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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


Speak, friend, and enter...

The riddle at the Doors of Durin (The Walls of Moria)
Source photographic elements: miniature-scale photography at Fraisthorpe Beach, East Yorkshire and woodland elements in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Figures derived from photography taken on an expedition up Tryfn in Snowdonia National Park

On the edge of Mirkwood...

Dol Guldur (The Hill of Sorcery)
Dol Guldur (The Hill of Sorcery) 2nd variation
Source photographic elements: Botallack near St. Just in West Cornwall, The Great Flot Lode Trail nr Camborne in Cornwall and Austrian landscape near the Italian border


Cornish press say 'Look closely and you might see Bilbo Baggins!'

Cornish newspaper West Briton and website This is Cornwall feature 4 images from the collection that take specific inspiration from the rugged Tolkienesque landscape of West Cornwall with a nice little artist quote by myself

Many thanks West Briton and This Cornwall!


Yorkshire Tolkien artist in local North Yorks press

Thursday 13th December: A page 4 feature in the Harrogate Advertiser and Ripon Gazette puts the focus on the local landscape I've used when finding influence to create pieces from the collection. Here Minas Tirith, featuring a hero shot of St. Peter's Church in Harrogate, gets a nice prominent picture.


A message makes its way across Middle-earth...

The Lighting of the Beacons

Source photographic elements: Mountain photography in Innsbruch, Austria with additional fire elements


Publicity feature on On:Yorkshire magazine website

My campaign to build a reputation as Yorkshire's Tolkien artist continues with a nice feature and image gallery on the website of the cultural magazine On:Yorkshire. Thanks to editor Matt Callard for liking the Yorkshire link in the art and the quick turnaround of the article on Friday afternoon. The link can be viewed below: http://www.on-magazine.co.uk/yorkshire/yorkshire-features/yorkshire-tolkien-artist/