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In the past months, we had a few isolated incidents concerning group rules, even when they are displayed for all to read on the front page. Therefore, we have decided to dedicate this entire newsletter to the detailed explanation of each rule for the benefit of all our current and future members and affiliates. Please notice that joining us or submitting to our group automatically makes you subject to our rules, so we ask of you to read each item carefully and reply on this journal that you have read and understood. Ignorance of rules will not exempt you from the corresponding action that applies to each. If questions arise, DO NOT debate on this journal. Send us a note instead and we will clarify your doubts with the respect you deserve.

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Middle Earth Lovers welcomes everybody.


Please Read our rules before you join, and then decide if this group is for you. 

Arrow left Submit your arts to the right folders. 

Individual folders have been created for each category and submitting to the right ones helps us bigly because we get endless submissions weekly. 
  • Each folder has a detailed description of what's allowed in it and what isn't. 
  • Maximum of submissions per day is 3. It will allow us to evaluate and approve faster. 
  • In the event that an artwork is submitted to the wrong folder, we will decline it and ask you to resubmit to the right one. Do not panic if this happens because we will guide you through the process with the respect you deserve.
  • If after reading all the categories, you are still unsure which fits your artwork best, submit to "Unsorted". 
  • If your category does not exist in our gallery folders, and it has potential according to our guidelines below, send us a note and we will add one when we get enough works for that category. 
  • Folder categories might be subject to changes as we see fit, and such changes will be announced on the corresponding monthly newsletter. 
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Arrow left Slash, Durincest, Thilbo or any other gay pairings with Tolkien characters are strictly forbidden. 

Given the fact that we have received endless gay submissions of explicit sexual intercourse involving incest and rape, we have made a conscious decision to not accept any gay pairings at all. This stops being art to become pornography. Besides, there was no gay pairings in the Tolkien works, so we will not have them in our group either. On that note, this rule also extends to all kinds of material that offends sensibilities, both written and illustrated, such as (but not limited to):  
  • Explicit and pornographic content, either gay, or straight (For a list of pornographic offenses, refer to this DeviantArt FAQ)
  • Any form of bondage
  • Racial slurs
  • Works that promote hate
  • Religious blasphemies 
  • Slander to other artists
These do not go with the spirit of our group and we want to promote respect. Please keep in mind this is a group for Tolkien related works and not a forum for equal rights and discrimination. The reason for this clarification is because we have received rather aggressive accusations in the past. Only one warning will be issued on this matter.

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Arrow left Only submit artworks that are related to the Tolkien books or movies. 

This means no artworks about the actors or other movies. They must be IN Tolkien characters for us to accept. 
  • This is not a group for general fantasy creatures. Your goblins, dragons, dwarves, elves, etc. MUST be part of Tolkien’s works and not of other universes for us to accept them. Example: Tolkien styled elf is ok. Zelda elf is NOT ok.
Exceptions to this rule are the following and each has a corresponding folder: 
  • Original characters (OC) that are inspired in Middle Earth.
  • Pictures of you with actors of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings cast.
  • Autographs of the cast actors described above.
  • Funny crossovers.
  • X Reader segments WITH Tolkien Characters.
Outside of that, any non Tolkien creatures will be declined. No further penalties will be issued on this matter because the decline will suffice.

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Arrow left Mature contents are allowed with the proper labels. 

Certain restrictions apply to this rule and they are as follow:
  • Mature literature must be written in a tasteful way. This means make your sexual descriptions poetic, not explicit or pornographic (For a list of pornographic offenses, refer to this DeviantArt FAQ).
  • Mature illustrations are subject to these restrictions as well. Example: Romantic couples naked kissing is ok. More explicit than that is NOT ok.
  • We have a special category for Artistic Nudes of Middle Earth. But the subject in the illustration must be just nude and alone, and not engaged in pornographic actions. OC's don't fit this category. (Please refer to this DeviantArt FAQ). 
  • Blood and Gore falls under the Mature category, so label it properly.
  • Again No gay pairings. There was none in the Tolkien works, and just because it is written doesn't mean you can get away with it.
  • No bondage. This is Tolkien, not Fifty shades of Gray.
  • No curse words. Only exception to this rule will be the existing Khuzdul or Sindarin insults in the Tolkien works and movies. But outside of that, names of private parts, fbombs, etc. will be declined.
If you are unsure about the contents of your works, write a note to us prior to submitting with a link to it, and we will evaluate and give you a detailed explanation with the respect you deserve. 

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Arrow left Make sure to submit your best works only. 
This means no line papers or doodles because they represent you poorly, and could cause you to not be taken seriously by possible employers. 
  • Your artwork can be any style as long as it is fully finished. This means no works in progress (WIP).
  • All artistic levels are welcomed, from beginner to professional. Middle Earth Lovers provides the space for you to practice your skills in a safe environment.
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Arrow left Your artwork must be yours. 
We do not support art theft. This rule is also extended to the following items: 
  • Do not submit someone else's art to the group. Requesting artworks from other artists to submit to the group is for us Moderators to decide because this feature has been exploited by rule benders in the past. Any submission that is not of your own gallery will be declined.
  • Credit the stocks you use in your works and make sure they are not subject to the copyright laws, or that you have written consent for its use.
  • Do not use someone else's character in your works without their written consent. This is also considered as art theft.
Engaging in such behavior is an instant removal from the group. Further actions might apply if we see fit.

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Arrow left Respect and common sense are a must. 
Be kind with your comments or risk being removed. And we will explain this rule further in benefit of both sides of the coin:
  • No debates or arguments. If you have the need to yell at someone, take it to personal notes because the rest of us don't need to see it. 
  • Mutual teasing from one friend to another must be clarified in your comments because there is no way to tell friendly teasing from heated argument in written form.
  • Do not argue with the moderators. Just like you, we also deserve respect. If you are asked to stop certain behavior, just do it. Only one warning will be issued in this matter.
  • Do not advertise your artwork in someone else's artwork comment field. This practice is very disgusting and disrespectful. People expect to see comments about their artworks, not selfish advertisement competition. It is not nice and it is very immature to say the least. That's what journals and personal messages are for. 
  • Artists that like to request critique (IMPORTANT): Please be absolutely positive that you can take what comes before requesting such. Middle Earth Lovers will not be responsible for any emotional scars resulting of a tough critique. 
  • Critique givers (IMPORTANT): Do not use the above as an excuse to exploit the critique feature. Make sure you limit yourselves to the work in question. This means you give positive or negative feedback about the artwork and NOT about the artist. Any kind of insult, even if done via the critique feature counts as rudeness.
In the event that we moderators cannot tell who started the misbehavior, both sides will be subject to the action we see fit.

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Middle Earth Lovers reserves the right to accept or deny any artwork, as well as remove any member that doesn't adhere to the rules without prior notice. 



Now that the rules have been explained in detail, we can get along. 
Welcome to Middle Earth Lovers and enjoy your stay! 
-The Moderation Team-

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:iconinkstoryrebel:
inkstoryrebel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
agreed!
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:iconromenriel:
romenriel Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Accepted!
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:iconmythological-artist:
Mythological-artist Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Accepted! :D 
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:iconandromedaswitchery:
AndromedasWitchery Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Accepted! I totally agree with you!
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:iconweaselmisao:
weaselmisao Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed!
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:iconzkorejo:
zkorejo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed!
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FrerinHagsolb Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
Agreed.
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:icontimcatherall:
timcatherall Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Agreed - thanks.
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:iconfeynaskydancer:
FeynaSkydancer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed! Thanks for letting me join!
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:iconardend83:
ArdenD83 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist
Agreed!
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:iconperiwinklepaints:
periwinklepaints Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sounds good! thanks!
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TheeBear Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016   General Artist
Read and agreed.
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sephirothxtifaheart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i understood the rules
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:iconu-svetu-maste:
U-Svetu-Maste Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I agree! :)
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:iconprashansaaa:
PRASHANSAAA Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Agreed!!
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:iconcris-nicola:
Cris-Nicola Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed!
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:iconangbands:
angbands Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Professional Artist
I've read and agreed
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shibblesgiggles01 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
Read and agreed
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vergessenes-Wesen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Student
I´ve read them all and understood them. ^^
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RachelFay Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed
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:iconfantasygirl157:
fantasygirl157 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I read the rules and i agreed
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HopesArtGallery Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've read the rules and agree to behave accordingly
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Revolutionary-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Agreed
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MairiTheDwarf Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
agreed ^^
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:iconmeuwi:
MeuWi Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. :D (Big Grin) 
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tullowyn Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read, understood, and agreed :salute:
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ShuraiyaBascud Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
yep yep I agree 
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:icons0ulafein:
s0ulafein Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
agreed!
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:iconsilmarrien:
Silmarrien Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with the rules! :)
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:iconnewdynamic:
newdynamic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I agree to your terms :)
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the-ESSI Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Student Filmographer
Agree with every single one :)
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lumenite88 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
*dips pen in ink.*
~Karianna❤
Agreed
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maga-01 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Agreed! =)
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:iconjessfess27:
jessfess27 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read and agree with the rules :)
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Edhelverir Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
I've read and agree with the rules.
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Ammelda-Aini Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have read & understood the rules, thanks for accepting me. :)
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LeLeWright1234 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
I gladly agree with this statement 
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0-Cassiel-0 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016   Photographer
I aggre :D
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cjlutje Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Great rules.Nod I agree with them.
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:iconnicowanderer:
nicowanderer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with the rules. 
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King-Under-Erebor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with these rules
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:iconnrcart:
nrcArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with the rules :D (Big Grin) 
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irishm8 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read and understood the rules ♡
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:iconatriellme:
AtriellMe Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree with the rules :)
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darksidentic Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read and understood the rules Thumbs Up 
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AngelaCross Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
I've read and understand the rules.

(Sorry about submitting to the wrong folder earlier. My other groups just go into a default folder and I didn't notice the dropdown menu for the folders, even though I had just read the rules for submission. ^_^;; Didn't mean to start out breakin' the rules. Eheh...)
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annamare Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I've read the rules and will abide by them!
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alystraea Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with the rules and will respect them!
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bflamingos Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016   General Artist
I have read and accept the rules. Thanks! :)
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