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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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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


Wicked words of a Wormtongue...

Dark dreams of The Golden Hall

Source photographic elements: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

“But for long now he has plotted your ruin, wearing the mask of friendship, until he was ready…your land was open and strangers came and went.  And ever Wormtongue’s whispering was in your ears, poisoning your thought, chilling your heart, weakening your limbs, while others watched and could do nothing, for your will was in his keeping.”

The Two Towers Chapter VI The King of the Golden Hall p.521
The Lord of the Rings Book III (J.R.R Tolkien)


Shadow and flame descends...

Foundations of Stone

Source photographic elements: Macro photography of Fraisthorpe beach and Kilham, East Yorkshire

“With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished.”

The Fellowship of the Ring Chapter V The Bridge of Khazad-Dum p.331

The Lord of the Rings Book II (J.R.R Tolkien)

A city ruined by wrath...

The ruin of Osgiliath

Source photographic elements: Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, Whitby Abbey, East Yorkshire and architectural elements in the City of York and Leeds

“For that is the ruin of Osgiliath on either side of Anduin, which our enemies took and burned long ago.  Yet we won it back...we hold still the near half of Osgiliath.  For a little while.  But we await now a new onslaught there.  Maybe the chief onslaught of the war that comes.”

The Return of the King Chapter I Minas Tirith p.764-5

The Lord of the Rings Book V (J.R.R Tolkien)


Current works in progress

The following images are in progress and should be completed over the coming days and weeks, but I thought it would be interesting to post their draft stages to get a sense of how some new work is coming along...

The ruins of Osgiliath
(fine tuning to be done and smoothing of atmospheric layers)

In the Golden Hall 
(an early draft stage showing an encounter between Eowyn and Grima Wormtongue, with further detail to the Hall interior and a depiction of King Theoden to be added)

Through Fire and Water (Foundations of stone)
(The vertiginous fall of the Balrog through the subterranean caverns of Moria following the fight with Gabdalf on the bridge of Khazad-Dum)

Something for the onset of June...

Way to the Shire

Source photographic elements: The grounds of Fountains Abbey near Ripon, North Yorkshire