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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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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


  1. Brilliant!! The idea is brilliant and the colours are stunning!!

    1. Thank you very much! It's gratifying to hear your feedback. With this piece I wanted to create a hellish 'descent into Hades' feel about Bilbo's emergence into Smaug's lair under the mountain. The colours and atmospherics needed to suggest Smaug's presence as well as the fact that the whole place was rotten with dragon stench and filth. Many thanks!

  2. Brilliant!! The idea is brilliant and the colours are stunning!!