Middle-earth from Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

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For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined--an illustrious compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of the blockbuster film franchises, The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.
They said it couldn't be done, but in an effort spanning a decade and undertaken in a distant corner of the world, a team of artists and creative visionaries laboured to bring the unfilmable to the silver screen. Under the direction of Sir Peter Jackson, their extraordinary efforts to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit generated almost 24 hours of cinematic wonder, and transported audiences to a world of astonishing beauty and power.
Richly illustrated with thousands of film frames, concept art and behind-the-scenes imagery, many previously unseen, Middle-earth: From Script to Screen follows in the footsteps of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, visiting the realms and landscapes of Middle-earth and uncovering their secrets. Accompanying this stunning gallery, cast and crew reflect upon their experiences, share brand-new stories and insights into how the wildernesses and soundstages of New Zealand were transformed into a magical world of hobbits, Dwarves and Elves, resulting in one of the most spectacular achievements in cinematic history.
With foreword by Sir Peter Jackson and additional writing by K.M. Rice; illustrated with final film imagery, behind-the-scenes pictures and conceptual artwork, including places not seen in the final films, this monumental compilation offers unique and far-reaching insights into the creation of the world we know and love as Middle-earth.

3 comments on “Middle-earth from Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit”

  1. Indescribable and Recommended. The journey to create Tolkien’s world is not for the faint of heart. I’m not one to give praise wantonly or often—especially when I just order something on a whim. I expected far less than I got and wonder why anyone could even begin to attempt to capture this world in as well as the WETA Workshop. The idea of a series pales in comparison at the amount of work I’ve seen in this book—and I wasn’t a fan of the films until I saw the work and detail that went into those films. Whether you’re a...

  2. This must be the most amazing Middle Earth book ever printed. Oh. My. Word. What a book! It weighs over 5 pounds. It's huge, easily now the largest book I own. Every page filled with color photographs. I can't wait to sit down and devour it, it'll take months. If you are looking for a Christmas present (or gift for Any occasion) for someone who loves LOTR and The Hobbit, this will be perfect. I am overwhelmed. It is a Masterpiece.

  3. Magnificent work of art This book is phenomenal. Others have already described how big and beautiful it is. So I'll just ask - are you (or anyone you know) the kind of person who has watched every minute of every one of the appendices in the Extended Editions of all six films? Do you find the almost unbelievable backstory of how the films came to be made to be almost as interesting and fun as the films themselves? Then you MUST have this book. If you are that person, you will already recognize the name of the...

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