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Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings Movie Books

Books about the making of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, movie art and photo books and guides.

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The Making of the Movie Trilogy
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"Making of the Movie" Books by Brian Sibley

The Making of the Movie Trilogy (The Lord of the Rings)
by Brian Sibley.

"The official inside story on the making of the award-winning movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings." Sibley's second book, this one focuses mostly on The Two Towers and includes over 300 photos (some from Return of the King), cast interviews, and much more - including world and cast reaction to the premier of the first movie. A terrific book for Lord of the Rings movie fans.
Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide
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The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide
by Brian Sibley

The complete story of the making of the films (emphasis on The Fellowship of the Ring) from inception to completion, including lots of great behind-the-scenes photos. Includes interviews with the cast, emphasizing the cameraderie and enthusiasm generated by Peter Jackson and shared by everyone. A great book to have along with the movies.
Return of the King Visual Companion
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Lord of the Rings Visual Companion Books by Jude Fisher

These outstanding books are among the very best. All kinds of information on Middle-earth, the characters and places in the movies. Includes lots of beautiful color photographs plus maps of Middle-earth. Any Tolkien fan would treasure these books.

The series includes:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of Ring Visual Companion
The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Visual Companion
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Visual Companion
The Art of the Return of the King
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The Art of the Lord of the Rings Books by Gary Russell

From the first book's description: "Russell spent time ... in New Zealand, conducting interviews with director Peter Jackson, special effects guru Richard Taylor, art directors Paul Lasainne, Dan Hennah, and Chris Hennah, costumer Ngila Dickson, and Alan Lee and John Howe. Featuring everything from pencil sketches to the finished objects, his book gives detailed descriptions of why and how this groundbreaking film looks as exciting as it does." All three of Russell's books are absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommended.

The series includes:

The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring
The Art of The Two Towers
The Art of the Return of the King
Return of the King Photo Guide
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Movie Photo Guides by David Brawn

Some other terrific books (and some reviewers like them better than the Visual Companion series) are David Drawn's photo guides:

The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Movie Photo Guide
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Photo Guide
Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare
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The Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare
by Chris Smith, Christopher Lee (Foreword)

Weapons and Warfare provides specially commissioned battle plans and an in-depth analysis of the action and outcome of each encounter, all lavishly illustrated in full color. Here too readers will find a photographic record of all the weapons and fighting styles specific to each culture: dwarves, elves, hobbits, wizards, the men of Rohan and Gondor, the different races of orcs, Easterlings, and more.
Lord of the Rings Location Guide Book
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Lord of the Rings: Location Guidebook
by Ian Brodie

Full-color photographs highlight this guide book to the Lord of the Rings movie set locations in New Zealand. The author's personal interest led him to write the book, which has since become fully authorized by Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema. Brodie is now the official Middle-earth spokesperson for Air New Zealand. A great buy if you are headed to New Zealand on vacation. Maps, directions and GPS coordinates included.

Brodie has issued a companion book, The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Travel Diary, an empty book for you to record your travel experiences in New Zealand. Bah, greed speaks - save your money.
Gollum by Andy Serkis
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Gollum: A Behind the Scenes Guide of the Making of Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)
by Andy Serkis

"Fully illustrated with more than one hundred exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and drawings, and with contributions from the many designers and animators who brought Gollum to life, this book examines the transition to the big screen of one of literature's most unforgettable creatures. As the filming takes him from London to Wellington, and from the Misty Mountains to Mount Doom, Andy Serkis explains the methods - and the madness - behind the most amazing five years in this actor's life." book description.
Rough Guide to the Lord of the Rings
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The Rough Guide to the Lord of the Rings (Rough Guides Reference Titles)
by Paul Simpson, Helen Rodiss, Michaela Bushell

"This guide to the "Lord of the Rings" provides an entertaining and informative insight into the books, the films and their creator, J.R.R. Tolkien. It serves as an introduction to those who have seen the films but fear the books are for "anoraks" and is of sufficient depth for devoted Tolkienites. It tracks the evolution of the "Lord of the Rings" phenomenon from Ronald Tolkien's upbringing and contemporaries such as C.S. Lewis to the revival of fantasy fiction, the obsessive fans and the trilogy's influence on figures from George Lucas to J.K. Rowling. There is also an in-depth look at the characters, a guide to Middle Earth and a rundown of the best film locations to visit, including practical details of how to get there and where best to stay." book description.