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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

4.11.13

Wrath upon the river (fire drake, fire lake)

Wrath of the dragon (Fire wrath, dragon roar)

Final piece comprising elements photographed at miniature scale with multi-textured layers to shape the dragon form and fire damage 

Detail of the dragon Smaug

Penultimate draft before final fire element added to the foreground

"...the roar of Smaug's terrible approach grew loud, and the lake rippled red as fire beneath the awful beating of wings...Fire leaped from the dragon's jaws.  He circled for a while high in the air above them lighting all the lake; the trees by the shores shone like copper and like blood with leaping shadows of dense black at their feet."

Chapter XIV  Fire and Water  p. 286-287
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien