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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (6 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000713567X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007135677
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A heavily-illustrated behind-the-scenes guide to the second film, featuring colour photos of the cast, locations, sets, monsters and costumes, and an overview of the making of the film trilogy over the last five years. Designed as a celebration of the films, it will include double-page photo spreads showing exclusive photographs in sumptuous detail.

Written by the writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, a foremost expert on The Lord of the Rings (he adapted the novel for the award-winning BBC radio dramatisation in 1980), the book will include new material from Peter Jackson’s latest blockbuster, The Two Towers.

About the Author

BRIAN SIBLEY is a writer and broadcaster with a life-long interest in fantasy books and cinema. His fascination with J. R. R. Tolkien and the myths and history of Middle-earth led to his critically-acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who now portrays Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Brian’s subsequent radio dramas included several of Tolkien’s short novels collected under the title Tales from the Perilous Realm, C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, two series of Tales of the Bizarre by Ray Bradbury and Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and Gormenghast which won him the prestigious Sony Radio Award. His books include Three Cheers for Pooh, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands, as well as the text accompanying three maps by John Howe based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Brian is currently writing an in-depth account of the making of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for future publication.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rosebee on 1 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely detailed and excellent account of the making of the three Lord of the Rings films. It has plenty of detail regarding costumes, make up, creatures, set designs, miniatures, props, et al; plus plenty of fantastic photographs and sketches. It is full of interesting facts and also includes comments from the actors and technicians involved. You can either pick it up to read in short bursts or, like me, read great chunks at a time in order to find out how they did the next bit! It also informs you of how much some of the actors and extras put up with in order to look like dwarfs, Uruk-hai's, orcs, etc. The work put in to the prosthetic make up is incredible - especially as some of them only appear for a few seconds. I found the picture of Boromir's dead body particularly eerie as it looks so 'life-like'.
Although titled as the making of the trilogy, there is very little detail regarding the third film, which is perhaps a good thing so as not to spoil anything!
Obviously, it will not answer every question you may have regarding the films, but it certainly goes a long way towards it. I think it is a must have book for all fans of the films.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
The chapter where you become truly amazed at how Brian Sibley can make every single aspect of the production of "The Lord of the Rings" fascinating is Chapter 8: Hobbit Hair and Wizards Whiskers. That is because he talks not only about how Peter Owen and Peter King created the hair and makeup for Gandalf's beard and Galadriel's golden tresses, but also because he explains the need to making bucket loads of mud (short version: you need "sterilized" dirt). Then there is the sidebar that explains director Peter Jackson got the sound of several thousand Uruh-hai chanting Black Speech as they march to Helm's Deep in "The Two Towers" by going to a New Zealand versus England cricket match (admit it, you were expecting it to be soccer or at least Australian rules football). Once you have that reached that level of insight you know that you are getting a truly comprehensive look at "The Making of the Movie Trilogy."
Sibley covers everything from model making to creating the one ring to rule them all, so ultimately it is just a question of what parts you like best. Obviously, anything have to do with Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan is going to appeal to me, so I liked the look at her costumes. But I also really enjoyed the Epilogue: An End and a Beginning, that has to do with the world premier party for "The Fellowship on the Ring" in New Zealand. I liked the poster of New Zealand customs desks reworked with signs indicating lines for Orcs, Trolls, Journalists, and hobbits and the set of commemorative stamps and special first-day cover. Sibley wrote "The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide," so he obviously knows the territory, but what impressed me most is that while explaining how the magic is made he manages to be both comprehensive and concise. After all, he could have put together something as long as the Trilogy itself in detailing the process of adapting it for the screen. Fans of the movie trilogy will find this a worthy companion volume.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "amyness" on 20 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is for those people who, like myself, have watched the whole of the appendices section of the Extended 'Fellowship of the Ring' DVD, and want to know more about the making of The Lord of the Rings. It's full of fascinating and often hilarious accounts by people who were (and still are) involved in the films, from the Director, the cast, the designers and producers, through to the people who make the amazing wigs! The book is written in a very easy to read and informal way, which makes it quite unusual but a pleasure to read. One of the best bits is the interview between the author and actors Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, which is very funny. The illustrations and photographs are wonderful, and the foreword by Sir Ian McKellen adds a really nice touch.
This is a must-have for all LOTR fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cobriza on 2 Mar. 2014
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Unfortunately this wasn't at all the exciting book I'd hoped for. It does contain some interesting stuff (for example, that a good armour-maker can be judged by how he makes armour for the lower leg, and that the model of Boromir's corpse was so lifelike that after a couple of hours somebody asked whether Sean needed a drink), but not nearly enough. Far more of it consists of a HUGE amount of "personal" waffle ("I always thought of art", admits Daniel, "as just something I could do." "Richard has to dash off to a meeting, but Tania has arrived with a batch of invoices needing to be processed.") and lengthy, self-indulgent and not very interesting rhetoric that made me start flipping pages to get to the next interesting bit. It's written in a very padded-out coffee-table style ("We wander through Rivendell and Lothlorien sampling a Middle-earth menu that includes...") with a lot of coy turns of phrase and plenty of exclamation marks. Some of the photographs are interesting, but there are an awful lot of stock ones from the films and not nearly enough behind-the-scenes ones showing how the film was made (which the book's title had led me to hope for). I would have liked to read a very different book on this subject.
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By A. L. Mcleod on 5 July 2011
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This is the best book I have seen on the subject, lots of interviews and inside information on making the films. It has a good balance of photograps/drawings and text. Brian Sibley is obviously a fab of Tolkein (and these films) and this really comes across. Of particular interest to me is the behind the scenes work done by so many enthusiastic and talented artists who worked alongside Alan Lee and John Howe converting thier drawings into three dimensional pieces. And of course the costumes! Wow.
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