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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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Cold country, fearful forest (inspired by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)

A rare post here concerned not with Middle-earth but Arthurian legend, with specific focus on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  The link to Tolkien is clear on account of his translation of the legendary tale undertaken during the 1920's (published posthumously much later).  I'm forever drawn to alliterative verse and so keep returning to Sir Gawain, which will also be the case for Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur (published in 2013).  Similar to the inspiring aspects that The Lord of the Rings has on my artwork the catalyst that prompted me to embark on work inspired by this tale is the strength of the landscape writing.  My first discovery and my most favourite rendering of Sir Gawain is by Poet Simon Armitage whose presentation of the harsh natural landscape coupled with his mastery of colourful alliteration is a joy to behold.

Departing Knight

Gawain's travails in the forest

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