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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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A refuge of hill, wood and water: 3 pieces inspired by verse in J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

O wind on the waterfall

Source photographic elements: Austrian landscape photography

Woodland water

Source photographic elements: Woodland photography near the River Laver in Ripon, North Yorkshire

“Rain may fall and wind may blow,
And many miles be still to go,
But under a tall tree I will lie,
And let the clouds go sailing by”

The Fellowship of the Ring Chapter IV A shortcut to mushrooms p.90
The Lord of the Rings Book I (J.R.R Tolkien)

“O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
but better than rain or rippling streams
is Water hot that smokes and steams...
O! Water is fair that leaps on high
In a fountain white beneath the sky”

The Fellowship of the Ring Chapter V A conspiracy unmasked p.101
The Lord of the Rings Book I (J.R.R Tolkien)

The charmingly entertaining songs and verse found frequently in Tolkien’s writing adds great depth to the landscape and history of Middle-earth, painting an ever wider picture also of the various peoples and cultures it references.  The chosen extracts here give little history of race or deed but offer thoughts on the simple pleasure of the weather, water and the countryside, and are are sung by hobbits for who the joys of such things are very close to the heart.

Lower land of the river valley

Source photographic elements: Woodland photography in Austria with horse and figure elements photographed in the Sahara desert, Tunisia

This third piece offers a glimpse of travelling elves and the poetry here is composed by myself in response to the imagery

Wanderers rest under welcoming trees
In this fairest of fair far lands
For a long while in this wooded spot
Forgetting the weariness of the road

Together in this light dappled dwelling
They make merry with long laughter and song
And hearty fill of fine food and full drink
Reaping the wealth of the riches of rest

Night will eventually pass into morning next
And a return to the road, their journey renewed
To arrive late in the day by evening almost
Upon the threshold of the last homely house

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