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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


Latest addition to the collection takes us deep into Moria...

The Mines of Moria (Peril approaches the Fellowship in Dwarrowdelf)

Taking inspiration from two different versions of Alan Lee's concept for this scene, I wanted to suggest the fire-fuelled menace of the approaching Balrog and the cavernous quality of the Dwarf halls of Dwarrowdelf. Additionally, I thought creating a stony surface texture would nicely suit the deep rocky location of Moria. Another element that informed this illustration was Howard Shore's initial mock-up music for Moria that was written in the early planning stages for scoring the LOTR trilogy. This music and other tracks were released on a rarities CD accompanying Doug Adam's 2010 book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films which in turn accompanies an informative blog (www.musicoflotr.com) I've been following along with other like-minded fans of the music for many years.

Source photographic elements: Ripon Spa Baths (architectural details), Ampitheatre at El Jem in Tunisia, Kilham in East Yorkshire

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