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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.

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Many Meetings: a new addition to mark the arrival of Autumn

Encounter in a Woodland Glade
Encounter in a Woodland Glade 2nd variation
Encounter in a Woodland Glade 3rd variation
I couldn't resist this new addition to the collection after being inspired by the breath-taking colours of Autumn. The story depiction of the meeting couple here is really open to interpretation and the post title of Many meetings could refer to either Beren and Luthien or Aragorn and Arwen. But that depends on whether you go with the mortal and elf-kind view or a strictly mortal view, in which case it could even be Arathorn and Gilraen or perhaps Faramir and Eowyn. When composing the image I also thought of the touching story of John Ronald (J.R.R.Tolkien) and his wife Edith's first meeting. Its significance is also closer to home in that it was composed to mark my third wedding anniversary to Elizabeth on the 24th October (who appears here on the right well-disguised, and indeed in a small number of other compositions).

Source photographic elements: Hell Wath, Quarry Moor and Newby Hall Gardens (statue photography) near Ripon, North Yorkshire and Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire

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