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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


A love letter to The Shire...

Evening at the edge of The Shire

The day dims slowly in the Shire
Allowing early evening’s entry
To linger and light the land
With many subtly subdued shades
Glowing upon the rivers and glades
A serene little spot
For a humble hobbit
To take a moment to stop

Backpack brimming
Splendidly supplied
A hearty Halfling’s needs inside
Though now with a heart too heavy
With a sense of the unknown so heady
Yet hopeful heroism welling inside
A journey unplanned
Farewell must be said
To this much loved land

Sweet farewell, land of the Shire
Homeland that burns the heart’s fire
The surest feet must make their step
For adventure lies far off ahead
Gripping with a heavily strong dread
To head toward the wretched wild
Best foot forward
For unimaginable miles

Sweet farewell, sweet land of the Shire
The homeland that burns the heart’s fond fire

This image and poem were composed in response to an invitation from Oloris publishing to submit material for Silver Leaves Journal Issue 5 'The Hobbit'.  Whether eventually selected or not this piece remains a love-letter to my home surroundings of Ripon, North Yorkshire - my little corner of The Shire.


Publishing project with Oloris announced for 2014


Wrath, Ruin and a red Nightfall

At the close of February I was invited by Lara Sookoo along with Gerda Marz of Oloris Publishing to collaborate on a book release for their Oloris Art Series.  Now, after a couple of months and time spent organising much content, Oloris have officially announced this upcoming release (scheduled for 2014) via their website and social media.

Without doubt it is an extremely exciting opportunity and I look forward to the months ahead being involved in the development stages and the impending release.

The full press release can be read here