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This book is a perfect give for your LOTR addict, but hey, LOTRs fans you might not want to wait till someone gives this to you! This is simply worth every penny! Outside of the films, if someone asked me which was THE best LOTR gift to give or receive for LOTR fans, I would hands down recommend this wonderful book. It is just loaded with so much background, answers so many details, that I cannot image doing without this book in my LOTR collection.
As one who collects swords and knives, loves fencing and enjoys all sorts of books on weaponry and a hopeless LOTRs addict, this is one gem of a book. It is not thin volume, but a jam-packed book loaded with 100s of photos, maps & artwork and a forward by Christopher Lee.
217 pages of high quality pages covering every aspect of the rings. It starts with the history of the War of the Ring, the last alliance of Elves and Men, covers the Dead Marshes, with chapters on ever main character in all three films, going into the armour and the weapons they used. At the end is a glossary for quick reference.
There is not enough praise for this book. It is just likely THE BEST collectors item for the Rings and if you don't have one you are missing a wonderful item for your collection.
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"Not another 'Lord of the Rings' tie-in book!" you may be groaning. In the wake of the hit movie trilogy, there have been plenty of books of photos and Middle-Earth info -- some good, some bad, some just blah. But don't start shunning the book displays just yet: "Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare" has plenty of good information yet.
It handles the more militaristic aspects of the "Lord of the Rings" films: Loads of swords, arrows (like the giant uruk-hai crossbows called "sappers"), shields and armor. There are also the more unusual allies that our heroes pick up (the unstoppable dead army of Dunharrow), battle plans (a step-by-step examination of the Pelennor Fields battle), unconventional weapons (the mumakil or "oliphaunts"), and sinister fortresses (the Black Gate).
There's also relevant biographical info about certain people like Elrond, Eowyn, Faramir, Eomer and Aragorn, and it stretches back to the first film with its stuff about Weathertop and Isildur. And, as a bonus, the extremely articulate Christopher Lee (the amazing actor behind Saruman) writes a brief but bright foreword, in which he talks about his love for myth and fantasy, the Tolkien books, the movies, and finally about what he hopes "Weapons and Warfare" will offer to the readers.
Admit it -- even the most peaceful person gets a little thrill when watching a hero felling a dozen evil beasties with a big legendary sword. There's something intensely exciting about swords, arrows and all medieval warfare, however bloody and freaky it may be. "Lord of the Rings" has an extra bonus: There's not only the multiple human civilizations (Gondorians, Rohirrim, Easterlings, Haradrim), but also Elves, Orcs, and Uruk-hai, as well as the ancient Numenorean civilization. More to love!
The only problem with the book is simple: those seeking information about how the authentic weapons, armor and war formations were created will be disappointed. So if you want to know about how they made all those weapons at Weta, how they managed to plan all those battles, you're out of luck. And if you're a book purist, you will be equally out of luck -- it sticks close by the films.
Even people who aren't fans of military history may be intrigued by the level of detail and richness in the "Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare." And, of course, Rings fans should check this out pronto.
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This book is a perfect give for your LOTR addict, but hey, LOTRs fans you might not want to wait till someone gives this to you! This is simply worth every penny! Outside of the films, if someone asked me which was THE best LOTR gift to give or receive for LOTR fans, I would hands down recommend this wonderful book. It is just loaded with so much background, answers so many details, that I cannot image doing without this book in my LOTR collection.
As one who collects swords and knives, loves fencing and enjoys all sorts of books on weaponry and a hopeless LOTRs addict, this is one gem of a book. It is not thin volume, but a jam-packed book loaded with 100s of photos, maps & artwork and a forward by Christopher Lee.
217 pages of high quality pages covering every aspect of the rings. It starts with the history of the War of the Ring, the last alliance of Elves and Men, covers the Dead Marshes, with chapters on ever main character in all three films, going into the armour and the weapons they used. At the end is a glossary for quick reference.
There is not enough praise for this book. It is just likely THE BEST collectors item for the Rings and if you don't have one you are missing a wonderful item for your collection.
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on 5 March 2004
A super book. Very well researched and impressively accurate with its weapons detail. I have professional interest in arms and armour, and I have an extensive library of scholarly and academic works, yet this book leaves many of them floundering! Not-with-standing the fact that this work relates to a fantasy, the author has not padded out the weaponnary information with bunk, or invention. I very much appreciate any author who treats his subject and the reader with respect, whatever age they might be. The descriptions of sword forging are suprising knowledgeable and the author has a real insight into such techniques, all of which add to the enjoyment and enthrall the reader.
The volume is well illustrated with photographs and stills from the movies, together with pre production artworks and artists renderings.
If you enjoyed LOTR then you will love this book. If you like mediaeval arms and armour then you will marvel at the wonderful designs of costume, arms and armour made for these films.
For older readers the book serves as an object lesson in modern design work. It is also effectivly a catalogue of costume and movie props, of great benefit to any student of the movie industry, particularly art and design.
If you are interested in making or designing your own arms and armour then this will be an indispensable reference of how it should be done.
The book contains a first class glossary of arms and armour terminology and the author has quite clearly done some extensive research and is to be commended for not "dumbing down" the work.
In conclusion, an extremely exciting and enjoyable book for any young person, with enough to interest the older reader. I am actualy going to use the book in my lectures especially for children.
If you are a LOTR fan then you'll already have this. If you like the arms and armour of the ancient world then you too will enjoy this book.
The only minor critisism I have is that the publishers didn't wait until after the release of "Return of the King" and thereby include even more stills from that movie, but that is a trivial complaint.
Congratulations to Chris Smith a fine work. Buy it now as a first edition before it becomes a collectors item!
Alex Mackay from the land of the Claidheamhmor.
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on 29 January 2006
I've always been a fan of tolkien's work, just as I am a great fan of weapons. This book combines them both in one amazing companion to Lord of the Rings! It contains loads of drawings and descriptions of the various swords and shields and all manner of other weaponry in the trilogy in great detail, along with all of the battles and skirmishes featured in it. From 'Aiglos', the spear of Gil-Galad, to The battle atop Zirak-zigil between Gandalf and the Balrog, This is the most complete and thoroughly entertaining guide to the Lord of the Rings that I have ever seen.
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on 19 May 2004
The book has brilliant presentation and contains superb pictures of all the weapons and armour used by the different characters in the Lord of the Rings films. It also contains lots of information based on Tolkien's writing about why the different groups have different types of equipment. The reason this book does not get 5 stars is that some of the information given in the book on the origins of the weapons is wrong and shows some poor research of Tolkien's other writings about Middle Earth such as The Sillmarillion. However this book is very readable and the pictures are superb and it is well worth the money. However as a final note I would reccomend it only for a true Lord of the Rings fan who has read the book as well as seen the films.
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on 22 February 2007
The Information in this book is collosal in amount and near perfect in detail, well deserving of a 5 star rating.

The reason for it's star deduction is because since I bought it, about 4 months ago, every single page save the introduction have fallen out. I half expected a few to coem loose as noted by a previosu reviewer, but all of them, is just a complete joke.
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on 12 July 2007
Aside from my cheesy headline, this book can be represented quite nicely! I'm a big LOTR fan (books/films alike) and to the extent of Peter Jackson's trilogy this book captures relative information in quite suprising depth. However, this information as I have said has noticably been based on the films - if you are a hard-core Tolkien fan you may become a little frustrated by the lack of information and what has been stated about the various bit'n bobs throughout 'The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare'. I have also noticed that the book has been rather poorly put together and the fact that it is only available in paper-back doesn't help either - pages will begin to simply fall out and of course you'll get the creasing of the cover (this can be easily fixed with a bit of selotape, so no worries there). HOWEVER, aside from these very SMALL set-backs this is a great book and will provide you with a powerful insight into the world of The Lord of the Rings and is deffinately worth picking up (especially at the current price :D )
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on 16 December 2003
This is one best LOTR books I've come across. It is good for ardent and less ardent LOTR fans and also people interested in weapons and warfare.
It nicely fills in a lot of the background behind the Ring Quest without insulting your intelligence. The details on the weapons and costumes are very good and also gives clear exmaples on the various fighting styles.
Well written and very readable and lots of photographs and drawings.
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on 2 May 2006
This book seems very interesting. I ordered it off from amazon the first time i opened it one page falls out then the next, and the pages keep on fallling out so far 28 pages have fallen out and i dont even want to know what will happen if i open the next 2.
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