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The Art of The Lord of the Rings Hardcover – November 15, 2004


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GARY RUSSELL traveled to film production sites in New Zealand to conduct hundreds of exclusive interviews with the principal artists whose work is detailed in this book. The author of The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Art of the Return of the King, Russell has worked widely in media as a magazine editor, novelist, columnist, and audio drama producer.
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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (November 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618510982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618510986
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the foreword of "The Art of The Lord of the Rings," Gary Russell reveals that he always intended to create a "best of" book, after doing the previous books for the hit movie trilogy. Now that all the extended versions are out, and everybody knows the ending, this Best Of collection proves itself to be just as useful as Russell's previous books.

As the previous books have had, Russell takes a look at all sorts of concept art for the films: There are storyboards, intricate pencil drawings, paintings, and action shots. Some of it was previously unreleased, like a picture of Gandalf the Grey looking over an army. Quite a few of the pictures are almost identical to the film, especially the digital shots, which are 100% realistic. And there is even a gallery of maquette models, including trolls, Shelob, mumakil, Treebeard, the king of the dead and the intricate Easterling armor.

The difference between this and Russell's prior books? Here, Russell divides the artwork by artist, rather than by subject. As a result, readers can get a better idea on what the assorted artists specialized at, and their different concepts about what "Lord of the Rings" should look like.

First and foremost are the legendary Alan Lee and John Howe. Lee's artwork is very vivid and action-based, and his color pictures are almost like photos. Howe's are mostly black and white, extremely detailed, and are more delicate than Lee's more muscular style. Without a doubt, these guys were the bedrock for all the concept art.

But there are quite a few other artists included, and each has their own style and focus.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Owning all of the Boxed sets of the LOTR's trilogy I found myself utterly fascinated with the various documentaries on the discs about the making of the film. Especially with the art designs..the paintings, storyboards, miniatures...Here are men who are supremely talented artists whose paintings and drawings would never been seen by most people were it not for the DVDs and books like this. This is high art...Gorgeous and breathtaking and on a par if not surpassing the works of people like the Hildebrandt Brothers who have been long known for their paintings of Middle Earth. Next to people like Alan Lee, the Hildebrandts work seems child-like in its intent.

The painting of the Nazgul looking down like a vulture over the town of Bree, just waiting is marvelous. The Nazgul, their wriath images revealed to a startled Frodo when he puts the ring on atop Weathertop, Treebeard, Shelob...the fantastic pencil drawings. These films created literally thousands of masterpieces of fantasy art. Just a fantastic book and at over 200 pages it's not some fluff marketing item, but a book for serious fans and collectors.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Cunha Silva on December 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This volume is so Beauty Full - although not as good as "The Art Of The Return Of The King", nor "The Lord Of The Rings, Weapons And Warfare" - and have so many New pictures and final concepts of the movies that were NOT in the other three The Art Of...

I recommend for people who really are addicted to the movies like me! I have all the movie books of this marvellous trilogy! All of them have different pictures!

There are 17 LOTR movie books such as The Art Of (4 with this one) + Visual Companions (4) + Official Movie Guide + The Making Of The Movie Trilogy + Weapons And Warfare + Gollum, How We Made Movie Magic + Photo Guides (5 different ones including The Two Towers Creatures)!!!

For curious people I recommend also There And Back Again, An Actor's Tale by Sean Astin with Joe Layden and The Rough Guide To The Lord Of The Rings! Also The Songbooks (Piano/Vocal/Chords) of The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King! At last inside the DVD The Evolution Of Gollum there is another beautiful book - You can find it in The Two Towers SEE DVD Gift Box!

If you like these movies get all the movie books of The Lord Of The Rings before they run out! I don't think that all the editions are going to last forever!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Firem on March 21, 2006
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Its a comprehensive book of the best concept art for LOTR, some of which wasnt included in the previous volumes. The background paintings are a must have. I suggest people purchase this book rather than the other volumes, as it covers all 3 films.
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After three art books for each movie in the LOTR trilogy, Gary Russell collects "best" artwork from all the movies, favorite works of the artists themselves, and his own favorites. Most of the views featured here are broad, dramatic landscapes, outdoor scenes of various citadels and battles, although there are some studies of fantastic creatures and costumes. Many of these pictures are better and/or different than movie scenes of the same subject. For instance, there are some quite imaginative studies for the mountain Paths of the Dead that were never incorporated into the movie. There are very satisfying studies of Lothlorien and Fangorn which, in my view, exceed the beauty of the movie scenes. There are views of Rivendell, but, so far, I've not seen a depiction of that place which fulfills my own INDEFINITE idea of how it ought to look.

(The landscape setting is fine, an exceedingly marvelous dell in a chasm riven by waterfalls. But there is something about the roof-lines in some--not all--views of Rivendell that I dislike. There is one huge, heavy, quadrangular massive roof, and there are widely outstretched horizontal lines that seem to compete too strongly with light, up-pointing Gothic-type roof-spires. Since Tolkein referred to Rivendell as the "last homely home," maybe there should have been a great hearth somewhere. A banquet scene, which might have contributed to a warm, homey atmosphere, was planned but was left out of the final film. The drawing of Rivendell which is placed opposite the Forward of this book is closer to how I might imagine Rivendell should look, if only because it shows smoke coming out of a chimney. But, I'm not really sure that the Fire element belongs in the very Watery Rivendell of the movie.
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