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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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Bilbo had escaped only just in time...

Swift escape from furious fire

Source photographic elements: Woodland photography near the River Laver in Ripon, North Yorkshire and fire elements taken from photographic studies whilst at Kilham, East Yorkshire

“A few eagles were still circling and sweeping above the battle-ground.  The flames about the trees sprang suddenly up above the highest branches.  They went up in cackling fire.  There was a sudden flurry of sparks and smoke.  Bilbo had escaped only just in time.”

Chapter IV Out of the frying-pan into the fire p.125
The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien)

The suggestion of tormenting wolf eyes lurk in the lower darkness of this composition whilst angry fire spreads upwards through the trees to reveal a distant hint of the battleground this scene has just been.  The eagles of Middle-earth have carried away the company of dwarves and all away to safety from this scene, with the last eagle just seen making its swift exit with its burden.

Swift escape from furious fire (detail)

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