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on 6 November 2001
If the look of this book is anything to go by the movie of Fellowship is going to be a real visual treat. Just look at the detail in some of these shots - the tiles on the roofs of the houses of Bree, all slightly skew-wiff and worn and spattered with bird droppings, or the fabulous carvings in Elrond's chamber, or the wear and tear in Aragorn's Ranger garb, or the gorgeous tooling on Legolas's quiver, the etched designs on Gimli's helmet, the G-rune worked into Gandalf's staff. And Bag End is extraordinary: you just want to move right in. Isengard's interior is all hard-edged, industrial-looking black metal and what seem to be some perverted form of electric lighting: exactly how you'd expect the corrupt wizard's stronghold to be. Christopher Lee as Saruman looks just right, too; in fact, looking through this book, you have to say that pretty much all the characters look spot on. I particularly like the casting of Sean Bean as Boromir and of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn: neither of them obvious for the parts, but both subtle actors who can chameleon into their roles. All the hobbits appear very individual; and as for the Black Riders and the Orcs and Uruks: looks like a real treat as far as the monsters are concerned! They're obviously keeping the Balrog under wraps though.
The text is thorough and informative - a lot more accessible than Robert Foster's Guide to Middle-earth, though serving the same sort of purpose. A useful starting point for non-buffs, but a must-have for those of us who do know our way round the books, too. There are some interesting hints in the Visual Companion, since it's based on the movie and the scripts rather than the book, of where the divergences between the two occur. No mention as we've guessed and has been reported of Tom Bombadil or the barrow wight, for example. But judging from the 'History' section, it looks as if the movie will show some of the action from the Second Age - there's a fantastic shot of the Elvish army lined up against Sauron's forces at the Battle of Dagorlad. It would be great to see some big battle action in the first movie, given that we'll have to wait till Two Towers for all the Helm's Deep action.
It's really nicely produced, this book - large format, glossy, fantastically detailed, and with a sumptuous fold-out map of Middle-earth in the centre with snapshots showing many of the key locations, not just from the first movie but also, tantaslisingly, of Edoras and Barad-dur, too. A very superior movie tie-in book and a really nice addition to my collection.
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VINE VOICEon 25 February 2004
If you are a fan of this film, buy it. If not don't bother. A great companion to an amazing film. Glossy pics, a map, more pics. I love it, so should you.
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on 27 July 2004
Every single thing you could want about the movie, beautiful pictures, great narrative and descriptions of how various aspects were achieved. Any Lord of the Rings buff will want this.
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on 25 July 2013
Very happy indeed with my purchase. The book is in good condition and it arrived quickly (for the Isle of Man). I can't wait until I get the time to sit down and study it from cover to cover - something to look forward to. Recommend this seller. Thanks.
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on 19 August 2013
Great movie companion for children but not heavy in detail, the 'Art of' books are far superior than this and more suitable for LotR fans who want to know more about the movie.
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on 15 May 2014
Wonderful. Found the others in a charity shop and this mad up the trilogy., Made a great gift. Very nearly did not give it as I wanted tio keep it for myself!
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on 29 January 2009
The Fellowship of the Ring: Visual Companion (Lord of the Rings)
Amazing source of information for all enthusiasts of the film.
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on 11 October 2011
Was very glad to finally find this. The price was excellent, the item arrived promptly. Excellent gift, packing could be better.
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on 15 April 2014
A really brilliant book - it is really well presented and written - an excellent addition to the film - recommended.
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on 14 September 2003
if you're a fan of the movie, you simply must have the visual companions! full of helpful photos and interesting information, you can step deeper into the masterpiece which is Lord of the Rings!
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