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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228908
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's a ton of fun, well put together and has a great softback design. I highly recommend." -- Book Legion (added by author)

"I would say that this book is a must for every Ringer. Braun's research is extensive, his interviews with artists and extras are delightful, and his facts are far from repeats." --Megan Hayner, TheOneRing.com (added by author)

"Author J.W. Braun, an eminently qualified aficionado of the movies, offers readers a dragon's lair of information about the creation, production and marketing of the films as well as the cultural zeitgeists surrounding each theatrical release."  —Scene Magazine



"The Lord of the Films is one of those cases where the back cover bumpf is actually true . . . after reading this book, you'll go back and watch the trilogy again with a fresh pair of eyes, as if it's the first time you're watching it."  —TheOneRing.net



"Braun has somehow managed to capture every little additional detail you could ask for from The Lord of the Rings films every step of the way. The book is wonderful as either light reading for fans of the films looking for more LotR content and deeper appreciation, or as a companion guide while the movies play on the television."  —Buzzine

About the Author

J. W. Braun has been a Lord of the Rings fan since the 1980s and followed every detail of the film adaptations from beginning to end on his website. He lives in Burlington, Wisconsin.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Roland on August 22, 2009
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Oh, I know many people, other than "Ringers", will find this book delightful.
But for Ringers... WOW!... for us, this book is a real treasure. So much information...WONDERFUL 'behind the scenes' stuff ... hours and hours of delightful discoveries that will add to my enjoyment ( and yours, I'm sure ) each time we watch the films. J.W. Braun did his homework, and we are grateful recipients of this absolutely FUN romp through our favorite movies, the films of Middle Earth. Now, along with reading and re-reading LOTR, I'm going to be reading and re-reading Lord of the Films. Thanks, J.W.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Johnson on August 19, 2009
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This is an excellent book every fan of the LOTR films will love. I thought I knew everything about The Lord of the Rings, but Braun did his homework and the result is page after page of "Wow, that's cool, I didn't know that" info. Throw in lots of cast and crew photos and interviews, and you have the icing on the cake. While the book could be longer (it's about 220 pages), it's definitely a must have for any LOTR fan."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Vanderburg on August 20, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised by Lord of the Films. J.W. Braun takes you by the hand and guides you through all three films with love and a sense of humor; you can tell he loves what he does!

You'll like this book whether you're a hard-core Tolkien fan or if you've never read The Lord of the Rings but just like the films. This book is a must-have!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
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I bought this book after seeing the The Lord of the Rings trilogy for my fifth time and realizing, like Gollum's precious, that I needed more. The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen is a quick and fun read brimming with movie trivia. While I enjoyed reading it, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed.

First, the good. If you love the movies, you'll probably learn a few interesting tidbits from The Lord of the Films. These range from bloopers to special effects to legal disputes behind the film. For example, even after watching all of the "making of" extras on the DVDs, I never realized that Kate Winslet and Sean Connery had been asked to be in the film (as Eowyn and Gandalf, respectively). Mercifully, they both said no, allowing us to enjoy the performances of Miranda Otto and Ian McKellan. The book is written for a wide range of audiences, so even diehard LOTR fans will probably learn something. It also includes some interesting interviews (including one with Zac the Orc) and trivia games at the end.

Unfortunately, The Lord of the Films is organized more like a factoid/trivia collection than a historical narrative of the film production. Each fact only receives a sentence or two. This is unfortunate, because some of the issues merit a longer discussion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carina Gunder on September 19, 2009
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As a fan of both LotR and trivia, this book was right up my alley. In addition to the plethora of interesting facts about the creation and impact of the three films, Braun's writing was entertaining and humorous. Reading the book made me remember all the things I love about the LotR story (both the book and the films) and want to revisit both!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather Cuthill on September 14, 2009
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A wonderful collection of facts, anecdotes, interviews and trivia for LOTR fans. I really enjoyed it! I didn't realize there were so many things I STILL didn't know about the making of the films. Kudos to the author for what must have been a long and grueling process of researching this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2010
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For the record, I am a mildly fanatical "Lord of the Rings" fan, both movies and books.

So unsurprisingly I was overjoyed to find out about "The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen." It wasn't quite what I expected, since it's not so much a guide as a collection of Tolkienian trivia and behind-the-scenes information about the moviemaking process -- but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable, highly informative read.

J.W. Braun gives some lavish backstory to the making of the movie trilogy and the stuff that came before it, such as Bakshi's disastrous half-finished cartoon version. He also inserts some nice interviews with people involved in production: artist Paul Lasaine, makeup artist Vance Hartwell, "Zac the Orc," and design artist Daniel Falconer.

Each of the three movies is subdivided into important scenes and stretches of the narrative, and each of these chapters is filled with fascinating facts. Every chapter starts off on a light note with "What the Big Folk Were Saying" -- in other words, the weird and funny stuff that people in the theatres said ("Someone tell that thing his comb-over isn't working"), and there are fun little side-chapters that list various stuff about the movie (the worst merchandising toys! Easter eggs! The animated versions!).
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J.W. Braun (1975) was born in Wisconsin and studied the art of writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His books focus on popular films.

He is married and enjoys playing piano, exercising, and spending time with his family.