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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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Variations on an Elf trail (from the account of Glorfindel)

Three variations of the same piece take inspiration from the account of Glorfindel's trail to assist Strider and the hobbits in conjunction with the pursuit of the Nazgul, servants of Sauron.  The central figure depicted centrally in the piece could equally be a hooded Glorfindel riding in haste or a lone member of the Nine poised on the hunt in the open country.

"They said that the Nine were abroad, and that you were astray bearing a great burden without guidance, for Gandalf had not returned.  There are few even in Rivendell that can ride openly against the Nine; but such as there were, Elrond sent out north, west and south...It was my lot to take the Road, and I came to the Bridge of Mitheithel...the servants of Sauron were upon the Bridge, but they withdrew and I pursued them westward...Since then I have searched for your trail.  Two days ago I found it..."

The Fellowship of the Ring 
Book II Chapter XII: Flight to the Ford  p.210

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