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The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings) Hardcover – June 12, 2002
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The third tie-in volume to Peter Jackson's smash film adaptation of the fantasy epic spotlights the hundreds of paintings, sketches, and models used to construct the film's sets, design costumes, build props, and more. Essentially, this is a catalog of roughly 500 striking images of the conceptual art juxtaposed with the finished item used on film, whether it be a house, a cloak, weaponry, or any of the assorted beasties. The book covers all facets of the physical creation of Tolkien's world on film. The illustrations are accompanied with captions written by British writer/editor Russell and based on interviews conducted with the numerous painters, sculptors, costume designers, prop makers, and others responsible for converting the story from page to screen. Because of the price, the film's legions of fans might not want to pop for the book themselves, but they will gladly borrow it, so it's worth the investment. Recommended. Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
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"It's worth the investment. Recommended" Library Journal
"Showcases hundreds of set, costume and character designs used in creating the acclaimed film." The Los Angeles Times
"The visual quality was stunning [The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]. This book captures the look and feel." Kansas City Star
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The book is divided into 4 chapters - Locations, Costumes, Armory and Creatures. The LOCATIONS chapter is by far the largest - with extensive coverage of Bag End and Hobbiton, Bree, Weathertop, Ford of Bruinen, Rivendell, Moria, Isengard, Lothlorien, the River Anduin, Mordor and Amon Hen. One of my favorites is the sketch of the Bag End floor plan (with its pantries and cellars that we don�t get to see in the film). There are also sketches of the interior of the Green Dragon Inn (which we never saw on the film but which will hopefully make an appearance on the Special Extended Edition VHS/DVD to be released in November). The COSTUMES chapter shows the various design sketches by Ngila Dickson and Sylvana Sacco. All the main characters (from Frodo to Galadriel to Sauron - as well Gandalf�s pipes!) are featured. Costume designer Ngila Dickson also gives snippets on the influences of the costumes as well as the reasons why certain design themes were chosen (e.g. Boromir�s Gondorian costume is drawn from Byzantine influences and how Legolas� costume was the most difficult to design). The ARMORY section shows all the various swords, daggers, insignias, shields, etc. carried by the characters. Included are Frodo�s mithril shirt and the various armor as worn by Elendil, Elrond and GilGalad in the Prologue. The final chapter, and not the least interesting, is the CREATURES section with its sketches, maquettes, paintings and screenshots of Orcs, Urukhai, the Cave Troll, the Ringwraiths, the Watcher of the Water and the spectacular Balrog. One of the most interesting are the various versions of the Balrog (from more human-like to reptilian to the final version with wings).
What�s wonderful about this book is that it really gives you the essence of the monumental task of bringing the films to life. So many talented individuals collaborated to breath life into Professor Tolkien�s Middle Earth. Mind you, this book isn�t all visuals: each picture is accompanied by the description of the picture, the artist and background information on the picture (e.g. how it was used in the film, why it was rejected, Peter Jackson�s ideas). For instance, on his sketch of the Balrog, John Howe describes why he chose to give the Balrog wings (and Peter Jackson�s response to it). Alan Lee's beautiful paintings and drawings are also showcased in this book.
If you are a fan of the books and/or the film, are interested in art, or enjoy books with lots (and I mean loads) of wonderful visuals, then I couldn�t recommend this book highly enough. I�m already looking forward to The Art of The Two Towers and can�t wait to see what Gary Russell has in store for us in the next couple of years!
I am not even listing LotR die-hard fans, as I know they wouldn't be able to call themselves die-hard without having this book and be able to sleep at night.
I have a complaint though, altough the book has incredible paintings that will get you excited, after I finished it, I had the feeling that it was not complete. I expected more drawings, more insight from the creators. It also ends abrubtly, you turn a page of Balrog sculpture and it ends. I at least expected a word from the author.
I try to be understanding as I imagine the amount of material they must have and the limitations of putting them together in a readable book, but I can't stop from thinking that this was another marketing strategy, making us buy the latest 5 disc Dvd edition...