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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

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The collection of artwork is showcased below as separate blog posts with new additions to be posted upon completion.
The Shire (early in the morning of 22nd September)
The Shire (early in the morning of 22nd September) 2nd variation

Source photographic elements: Grounds of Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey near Ripon (North Yorkshire) and various locations / rustic elements also from Ripon.
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.
My Precious (found in The Gladden River)

Source photographic elements: River and woodland in Ripon (North Yorkshire)
The Misty Mountains

Source photographic elements: Austrian Mountains, Cornish coast near Falmouth and Snowdonia National Park in North Wales
Gollum's Cave
2nd variation: The One Ring

Source photographic elements: Fraisthorpe Beach (East Yorkshire Coast)
Ringwraith

Source photographic elements: Woodland near the Helford River in Cornwall and Horse and rider element in Tunisia.
The House of Tom Bombadil

Source photographic elements: Tehidy Woods in Cornwall and woodland in Worcester
Campfire at the Watchtower of Amon Sul (Weathertop)
Rivendell the House of Elrond (a glimpse is caught in the moonlight)

Source photographic elements (Watchtower of Amon Sul): North York Moors and Isle of Skye. Source photographic elements (Rivendell): Isle of Skye, Austrian Mountains, The Spa Hotel in Ripon and Nunnington Hall near Helmsley (North Yorkshire).
The Pass of Caradhras (The Ring Goes South)

Source photographic elements: Ripon (North Yorkshire) and Austrian Mountain landscape
The Bridge of Khazad-Dum (Gandalf confronts the Balrog)
The Bridge of Khazad-Dum (Gandalf confronts the Balrog) 2nd variation

Source photographic elements: Tunisia, Northumberland, Isle of Skye, East Yorkshire Coast
Lothlorien (Lady Galadriel walks in these woods)

Source photographic elements: Exmouth (East Devon), Tehidy Woods in Cornwall and Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire.
The Mirror of Galadriel

Source photographic elements: Ripon in North Yorkshire and Cornwall
The Fellowship journey down the River Anduin

Source photographic elements: The River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey, West Yorkshire
Lost in Emyn Muil (Frodo and Sam)

Source photographic elements: Exmouth area of East Devon and Cornwall
Gollum lurks in Emyn Muil (on the trail of the Hobbits)

Source photographic elements: Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
The Passage of the Dead Marshes

Source photographic elements: Full-scale and miniature-scale photography in Cornwall
Fangorn Forest (Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold)

Source photographic elements: Ripon (North Yorkshire). Treebeard digitally composed from a variety of full-scale and miniature-scale tree and bark photography.
Rohan 1st variation: Edoras and the Golden hall of Meduseld
Rohan 1st variation: Edoras and the Golden hall of Meduseld 2nd variation

Source photographic elements: Austrian landscape, Baildon Mooor (West Yorkshire), Edinburgh Architecture. Edoras miniature scale photography of hill mound taken near Cape Cornwall

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On the edge of Fangorn Forest (Merry, Pippin and Treebeard)

Source photographic elements: Chapel Porth and St. Agnes Beacon in Cornwall, Baildon Moor (West Yorkshire), Fraisthorpe Beach in East Yorkshire
The Battle of Helm's Deep
The Battle of Helm's Deep 2nd variation

Source photographic elements: Porthleven in Cornwall, Baildon Moor (West Yorkshire), Bridlington, Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, Northumberland and architectural elements in Manchester City Centre.
Portrait of Treebeard (The Ents are going to war!)
Portrait of Treebeard (The Ents are going to war!) 2nd variation

Photo collage from miniature scale photography of trees with additional digital manipulation
Aftermath at Isengard and The Tower of Orthanc

Source photographic elements: Northumberland, Austria, Ripon, Whitby Abbey, Saltburn Beach and The Great Flat Lode Trail in Cornwall.
Minas Morgul (The City of the Ringwraiths)

Source photographic elements: Porthleven and Falmouth in Cornwall, Crummackdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and driftwood photography on Fraisthorpe Beach in East Yorkshire.
The Tower of Cirith Ungol

Source photographic elements: miniature scale photography of tree bark, driftwood and coastal cliffs
Rohan 2nd variation: Flight from Edoras (Gandalf and Pippin ride to Gondor)

Source photographic elements: Snowdonia National Park South Wales, Peak District South Yorkshire. Edoras comprises miniature scale photography taken at Cape Cornwall.
The City of Minas Tirith in the Realm of Gondor
The City of Minas Tirith in the Realm of Gondor Border variation
The City of Minas Tirith in the Realm of Gondor Texture variation

Source photographic elements: Austrian Mountains on the border of Italy, Mountains on the edge of Innsbruch, Snowdonia National Park, Peak District near Castleton, South Yorkshire. Minas Tirith is composed from images taken of cliffs on the Cornish coast at Perranporth.
The Land of Mordor (where the shadows lie) Co-credit: James Cockshaw (Digital compositing)

Original photographic elements: The Jurassic Coast of East Devon (near Exmouth)
The Mouth of Sauron at The Black Gate
Approaching The Black Gate of Mordor 2nd variation
The Menace of the Black Gate of Mordor 3rd variation

Source photographic elements: Tunisia, Edinburgh and East Yorkshire coast
Sammath Naur (The Crack of Doom)
Sammath Naur (The Crack of Doom) Border variation
Sammath Naur (The Crack of Doom) Texture variation

Source photography elements: Fraisthorpe Beach on the East Yorkshire coast
The rescue by Gandalf and the Eagles on Mount Doom (The End of All Things)
The rescue by Gandalf and the Eagles on Mount Doom (The End of All Things) 2nd Variation

Source photography elements: Fraisthorpe Beach on the East Yorkshire coast