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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


Hearing its master's call...

The History of The Ring
This newly completed image has been in draft form for a while, lying silently unfinished until now...when the right atmospheric elements were finally added! The major driving force behind this composition goes back to Howard Shore's score and his musical representation for The One Ring, which carries a number of motifs that seek to anthropomorphosize the object and mirror its circular shape. My intention for this depiction of the Ring was suggesting its sentient quality, the awakening quality of the Ring and depict an early moment in its journey.

Source photographic elements: Llandudno, North Wales and Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire. The Ring in this composition (and in all that follow) comes from photography of my wedding ring, which is a little nod to the fact that Producer Rick Porras of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy felt suitably attached to his wedding ring to want to put it forward as the standard model for the One Ring on screen. Thanks to Elizabeth Cockshaw for allowing the ring to be photographed in a variety of locations...although I only sought her blessing after the fact!

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