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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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30.4.14

Beyond the woodland...monochrome series collection #4


Aftermath, high towers, open country and moments of quiet reflection are the subject of this latest post. New pieces appear for the first time alongside monochrome variants of previous works that are allowed a fresh presentation when drained of colour.

A weary road far from home



Open country: feet of the westward slopes
(View towards the watchtower)


‘The hills drew nearer.  They made an undulating ridge, often rising almost to a thousand feet, and here and there falling again to low clefts or passes leading into the eastern land beyond.  Along the crest of the ridge the hobbits could see what looked to be the remains of green-grown walls and dikes, and in the clefts there still stood the ruins of old works of stone.  By night they had reached the feet of the westward slopes, and there they camped.  It was the night of the fifth of October, and they were six nights out from Bree.’

The Fellowship of the Ring Chapter 11 A Knife in the dark p.184/185
The Lord of the Rings Book I (J.R.R Tolkien)




Open country: pike from afar
Charcoal, pencil and oil




Aftermath at Isengard (a wizard's voice)




To the high tower over the trees (Beyond the woodland)


At the highest council
Of half-elven host
The Grey Pilgrim
Wise wizard
Accounts
Of the
Secretive
Tower of Stone
And the fate he befell

‘...in the midst of that valley is a tower of stone called Orthanc.  It was not made by Saruman, but by the Men of Numenor long ago; and it is very tall and has many secrets; yet it looks not to be a work of craft.  It cannot be reached save by passing the circle of Isengard; and in that circle there is only one gate.’

The Fellowship of the Ring Chapter 2 The council of Elrond p.258
The Lord of the Rings Book II (J.R.R Tolkien)




Encounter in a woodland glade monochrome variation


This meeting couple need not be disturbed
Speak of them if you wish
For it will make a nice game of identities...


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