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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

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Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw


A disturbance at dusk...

Dark riders in a fair land

Source photographic elements: Woodland photography near the River Laver in Ripon, North Yorkshire and horse and rider elements photographed in Tunisia.

“In the lane the noise of hoofs broke out, and gathering to a gallop, went hammering away into the darkness...the Black Riders rode like a gale to the North-gate...They rode down the guards at the gate and vanished from the Shire.”

“Frodo soon went to sleep again; but his dreams were again troubled with the noise of wind and of galloping hoofs.”

The Fellowship of the Ring Chapter XI A knife in the dark p.177
The Lord of the Rings Book I (J.R.R Tolkien)

The nine riders of the enemy are assembled here in a hazy half-light presenting a dream-like vision of evil.  Whether they are tormenting images within a characters dreaming subconscious, or a menacing reality galloping stealthily from a peaceful land it is certain that doom and death is all they are intent on dealing.

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