The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey presents Treasures of Middle Earth™ Design Contest
Conditions of Engagement

Entry Guidelines

The Treasures of Middle-earth Design Contest is your chance to show your passion and creativity for The Hobbit. Want to share your vision of Middle-earth with fans around the world and have a chance to win valuable movie collectibles? Read on for entry guidelines, and check out the Official Rules, Entry Tips and FAQs for more details.

Subject Matter

Entries should portray subjects from the world of The Hobbit. Entries can range from subjects that are central to The Hobbit’s story (such as Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, Rivendell, Lake-town or Orcrist) to subjects that are less prominent (such as Thorin’s father Thrain, the people of Lake-town or the Mirkwood and Rivendell Elves)

If you’re a true fan and know some of the characters that are going to be in the new film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, you can design them, too! If it’s related to The Hobbit, it has a place in The Treasures of Middle-earth Design Contest! But be original and be creative! What does the world of The Hobbit look like to you


All entries must fall into one of four categories: Characters, Creatures, Weapons, and Locations. One grand prize winner and four runners up will be selected in each category from a pool of finalists and semi-finalists. You may enter one entry per category, for a total of four entries.

Characters are the people of Middle-earth that played parts in the story of The Hobbit. Subjects fit for the Characters category include Bilbo Baggins, Radagast, Thorin Oakenshield, Thranduil the Elvenking, and more.

Creatures can range from the monstrous and the cunning, to even the noble. Examples of Creatures include Gollum, Goblins, Wargs, the Stone Trolls and more.

Weapons play a prominent role in The Hobbit and are essential to all things Middle-earth. Possible Weapons include legendary artifacts like Sting, Orcrist, Glamdring and the Black Arrow, as well as Elven bows and Dwarven axes and swords.

Locations across Middle-earth set the stage for the epic quest of Bilbo Baggins, and Thorin Oakenshield and The Company of Dwarves. Possible locations include the Shire, Rivendell, Mirkwood Forest, Lake-town, the Lonely Mountain, and more.

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Formatting Guidelines

Your entry should be a square .PNG, .JPG, or .GIF, at least 520 pixels to a side, with a filesize no larger than 2MB. A template file is available to help ensure that your entry is laid out properly. Download it as an Adobe Photoshop .PSD or a standard .PNG file. Remember to remove the template elements from your final entry!

Additionally, you will be required to provide an entry title and description of your entry. Entry titles should be short and descriptive. Entry descriptions can either detail the thought behind the artwork, or the media and techniques used to create it. Either the title or the description must clearly identify the subject(s) of your drawing related to the entry category – e.g. a drawing of Gandalf™ fighting Goblins entered into the Characters category must be clearly identified as Gandalf, but there’s no need to identify his sword Glamdring or the Goblins.

Contest Criteria


A panel of judges will choose the winners of the Treasures of Middle-earth Design Contest based on the following criteria:

Creativity and Originality

Your artwork and designs should reflect your own artistic style and unique vision for the subject, rather than the work of any particular artist. Creative entries will put their artists’ imagination and originality on display.

Artistic Merit

Your artwork should showcase your artistic skills and attention to detail. Well-executed entries will show a strong grasp of composition, form, value, and artistic principles.

Relevance to the Subject Matter

Your artwork can be anything related to The Hobbit provided it fits within the four designated categories. Submissions can only be based on The Hobbit. Submissions related to anything from The Lord of the Rings films (i.e. Aragorn, Arwen, Helm’s Deep, etc) will be rejected.