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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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For the Fall of Sauron: Artwork features in 'Mechtild'

Exactly a week back it was March 25th or Tolkien Reading Day and Tolkien-related reading, events and commemorations are entered into by Tolkienists, Tolkien enthusiasts and fanatics.  March 25th, on the calendar of events in The Lord of the Rings is the anniversary of The Fall of Sauron also known as the "day of hope" (as declared by Aragorn).

The Tolkien-focused journal Mechtild commemorated this anniversary with a potent and moving poem entitled Hope by Janet Alvarez (pen-name Jan-u-wine) along with a request to include two pieces of artwork of mine that reference Sauron's domain.

With thanks to Linda Backman aka 'Mechtild' and Janet Alvarez the full article from March 25th can be read below:



  1. Wonderful news, John! Janet is a friend and doing some exceptional work. I hope that you can do more consolidated pieces in the future.

  2. Thanks Becky! Yes, Janet's poetry is very powerful and I was instantly moved by "Hope" and it is etched into my imagination. Sorry this reply and publishing of your comment has come late - all comments need to be moderated to filter out the spam and sometimes a number of days go by without me checking in to review the comment list. Greatly appreciate you dropping by to browse!