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“If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the nerd who has everything, Middle-Earth Envisioned should be on your shopping list. It’s a lovely looking book filled with enough trivia and gorgeous artwork to fill the kingdom of Erebor”.” – HeGeekSheGeek.com

“Middle-earth Envisioned is a must-have for Tolkien fans. Featuring adaptations of his works around the world, from radio and television, to comics, board games, video games, Legos, and more – this is a book that truly covers all things Middle-earth.” - Gamesfiends.com

About the Author

Brian J. Robb is a New York Times/Sunday Times best-selling author. Among his works are Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV, a critical and cultural history of the TV series (Kamera, 2009), A Brief History of Star Trek (forthcoming, Constable & Robinson, 2012) and A Brief History of Star Wars (forthcoming, Constable & Robinson, 2012). He has also written Silent Cinema (Kamera, 2007), Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film (Titan, 2005), and Screams and Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven (Titan, 1998). He is the biographer of River Phoenix (Plexus, 1994), Heath Ledger (Plexus, 2008), Brad Pitt (Plexus, 2001), Johnny Depp (Plexus, 2006) and Keanu Reeves (Plexus, 2003), among others. He's also written books on Laurel and Hardy (Pocket Essentials, 2008), Ridley Scott (Pocket Essentials, 2005) and James Cameron (Pocket Essentials, 2002).Paul Simpson has written official guides to the TV series Farscape and Smallville and the movies The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, as well as unofficial books on subjects as diverse as James Bond, Nicole Kidman, and the TV series The O.C.

Paul Simpson has written official guides to the TV series Farscape and Smallville and the movies The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, as well as unofficial books on subjects as diverse as James Bond, Nicole Kidman, and the TV series The O.C. He wrote an unofficial guide to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A regular visitor to film and TV sets, he has reported for many newspapers and magazines, including TV Guide. For five years, he was the editor of the official licensed Star Trek Magazine. He wrote That's What They Want You to Think for Zenith Press and co-authored Middle-earth Envisioned for Race Point Publishing.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Race Point Publishing; First Edition edition (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937994279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937994273
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian J. Robb is the author of a series of Hollywood biographies, including an international best-seller on Leonardo DiCaprio. Other subjects have included Scream director Wes Craven and Hollywood stars Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Nicolas Cage, Will Smith and River Phoenix.

He is currently Managing Editor at Titan Magazines, a publisher of film and TV related titles in the UK. In addition, he edits the UK's Official Star Wars Magazine, as well as being Managing Editor on Dreamwatch, an international cult film and television magazine.

He is a journalist of 20 years standing who has held a variety of film-related jobs, including Publications Editor of the British Film Institute, editing publications for the 1990 London Film Festival, as well as publications for the 1991 Edinburgh Film Festival and the 1991 British Film Festival in Washington DC.

He was film and video critic for the Edinburgh Evening News for eight years and has contributed film reviews to Scot FM and BBC Radio Scotland. He has worked for the Radio Times and TV Guide, ran a local newspaper group in Edinburgh and was the Founding Editor of Scottish Arts Monthly.

In addition, he has worked on The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday newspapers and contributed freelance work to The Guardian, The Daily Record, Scotsman Magazine, Fear, Fantasy Zone, Doctor Who Monthly, Film Monthly, Dreamwatch and Starburst, as well as regular columns for ZX Computing magazine in the mid-1980s.

Brian has an MA in Film & TV Studies from the University of Glasgow and a postgraduate diploma in Journalism Studies from University College, Cardiff.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T on January 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Being that I am a Tolkien fan I thought that this book would be fun to review as I love seeing all the different ways things have been done with stories such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I remember the first time I was introduced to The Hobbit, I was just a child - probably no more than nine or ten years old - and I was fascinated by the story played out in front of me on the TV screen as a cartoon movie. That is specifically when I think I really fell in love with Tolkien's works.

This book is something that will touch not only the most avid fans of Tolkien's works but those who know very little of him too. Explaining how these stories came about, how they were adapted not only to stage but movie and radio, and even going into Peter Jackson's versions that are now what we think of when we hear The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. The nice thing with Middle Earth Envisioned is that it doesn't just stop with the previously mentioned adaptations. It covers games, Legos, and even fan work! I found it amazing that the fan work was recognized as a lot of times it goes unnoticed or at least unpublished.

The book is the size of a coffee table book and has beautiful pictures and illustrations. It's a beautiful book that I will be leaving out on an end table for my guests and children to peruse. This is definitely something I would highly recommend for the Tolkien fan in your life! Rated at 5 stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Olson on December 22, 2013
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I had really hoped for better coverage of the vast amount of excellent art done for LotR and The Hobbit, but this disappoints on that, instead going into detail on old TV and audio productions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cunningham on May 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Coinciding with the release of Peter Jackson’s first instalment of his cinematic interpretation of The Hobbit this book contains a surprisingly comprehensive overview of just how both Tolkien’s, ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ have been translated and transformed through mediums such as audio, screen, canvas and theatrical performance. Almost in the spirit of such a venture the book itself is ‘coffee-table’ friendly and lavishly illustrated throughout. By way of introduction the authors briefly illuminate the residue which has gradually seeped from the written page and been moulded into grand spectacle, as well as every related facet in-between. A prologue ensures that any reader not familiar with Tolkien’s name, outside of his accreditation on the opening titles of Jackson’s films, is provided with a distilled account of his life together with summaries of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Part I of the book is under the heading of ‘The Hobbit’ and contains four chapters naturally concentrating on interpretations of that title. Opening with a look at the audio adaptations the subsequent chapters prove quite in-depth while maintaining a textural flavour suitable to the casual reader. Each adaptation is examined – some more than others – in continuity beginning with the 1953 Canadian radio broadcast then roving through Kilgarriff’s 1968 endeavours in some detail, and engagingly written nuggets such as this are peppered throughout the book. A seemingly small aside such as how when the original audio sources of Tolkien reading aloud extracts from his books were later remastered much of the background ambience such as the creak of his chair, or the rustle of papers, were lost.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Smotherman on December 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth has been translated into nearly every media imaginable, and Middle-Earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage and Beyond by Paul Simpson and Brian J. Robb collects some of the greatest examples of each. Tolkien was so descriptive of his land in his original works, but yet there is apparently still plenty of room for interpretations.

Of course, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been seen as very successful movies, both live-action and animated, but we also get to see how the stories were adapted into radio dramas, painted comics, stage performances, and games, both video and tabletop. There are also chapters devoted to fan artwork, musical inspirations, and even the martial arts of Middle-earth.

The book is beautifully packaged. The pages themselves are artful with backgrounds that reminded She Geek of an elven Shutterfly album, which makes the book feel like a personalized scrapbook. Although there is a ton of information in Middle-Earth Envisioned, it is structured so that you can jump directly to those segments of fandom that fascinate you most without feeling overwhelmed all at once.

By the way, if you think geek girls are a new phenomenon, one fascinating tidbit we learned from Middle-Earth Envisioned might surprise you. In 1964, The New Princess and Girl magazine printed a 15-part illustrated serial of The Hobbit. That’s right, it was known 50 years ago that girls are allowed to like fantasy books, yet women are still having to defend their love of geekery today. It’s time to give it a rest, haters.

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the nerd who has everything, Middle-Earth Envisioned should be on your shopping list. It’s a lovely looking book filled with enough trivia and gorgeous artwork to fill the kingdom of Erebor.

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