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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

3.3.14

War comes to the Pelennor fields

The City besieged (enclosed in a ring of foes)


A hellish vision of the battle of Pelennor fields is presented here suggesting all manner of brutality and ruin before the gates of Minas Tirith.  The scene is bleak and the citadel is succumbing to the might of Mordor...all but for the glimmer of hope to the right of the composition and the approach of the riders of Rohan.


The City besieged colour variant


‘Ever since the middle night the great assault had gone on...There came great beasts, like moving houses in the red and fitful light...All before the walls on either side of the Gate the ground was choked with wreck and with bodies of the slain; yet still driven as by a madness more and more came up...Horns, horns, horns.  In dark Mindolluin’s sides they dimly echoed.  Great horns of the north blowing.  Rohan had come at last.’

The Return of the King Chapter 4 The Siege of Gondor p.828-29
The Lord of the Rings Book V (J.R.R Tolkien)



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