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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


Wild lands, dark paths...Monochrome series collection #2

The monochrome series continues with five previously full-colour landscape / architectural environments inspired by scenes from J.R.R Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and The Hobbit.

The Watchtower

Lower land of the river valley 

O wind on the waterfall

Dark places of the world

Ascent of the mountains


Silver Leaves Journal Issue 5 and Oxonmoot Art Exhibition 2013

2013 has been an incredibly busy and exciting year on many fronts so much so that I'm only just getting round to reporting on the following items that were part of what has made this year so wonderful.

Silver Leaves Journal Issue 5: The Hobbit

It was an amazing opportunity to have some poetry, artwork and a piece of reflective writing feature in Issue 5 of this wonderful journal published by Oloris Publishing in September.  The writers and artists contributing to the content all offer intriguing takes, interpretations and interpolations on J.R.R Tolkien's source writing and it was great to feature alongside other Tolkien artists Danielle Storey, Jay Johnstone, Jenny Dolfen, Joe Gilronan, Emil Johansson, Jeff Murray to name a few.

September 20th - 22nd was The Oxonmoot Art Show running as part of the annual meet of The Tolkien Society that I was an excited contributor of.  Curated by Becky Dillon, the show was a very diverse mix of styles featuring painting by Jenny Dolfen, Ted Nasmith, Joe Gilronan and Jay Johnstone - fibre art by Liz Heffner - jewellery by Laura Taylor - Poster art by William Puck. As a guest exhibitor Jemima Catlin also exhibited prints of her stunning new illustrations for The Hobbit.  It was a superb weekend being present at the show and assisting with the hanging, more so to hear Jay and Jemima give presentations on their art. A signed copy of Jemima's illustrated edition and receiving some great feedback on my work was the icing on the cake!


Exhibition at CURZON RIPON to tie in with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12A)

20th December 2013 - 3rd January 2014

A selection of pieces from 'From Mordor to the Misty Mountains' on show at Curzon Ripon to coincide with the two week screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12A)

This exhibition had been pending as a possible idea for a short time and as a fantastic and brand new local venue (opening only in November) it was with great pride to be able to hang a selection of pieces from the collection to coincide with the cinema's two-week run of the second chapter of The Hobbit trilogy.

Many thanks to Manager Penny Hartley (inc. James Hare and Bev Isherwood)


3 scenes to show them all...Monochrome series collection #1

A collection of monochrome pieces derived from existing full-colour works from the collection begins with three landscape scenes to represent an individual moment from all three of the separate books that comprise J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

White tower of the Steward

Riddle at the Door of Durin

Battle of the keep


Let sleeping dragons lie...

Smaug sleeps in the dungeon-hall

The deadly presence of Smaug quietly sleeps amongst the treasure-hoard of The Lonely Mountain.  His massive trailing body is hidden except for his still head atop the piles of gold.  Bilbo emerges into the dungeon-hall in the far centre of the image.  Smaug here is composed from miniature rock photography and this piece offers a monochrome variation on 'Hoard of the dungeon-hall' (seen further below a few posts down) that featured in the Sociedad Tolkien Espanola's Exibition Niggle 2013 in Seville.

More monochrome variations of existing pieces will follow over the course of December...