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The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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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!”
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Be sure to get the "Revised Edition".
I am sure that it will prove to be most useful when wee take our second trip to this wonderful country.
Len and Dawn Powell.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a brilliant book, this is the second time I have ordered a copy for each of my daughters travelling to New Zealand, as its off-the-road guides complete with sat nav links... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2014 by Ant Newson
thin but detailed. this book is going to help me plan my lotr new Zealand tour by myself! Having a book is somehow better than doing all the research online!Published on 11 April 2014 by Janet Tong
Easy to read, plenty of images and a variety of locations. It's a must-buy if you're interested in The Lord of the Rings, or planning on going to New Zealand. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by adele
Not a fan of these films myself but my boyfriend said it was great and has always got his head in it researching places he wants to visit one day.Published on 24 Dec. 2013 by Vicki Palmer