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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


Alone in the depths...

A cavern in firelight

Grim firelight coming from afar or hopeful sunlight at the end of the tunnel?  Depicting a haunting subterranean location was the intention here with a lost and lone figure crouched to the lower right.  The scene is very much open to interpretation, it might very well be Bilbo before or after his finding of the ring and encounter with Gollum.  Perhaps it could be another moment altogether.  The emphasis is on giving character to the deep dark terrain below the surface of Middle-earth where all kinds of terrible things and fates lurk...

Source photographic elements: Fraisthorpe beach, East Yorkshire and stone/rock studies taken in Tunisia and the Sahara desert (April 2010)

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