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The poll was incredibly close, but in the end, the Ainur won!

Theme: The Ainur


Clarification of Theme
:bulletred: What are the Ainur? Well, Wikipedia has a short article on them, but in short, the Ainur are the fourteen Valar, an unknown number of Maiar, and Melkor. The majority of them play a role in the Silmarillion, though there are some, such as Olorin (Gandalf) who plays a greater role in LOTR.


Categories:
:bulletred: Traditional Art (drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc)
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Slight digital correction of scans/photographs of the piece (levels adjustment, cropping, etc) is allowed. Use your best judgment.
:bulletred: Digital Art (drawings, paintings, photo manipulations, photography, etc)
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Not to state the obvious, but any photography must be done by you.
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Any photo manipulations cannot use copyrighted work without proof of permission from the owner. All stock art must be credited.
:bulletred: Literature (prose, poetry, etc)
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Please do not have the piece extending over 3000 words.
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: The piece needs to be in English; sorry, your mod is language-deficient.



Rules- Read them!
:bulletred: Contest starts now and ends on July 14th, noon GMT. Voting will take place throughout the week afterward and the winners will be announced around July 21st/22nd, before your mod heads off to Comic Con and so you won't have to wait for results.
:bulletred: You must be a member of tolkien to participate (in other words, just press the "Join the Group" button at the top).
:bulletred: You can only submit one deviation per category, or three deviations total.
:bulletred: The deviation does not have to be new.
:bulletred: There can be more than one character in the piece, but an Ainu must be the focus. There can be more than one Ainu in a piece, and at least one of them must be the focus.
:bulletred: The deviation does not have to follow gallery standards. In other words, all entries following contest rules will be accepted.
:bulletred: Submit all contest entries to the correct subsection of this folder: tolkien.deviantart.com/gallery… (If the entry you want to submit is already in another section of the tolkien gallery, send tolkien a note with the deviation url and we'll copy it into the correct subsection of the contests folder).
:bulletred: New contest entries not already in the tolkien gallery will be moved there at the end of the contest if they meet gallery standards.


Prizes (will be updated as more people volunteer prizes)
:bulletred: You can still participate in the contest if you decide to donate a prize. Anyone can donate features, points (what are points? Click- about.deviantart.com/points/), stamps, requests (of the donor's choice), subscriptions, etc.
:bulletred: There will be one winner in each category (subject to change if we receive a large amount of deviations and/or a generous offering of prizes).
:bulletred: Traditional Art
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from tolkien
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from AinuLaire
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: 50 points from AinuLaire
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Request from Moumou38
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from Moumou38
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from aurelia-acc
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from Elwing-Isiliel
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from AnaSemSombra


:bulletred: Digital Art
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from tolkien
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from AinuLaire
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: 50 points from AinuLaire
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Request from Moumou38
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from Moumou38
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from aurelia-acc
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from Elwing-Isiliel
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from AnaSemSombra


:bulletred: Literature
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from tolkien
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from AinuLaire
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: 50 points from AinuLaire
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Request from Moumou38
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from Moumou38
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from aurelia-acc
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from Elwing-Isiliel
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Feature from AnaSemSombra


Have any questions/comments? Comment on this blog!
Have any prize donations to offer? Comment or send tolkien a note!
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:iconnessasilverwolf:
NessaSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have two entries for the contest who are waiting for approval (I sent them on 18 jun.):
[link]
and [link]
Can you give them the approval to enter in the contest, please?
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
All contest entries submitted have been added. Apologies for the delay. If a contest entry of yours was for some reason rejected with no explanation, please resubmit it.
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:iconnessasilverwolf:
NessaSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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:iconnessasilverwolf:
NessaSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
the contest has ended? I am late :(
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
It ends on July 14th.
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:iconnessasilverwolf:
NessaSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes, i just saw after I add my comment. sorry.
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:iconnitocris:
nitocris Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many possibilities.. hrm..
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:iconzdrava:
zdrava Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   Digital Artist
How winners will be chosen?
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Through a popular vote by the members.
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:iconzdrava:
zdrava Featured By Owner May 29, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconzerotheultradirector:
ZeroTheUltraDirector Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Are Balrogs considered as The Ainur? Since the're Maiar who are corrupted by Melkor,no?
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Let me seeee... yes! They did originate as Maiar, so they count.

If you wish, you can also include that in your deviation's description. Few people know (or in my case, remember) that.
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:iconjon-snow:
Jon-Snow Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Yes, I'd say Balrogs are definitely Ainur. :)
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:icontheresa-de-lioncourt:
Would a picture of Morgoth's crown fit in this topic seeing how Morgoth (also called Melkor) is one of the Ainur?
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Sorry for the delay in the reply- I never considered items, but sure, why not. Were you the one who created that little sculpture of the crown?
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:icontheresa-de-lioncourt:
no, i'm just not good at drawing people
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:iconopheliarosenblut:
OpheliaRosenblut Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted for the house of Finwe but this subject seems fun too. I'm going to enjoy it :)
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:iconanasemsombra:
AnaSemSombra Featured By Owner May 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
I can donate a feature as well.

I don't have that many pageviews/day, but it is something. =)
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Thank you for your contribution!
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:iconelwing-isiliel:
Elwing-Isiliel Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello.

I can give journal features for the winners :)
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Thank you!
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:iconelwing-isiliel:
Elwing-Isiliel Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconaurelia-acc:
aurelia-acc Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
If you're interested, I can feature the winners in my journal (like I did here: [link] )
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Thanks!
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:iconaurelia-acc:
aurelia-acc Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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:iconvilva73:
vilva73 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Perhaps... I would be initial?...:)
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:iconhybridfaerie:
hybridfaerie Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
my knowledge of the ainur is limited, but it does give me an excuse for research....
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:iconmoumou38:
Moumou38 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I may enter too, like :icongold-seven: I prefered the house of Finwe but that subject seems interesting.

I'd like to donate as well : a feature and a request.
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Thank you!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmmmm. I think I may enter. I'd have preferred the house of Finwe, of course, but there's so much different stuff to choose from with this topic...
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Well, there is always Mandos warning Feanor and his sons about doom and gloom... :D

Look forward to your entry!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ack! You're giving me ideas. :D
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