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All you wanted to know... and more
on 1 December 2002
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.