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The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Paperback – 1 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Rev. ed edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007179251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869504526
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Brodie is a household name in New Zealand and is one of the countries biggest selling non-fiction authors.

The 52-year-old Matamata man is recognised as the 'Lord of the Rings' guru. Author of three runaway best selling books, which are guides to the locations used in the New Zealand made trilogy, his fame has spread internationally.

In a New Zealand publishing record more than 320,000 guidebooks have sold and received the prestigious Platinum Award from Booksellers NZ. A coffee table version was released in August 2004 and has received the Silver Award.

Ian Brodie was born in Auckland and once his schooling was complete at Otahuhu College, he entered the travel industry working in a travel agency. He discovered a flair for the work and soon transferred from Auckland to Christchurch to manage an agency.

He later joined Air New Zealand where he eventually became Electronics Distribution System Co-ordinator for the South West Pacific.

His passion for aeroplanes was matched by his passion for photography and as a hobby he began taking air to air photographs.

This led him to a meeting with one of New Zealand's renowned aviators, Sir Tim Wallis and a subsequent job in Wanaka promoting Sir Tim's warbirds collection.

It was the start of a long association and in 1992 Ian Brodie spearheaded the establishment of the well known New Zealand Fighter Pilot's Museum at the Wanaka Airport.

Brodie is also a key player in the internationally renowned Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow that began in 1988 and is held every two years. His intimate knowledge of the aircraft has seen him take on the role of commentator at the show as well as at similar events in the USA and U.K. Every New Zealand winter sees him in England as a regular commentator at Kemble and Biggin Hill.

In 1997 he spent time in Seattle as a consultant for Microsoft during the development of their Combat Flight Simulator software.

He has nine aviation books to his credit, including the history of the Hurricane and still regularly writes articles and contributes photographs to aviation magazines worldwide.

Ian Brodie's obsession with aircraft is only matched by his obsession for the J.R.R.Tolkien trilogy and film. At the age of 14 he read 'The Lord of the Rings' for the first time. Today he has lost count of how many times he has read the series.

He was the logical person to write the locations guidebooks and quickly saw an opportunity once the first movie in the series was announced. His 'Lord of the Rings' role grew rapidly and he was the Air New Zealand 'Lord of the Rings' ambassador for two years.

Brodie researched, co-produced and helped present the Television NZ Documentary "The Real Middle-earth" which aired in February 2004. He has also appeared with Phil Keoghan as a co-presenter of a Discovery Channel documentary on New Zealand. He appears regularly on television and recently hosted the Warbirds Over Wanaka 2008 DVD and documentary.

A highlight for him in 2004 was the issue of commemorative New Zealand stamps featuring his personal location images.

In the 2005 Queens Birthday Honours he became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to tourism.

Released in November 2005 was Cameras in Narnia, aimed at the teenage and adult market on the basics of how a film is made, centred on the Walden Media / Disney adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Since release this book has sold over 850,000 copies worldwide and was issued with the Extended DVD of the film in the USA. In New Zealand, it received the prestigious Storylines Children's Literature Award for 2006 and was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards and LIANZA Awards.

In 2006 he released "A Journey Through New Zealand Film". The book showcases many of New Zealand's films and their locations along with comments from national and international directors and actors, such as Tom Cruise, Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson and Roger Donaldson.

He has just completed his next book entitled "Ian Brodie's New Zealand". It was published in November 2008 and is a photographic journey through his favourite parts of the country. He is now working on further books.

He escort's media from all over the world on tours of film locations and in 2003 appeared on behalf of Tourism New Zealand as guest speaker at a prestigious international tourism conference in Germany. He is recognised as a world expert on film tourism. In 2005 & 2008 he lectured onboard the Crystal Serenity cruise liner and in 2006 was guest lecturer on film tourism in Pattaya at the PATA Conference. He was keynote speaker at the 2009 I-Site Conference and presented a paper on Film Tourism at the 2009 ITOC Conference.

An accomplished professional photographer winning international awards, his images have appeared worldwide in aviation and tourist publications, posters, billboards and book covers. He has written numerous articles for travel magazines world-wide, accompanied with his own images.

In Septemner 2009, after 17 years in Wanaka, he moved to take up the position of Mdia and Communications Manager with Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours. Once again his passion is his job - working at Hobbiton!

Ian Brodie has made a significant contribution to New Zealand's profile internationally. But his feet remain firmly on the ground in the rural North Island town of Matamata with his wife Dianne of 28 years and and daughter Sally-Anne (18).

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“With its maps, directions, visitor information and exclusive stills of the locatuibs as they apper in reality, this was obviously a labour of love for the author, who has bent over backwards to make this the definitive Rings guide…it’s easy to se why this was voted New Zealand Book of the Year!”
- Film Review

From the Author

It has been interesting reading the reviews of my book. As a Tolkien fan for the last 32 years I wanted people to enjoy the scenery of New Zealand as it relates to Middle-earth.
Certainly there are more than 3 locations easily accessible. In fact, 90% of the locations listed in this book are accessible by car. There are very few that are only helicopter accessible.
The GPS co-ordinates are listed to enable some fans to find the exact spots. They have been checked to within 5 metre accuracy.

The book is not intended as a travel guide to NZ, hence the sparseness of maps. I would recommend any visitor purchasing a good NZ atlas as well.
My major disappointment with this book is the small pictures - but the book is a guide to allow people to put it in glove-boxes or backpacks.
A much larger coffee-table version will be released later this year with more pages and much bigger pictures.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
My family and I used this book extensively whilst on holiday in New Zealand and my two sons were able to re-enact all their favourite fight scenes in the spot where they were filmed! There is a good amount of detail and "inside information" about the Peter Jackson films to help you to track down the locations used. This book is an indispensable guide for those visiting NZ (a great country over and above the link with the Lord of the Rings films) who are Lord of the Rings fans but I don't think it would be of interest if you were not visiting the country as the main information is about how to find the sites used.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Hawkins on 14 Jan. 2004
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If you're going to New Zealand and you are a "Lord of the Rings" fan, then this book is a must. Slim enough to slip into the baggage without disturbing the scales, it is a detailed guide to the places where the films were shot. Detailed descriptions of routes, paths and unmade roads will get you to the places you recognise. You could spend months touring the country just seeking out locations - or just visit some of the places mentioned when you happen to be nearby. Also, the articles from some of the people involved in choosing the locations are interesting.
If you are not going to NZ, then the book is probably only worth buying if you are a hardcore "Lord of the Rings" anorak. The magnificent scenery doesn't really come across in the small format photos - much better to go and take your own pictures!
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By David Hamilton Allardice on 26 April 2013
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I first saw this book on sale in New Zealand where it was quite expensive. On return to the UK, I ordered it from Amazon. The book arrived promptly, and in excellent condition. My criticism revolves around the mapping, or lack of it, in the book. Having just returned from New Zealand, I was able to relate to some of the locations alluded to in the book. However, the mapping found on the inside of the front cover and back cover cannot be used for the vast majority of the locations - the book's mapping does not have the requisite detail. The book does provide SATNAV coordinates, but I suggest the reader would benefit from buying a better/larger-scale map to compliment the read. It would be difficult to use the book to plan a touring holiday.
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By Ant Newson on 29 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
the most recent version of this book is incredibly detailed, even having GPS co-ordinates so that you can literally find individual trees or rock formations seen in the films. it even has suggestions as to how to get to some of the more inaccesible locations and where the nearest facilities are. incredibly helpful if you want to tour some of your favourite locations or are just interested in where certain scenes were filmed.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ed VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2004
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I bought this book whilst I was in New Zealand and hoped to 'step in the footsteps of hobbits' so to speak. Well, this book is quite misleading. Whilst nicely presented from a first glance, on closer inspection, unless you are prepared to spend hundreds of NZ$'s and days searching, this book is more or less useless.
Out of the 30-odd locations, you can only easily get to 3 of them. All the others require a 2-hour helicopter ride or a 10-hour one-way hike to reach. It will not become clear till you reach New Zealand, just how barren a country it is. It is the same size as the UK with a population of around 3 million. You cannot get to the locations with ease. If you have watched the 'making of' any of The Lord of The Rings films, you will have heard how the cast and crew went by helicoptor to the locations. That's because its the only way! There are NO roads to most of the locations listed.
There is one cool location which you can reach easily in Wellington (the capital). Halfway up Mt. Victoria along a footpath there is the exact spot the Hobbits hid under a tree to escape the Ringwraith. The big tree itself was a prop, but its easy to see where everything happened. I bumped into a Swedish couple at this spot who had travelled to New Zealand just to visit the locations and were pretty dissapointed with the book. They had hiked out to some of the locations with their own GPS (following the GPS co-ordinates listed in the book) and found them to be highly unaccurate.
This book looks very cool but take it from me (as a foiled hobbit-spotter), it is anything but.
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