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The Fellowship of the Ring Photo Guide (The Lord of the Rings) Paperback – November 19, 2001


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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.
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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (November 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618195580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618195589
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting new children's photo guide for the hit fantasy epic "Lord of the Rings"'s movie adaptation. Not quite the same as the adult ones, which have more complete info about places and people, but if your kid has never read LOTR and needs some basic info, this is the right book.
It has an excellent array of photos, of such characters as Legolas, the hobbits, the Uruk-Hai, Aragorn, as well as pictures of places: Bag End, Bilbo's birthday party, the tower of Orthanc, Lothlorien, Moria, and so forth. Some of the photos are unsatisfying -- we see only snippets of Rivendell, for example. Some of the pictures are so widely circulated that I wasn't interested, like Gimli kneeling at his cousin's grace, Arwen glancing at the camera, and the I've-seen-it-so-many-times-I'm-sick-of-it photo of Frodo staring at Sting, the sword given to him by Bilbo Baggins.
But there are photos not generally shown, like the picture of the four hobbits solemnly holding their swords, blades pointing down; Legolas holding his quiver, and a great still of Aragorn attacking the Nazgul on Weathertop. One slight disappointment is that the many amazing CGI effects (with the exception of shrinking John Rhys-Davies and the hobbit actors) go completely untouched. But perhaps they did not translate well to photo stills, or they didn't want to spoil the effect.
Often there are movie quotes (many of them taken out of the final cut) are near the photos, either quotes from the characters themselves, or relating to them. The text itself seemed a little dumbed-down, but as this appears to be a kids' book for new watchers, perhaps that isn't such a bad thing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
With over 70 terrific and colorful pictures, this is a must have for "Lord of the Rings" fans. Since I have not yet been able to go see the movie since the movie won't be coming out till April here in Japan, I must satisfy myself with books that are out on "The Lord of the Rings".
This is not necessarily what I would call a "Photo Guide" but it's like a story book with plenty of pictures. Though it is said that this book is for ages 9-12, this book can be enjoyed by any ages of people. Not only does it have over 70 amazing color photos, it also includes previously unseen images and direct quotes from the movie. My favorite part of the book is probably page 33, "The Nine Companions", which shows pictures and quotes from Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Boromir.
Very enjoyable and mesmerizing, I can recommend this book to anyone! I love this book very much and it was a great Christmas present for me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry Bridges on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is apparently intended as the equivalent for children of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion." Both that book and this one have pages devoted to the various characters and settings of "The Fellowship of the Ring" with color photographs of them as they are depicted in the upcoming movie. However, this does not mean that adult fans of "The Lord of the Rings" who already have the "Visual Companion" will not want this book as well, since each book has many beautiful photos and quotations from the movie's script not included in the other.
Unlike the "Visual Companion," this book is arranged more as a bare-bones synopsis of the film's story, so that the action sequence on Weathertop, for example, is represented by a two-page photograph. The book nonetheless avoids major spoilers for young people who have not read Tolkien's book, saying only that the Fellowship "pays a terrible price for their escape from Moria" and not revealing anything that happens after the Fellowship leaves Lothlorien.
Unfortunately, many of the copies of this book I saw at my local bookstore had some sort of printing problem on the first page devoted to Lothlorien, with dark ink spattered over the page. If you buy this book in a bookstore, I suggest that you check whether the books have this problem and, if so, search for one in which the problem is as minor as possible. (The copy I finally bought only had this problem in a minor way.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on December 12, 2001
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I was given this book at an office Christmas party as a "different" gift from somebody who knows I love this series and can't wait for the movie.
Being a children's book, of course, I can't review it in the same way I've reviewed the other books I've done. What I can say about this, though, is that it would be a perfect introduction for a child before going to see the movie. It has so many stills from the movie, and many of them are exciting. Especially good are the shots of Hobbiton, the town where Frodo has grown up. I always wondered how they were going to make a set for the holes that hobbits live in, and there were a few photos that showed me how they look in the movie. They look *really* good. There are pictures of all the major characters, pictures of orcs (which many kids will find really neat). There are a couple pictures of fight sequences.
The accompanying text is simple, straightforward, and gives a summary of what the movie will be about. It mentions that the ring was forged by Sauron, who then lost it in battle and has been trying desperately to find it again. The forming of the Fellowship is shown with a few other stills from the movie, showing each character.
If anything, the photos have whetted my appetite for the movie even more. I can't wait to go see it. If you're thinking of taking your children to see the movie (and I'll leave aside for the moment whether or not that's a good idea, because that's an issue in itself), this book would be a great way to get them started.
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