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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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Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw


Smaug the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities

'He issued from the Gate, the waters rose in fierce whistling steam, and up he soared blazing into the air and settled on the mountain-top in a spout of green and scarlet flame...The horrible sounds of Smaug's anger were echoing in the stony hollows far above...A whirring noise was heard. A red light touched the points of standing rocks. The dragon came.'

Chapter XII  Inside Information  p.252-253
The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien)

Source photographic elements:  Mountain and macro photography taken of the Austrian Alps, with Smaug composed from various miniature elements


Far into the Lone-lands...

The Lone-lands (leaving hobbit-lands behind)

'Now they had gone on far into the Lone-lands, where there were no people left, no inns, and the roads grew heavily worse.  Not far ahead were dreary hills, rising higher and higher, dark with trees.  On some of them were old castles with an evil look, as if they had been built by wicked people.  Everything seemed gloomy, for the weather that day had taken a nasty turn'

The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien)  Chapter II  Roast Mutton

Over the Misty Mountains to the land beyond...

The Ascent of the Misty Mountains (Over hill and under hill)

The Ascent of the Misty Mountains (Over hill and under hill) 2nd variation

'Bilbo had never seen or imagined anything of the kind.  They were high up in a narrow place, with a dreadful fall into the valley at one side of them'

 The Hobbit  (J.R.R Tolkien)  Chapter IV  Over hill and under hill