Oct 07
The evening before the Rohrrim leave to prepare the burial of Théoden, Éowyn and Faramir meet in the garden of the Houses of Healing. Entry for the "Arts Challenge."
Vilwarin - The Window
General Audience
Last Updated: 24 Sep 06
The window of the king's bedchamber in Imrahil's castle faces west over the sea and the Elven queen is drawn to it. Aragorn's POV.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Alariel Silverstar
Entry Date: 08 May 06
Andi Scribbles
Entry Date: 15 Jun 06
Entry Date: 18 Aug 06
Nienna Narmolanya
Entry Date: 19 Jan 06
Entry Date: 30 Jan 06
Entry Date: 16 Aug 06

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Challenge Info

Open Date: December 18, 2005

Closed: September 16, 2006

Challenge Topic: Object/Thing

Entries: 15

Originator: JunoMagic

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