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Welcome to the blog and this collection of original artwork inspired by The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R Tolkien's wider mythology of Middle-earth. Aside from the influence of the source writing of Tolkien influence is also drawn from Director Peter Jackson's film trilogy (2001-2003) and the highly regarded Tolkien illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe. The magnificent musical score written for the film trilogy by Howard Shore also holds a significant influence upon the atmospheric and evocative quality of the works in this collection. From Mordor to the Misty Mountains combines landscape, miniature-scale and composite photography to depict locations, dramatic scenes and characters from the enduringly popular stories.

Contact: johncockshaw@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: This blog showcases Artwork (completed and in progress) and related exhibition news. There is NO option to purchase Art through this site at this time. Please visit from time to time as this may well change soon.

Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw


The Stronghold of Barad-dur and The Fires of Mount Doom
The Stronghold of Barad-dur and The Fires of Mount Doom 2nd variation

Source photographic elements: Porthleven in Cornwall, Austrian Mountains, Northumberland and architectural elements in Edinburgh.


  1. Your "Stronghold of Barad-dur and The Fires of Mount Doom, 2nd Variation" is magnificent. It's powerful and engrossing, yet leaves something to the viewer's imagination. Super work.

    May I post this, along with your "Summit of Mt. Doom", on my livejournal ("Mechtild") for March 25, the anniversary of the fall of Barad-dur and the Dark Lord?

    You could answer me here or at livejournal -- mechtild@livejournal.com . I would love to share your work with the my LJ friends.

    Mechtild (Linda Backman)

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