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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


Wrath Ruin and a Red Nightfall - An artist's film

This video was created to provide an insight into my creative process and my rationale for approaching art inspired by Middle-earth.  It offers my motivation for taking the path of photography when visualizing Middle-earth, and illustrates the particular aspects of influence that are drawn from J.R.R Tolkien's writing.

As a book trailer that also employs the official Oloris Publishing logos it also looks ahead to the publication date of Spring 2014 as a means to begin generating interest.  A good chunk of June was spent filming and editing this video piece, which proved to be a delightful challenge in terms of being both informative and enticing.

I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!


  1. This looks spectacular! I cannot wait for the publishing! I am an outdoor enthusiast, as well as a Tolkien freak, and when I am hiking I often see places that are reminiscent of the Middle Earth landscape (I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have soaring mountains and deep, mossy forests). Your little film is wonderful :)

    1. Thank you kindly SquirrelHeart! I think the beauty of being an enthusiast of Tolkien is that echoes of Middle-earth can be identified wherever you are in the world. The description of where you live sounds amazing and very Tolkienesque. I wish there were those kinds of mountains where I am. Thanks again for your wonderful comment!