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German Tolkien Society announces artists competition

Our sister society, Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft (DTG), has announced the start of their annual art competition to design their collectible coaster.

The information on DTG’s website states:

Today marks the start of the artist competition on the motif of the DTG 2014 collectible coaster. In 2011, German Tolkien illustrator Anke Eißmann designed the coaster for us, the first competition in 2012 was won by Goswin von Mallinckrodt with his feisty dwarf, and last year we finally got a ‘real coaster’ (see picture top right) from Claudia Pertschy. Now we are looking for this year’s motif.

For the collectible coaster 2014 we are looking for a motif inspired by one of Tolkien’s works. The only other condition for the motif is that it has to include the DTG logo (can be in a slightly modified version but has to be recognizable – you can find it for reference in the article above). From all submissions that reach us by 28 November 2014, the jury – which includes last year’s winner Claudia Pertschy, by the way – will choose the winning picture. This will then be published on this year’s collectible coaster. The winner will not only receive a free coaster but also an official film companion book (in German) Der Hobbit: Eine unerwartete Reise by Brian Sibley, published by Klett-Cotta.

With the submission of your motif (as .jpg or .tiff, ranging between 500kb to 2MB in size and a resolution of 300dpi), you consent to have the picture published in the above-mentioned form and as a picture on our Internet platforms and in our society magazine Flammifer von Westernis, citing your name, of course. You can submit up to three different motifs.

For more information visit DTG’s website, or to submit an entry email marie-noelle.biemer [at]

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.