Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Posting Your Creative Works

As is painfully obvious with the stuff I talk about, I am a big supporter of fan activity and fan works, and I believe they are meant to be shared. We are special in that we are both junior scholars as well as fans of Tolkien's works, and therefore there is even more important that we share our creations with other Tolkien fans on the internet.

Before posting on any of the following sites, you will need to create an account, which is of course free. If you need help registering or posting to any of these forums, please let me know. Also, link it here when (NOT IF) you do post it, so I can reblog/favorite/kudo/bookmark/etc.

For art:

For written fanworks (fanfiction):
Archive of Our Own
(again) Tumblr, where plenty of people post fanfic as well as fan art

It's practically a crime to keep these locked away, you guys. Keep in mind this quote from Tolkien:

"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama." (Letter 131).

Also, any comments about Tolkien's statement here?


Ashley Cauley said...

I like that Tolkien quote. Since he wanted to make a mythology for England, it makes sense that he would want other people to be able to share and/or add to it. Fans of his work surely have taken the hint and run off wherever their creativity takes them.

Lorin said...

Yeah, this ties into the whole issue that I've posted about on here before (and that I'm pretty sure we've discussed in class to some degree) - that of PJ's movies being part of this tradition of reworking Tolkien's mythology. That quote on its own sort of makes me feel, however, that Tolkien actually wanted others just to fill in the blanks of his mythology rather than take and rework the parts he already wrote. At the same time, though, as we've seen throughout the semester, Tolkien reworked so many tales that weren't his own into his own writing, so it seems that he'd be fairly okay with PJ, for instance, taking his story and reworking it into a different form of art - movies. This whole topic is just so interesting to me. I knew that there had always been the conflict of book/movie around, but until recently I hadn't ever considered more deeply how Tolkien viewed his own works and how that plays into fan-made works based in Middle-earth and into Tolkien's view of art overall. Thought-provoking stuff!

Megan said...

For Sara, or anyone else who writes poetry!


Megan said...

Regarding Lorin's statement: "That quote on its own sort of makes me feel, however, that Tolkien actually wanted others just to fill in the blanks of his mythology rather than take and rework the parts he already wrote."

I think you're exactly right. There is in fact another Letter (292, see link below, sorry I cannot quote it right now) where Tolkien is at the same time very clearly not okay with reworkings/expansions of the parts of his text he did write. He's a tricksy guy! I will quote this other letter when I get back to my office.


Julie Lautenschleger said...

While Tolkien was an incredibly detailed author, he intentionally left a great deal of room for furthering of the story of Middle Earth. In leaving all of this so open, it allows the reader to use their imagination and create (through more writing, images, and even drama) their own version of Middle Earth's tale. I think that Tolkien really believed that imagination was one of the most valuable tools his readers had, and wanted to allow them freedom to use it.

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sworland said...

Julie, I like what you said about Tolkien believing in the imagination of his readers. I think we can definitely see how deeply he believed that in Tolkien's artwork. He purposefully painted landscapes without figures because A) he wasn't good at drawing people but B) he also wanted his readers to imagine the scene for themselves (kind of like a flannel graph! He lays down the landscape, we add the people).

Considering this, I think Tolkien would have disapproved of Jackson's movies in part because they remove the role of imagination, which is an integral piece of the magic of Middle-earth. However, didn't Tolkien sell movie rights to his books while he was still alive? So I don't know. Maybe I'm totally wrong. Megan, you're right, he's a tricksy fellow!

Austin M. said...

Megan, you were pretty adamant in class that we put our projects on the "interweb(s)." As a novice, I'm lost. How should I go about accomplishing this feat? Thanks.

Anna Adams said...

So I posted my watercolors of my dragons on deviantart and they got more favorites than I've ever gotten before. I was super surprised. O_O

But yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. :D

Megan said...

Niiiice way to go! Send me links or it didn't happen.

Anna Adams said...

Lol Megan. My deviantart is AnjaStarfish if you want to look it up. (Anja was my nickname for German class in high school, and starfish--sea stars, whatever--are awesome.)