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Forum:Canonicity of Images

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How should we decide which images to place into an article? Many of our images are not canon, and quite a few do not fit Tolkien's exact description. For instance, Ted Nasmith's painting of Tuor before Gondolin is magnificent, but not precise to Tolkien's description. In that case, would it be a good idea to put it into the article? Should only canon pictures be allowed into articles unless there were no others? Just wondering. --Narfil Palùrfalas 06:54, 16 May 2006 (EDT)

Personally, I consider all pictures not by Tolkien to be adaptions of the stories, and thus not canonical. The name of the artist is normally added to the picture, when said picture is added to an article. IMHO, this fact is enough to tell the reader of the article that the depiction of the scene is not canonical. --Earendilyon 07:12, 16 May 2006 (EDT)
I agree with Earendilyon, but it is always nice to consider canon when adding images. For instance if two images have equal artistic value and we only have one spot, add the more canonical one of course. But I don't think we should refuse to put up an image simply based on the canon, unless it is significantly off and could confuse the visitor. If need be we can always add warnings to the caption stating what is incorrect. --Hyarion 09:22, 16 May 2006 (EDT)
Of course Tolkien's drawings have precedence. --Narfil Palùrfalas 09:31, 16 May 2006 (EDT)