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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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Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw


Dark tower, dark land

On the edge of ruin (where the dark master dwells)

2nd variation

3rd variation

“...the Power of Barad-dur was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown...the magnitude of his own folly was revealed to him in a blinding flash, and all the devices of his enemies were at last laid bare.”

The Return of the King Chapter 3 Mount Doom p.946
The Lord of the Rings Book VI (J.R.R Tolkien)

Well met, I say again...

Hooded and cloaked (old man in the forest)


An interesting double image occurs here; Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas become aware of the beggar-man on their heels in Fangorn Forest whilst the light from the canopy of trees projects an apparition of Gandalf the White (who will shortly reveal himself)

‘Look at what?’ asked Gimli.
‘There in the trees.’
‘Where? I have not elf-eyes.’
‘Hush! Speak more softly! Look!’ said Legolas pointing.  ‘Down in the wood, back in the way that we have just come.  It is he.  Cannot you see him, passing from tree to tree?’
               ‘I see, I see now!’ hissed Gimli.  ‘Look Aragorn!  Did I not warn you?  There is the old man.  All in dirty grey rags: that is why I could not see him at first.’

The Two Towers Chapter 5 The White Rider p.492
The Lord of the Rings Book III (J.R.R Tolkien)

The darkness and the fire...

Flame and Mountain Fire

“...between them there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled.  Fire belched from its riven summit.  The skies burst into thunder seared with lightning.”

The Return of the King Chapter 3 Mount Doom p.947

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


Sailing suns and journey's end

Over the mountains (farewell wherever you fare)

'...to the top of this rock the eagles swooped one by one and set down their passengers.
"Farewell!" they cried, "wherever you fare, till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!" That is the polite thing to say among eagles.
"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks," answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.'

Chapter VII Queer lodgings p.132
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Where the sun sails and the moon walks