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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


Shadows of the house of stone

Great Hall of the White Tower
1st variation

border variation

“And then he found himself at the doors of the great hall beneath the gleaming tower...and entered the cool white echoing shadows of the house of stone...Pippin looked into a great hall.  It was lit by deep windows in the wide aisles at either side, beyond the rows of tall pillars that upheld the roof...between the pillars there stood a silent company of tall images graven in cold stone.”

The Return of the King Chapter I Minas Tirith p.753-754
The Lord of the Rings Book V (J.R.R Tolkien)

Source photographic elements: Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire


New work makes final of Premios de arte 'Niggle 2013' (La Sociedad Tolkien Espanola)

Hoard of the dungeon-hall
(new piece created specifcally for Premios de arte 'Niggle 2013')

Monday brought great news that my entry for La Sociedad Tolkien Espanola's Premios de arte 'Niggle 2013' had been selected to the finalist stage of the contest.  This will present a wonderful opportunity to have the piece on show at Seville's 'Infanta Elena' public library from 18th - 30th November.

"It was at this point that Bilbo stopped.  Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did.  The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it.  He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait...Before him lies the great bottom-most cellar or dungeon-hall of the ancient dwarves right at the mountain's root.  It is almost dark so that its vastness can only be dimly guessed, but rising from the near side of the rocky floor there is a great glow.  The glow of Smaug!"

Chapter XII Inside Information p.249
The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien


Ring at rest (a sunken secret)

River-bed for a ring

The text below refers to the plight of Isildur

"...he was ever swept down towards the tangles of the Gladden fields...There suddenly he knew that the Ring had gone.  By chance, or chance well used, it had left his hand and gone where he could never hope to find it again.  At first so overwhelming was his sense of loss that he struggled no more, and would have sunk and drowned.  But swift as it had come the mood passed.  The pain had left him.  A great burden had been taken away."

Unfinished Tales  J.R.R Tolkien
Part Three: The Third Age
Chapter 1: Disaster of the Gladden Fields p.275

This newly finished ring piece will accompany the other studies in the collection to form a depiction of the journey this central object takes through Middle-earth.  In practical photographing terms the key was to find an area of water shallow enough to place the prop in and be in control but deep enough to create the illusion of significant water depth.  The lighting conditions were not quite as I wished but ultimately this added to the murky quality of the colouring which proved quite useful.