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Images form the visual representation of a character, place, aspect or event in Tolkien's legendarium. Though Tolkien Gateway wishes to include images into as many articles as possible, this will take some time as the majority of minor characters have never been portrayed in illustrations.


General policy

See also Tolkien Gateway:Standards
  • As Tolkien Gateway is an encyclopedia that wishes to cater all ages, adult material - no matter how well-drawn - will be considered vandalism, and removed without discussion. Slash illustrations - clothed or unclothed - are not tolerated.
  • The only exception to this rule is when the (well drawn) image depicts an event described by Tolkien (such as Túrin finding a naked Nienor).
  • Uploaded images must be related to J.R.R. Tolkien and his works. There is only one exception; you can upload one image of yourself for use on your userpage. This page should be categorized in Images of Gatekeepers.
  • We are currently fairly lenient on the file size of images. If the image is above our maximum file size limit (you will see this after clicking the upload button) simply click save anyway. Keep in mind there is no need for extensive quality as our images are used primarily in articles. However we would prefer too high of quality opposed to too low of quality as we can always reduce the quality later.

Uploading Images

To upload an image, go to "Upload file" in the toolbox on the left section of the menu.

Important notes

  • If you upload images of an artist of which Tolkien Gateway does not have any other pictures, only upload with the artist's permission.
  • Prior to uploading, see whether the image already exists. Duplicate images will be deleted.
  • In principle, only upload images that you really need. There is no need to upload yet another screenshot of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, or any fan art based on his image.

Naming conventions

  • There are two "filenames" in the upload menu: Source filename and Destination filename. Note that the latter will automatically be similar to the former, so correctly name the image on your computer prior to uploading it.
  • Images by artists should be named "Artist - Title of Illustration".
  • Images from adaptations and games have no strict naming convention. Include the character's name and some sort of identifier - this can be as elaborate as "Image:Elrond from Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings.jpg" or as simple as "Image:Witchking ea rotk.jpg".
  • Images to which neither of the above applies should have some description of its content.


  • Contrary to normal edits, this section is not an edit summary. Text and templates typed here will show up on the file, and are the only editable portion of the file thereafter.
  • Provide information as to what is in the image; characters, locations, events, place in the story. Some artists provide an own description of the art; this can (but doesn't need to) be included in italics.
  • Add the corresponding Artist template or copyright template, if available.
  • Add the image to all applicable categories. This includes artist, character, events, places, and in the case of images of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, also to their respective actor.
  • Images of real-world people - actors, authors, artist and the lot - should be categorised under "Category:Image of Person's name". Since such a category likely does not exist yet, this category should be made, and in turn be categorised under "[[Category: Images of Authors/Actors/etc.|Last name, First name]].

Use in articles

  • We generally prefer "book" art - art that has appeared in print as the representation of a character - in the character infobox.
  • If above art is not present, images from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings DO NOT have any superiority, nor do images based on said films.
  • Images from adaptations properly belong in the "Portrayal in adaptations" section, not anywhere else in the article. Only one image per adaptation is necessary.
  • We do not appreciate the replacement of an infobox image with something of your own fancy, at least not until a discussion on the article's talk page has ruled in your favour. Popular characters such as Legolas and Aragorn have been the victims of such actions. Persistent users who go on after warnings are at risk of being blocked.
  • Generally, there should be no more than 4-6 illustrations or photographs from the same artist in an article, depending on the length and popularity of the subject of the article.

Fan art policy

Tolkien wrote books. With hundreds of characters. As most of them never featured on any book art, Tolkien Gateway allows fan art on its articles - and sometimes in the infoboxes.

If you're an artist yourself and you like your work featured on this website, it's advisable to upload images of minor characters only. We have sufficient pictures of Aragorn II, but NONE of Aragorn I. Do not add your art to articles (or change the image) without discussion.