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The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Paperback – 1 Dec 2003

4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007179251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869504526
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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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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.

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My family and I used this book extensively whilst on holiday in New Zealand and my two sons were able to re-enact all their favourite fight scenes in the spot where they were filmed! There is a good amount of detail and "inside information" about the Peter Jackson films to help you to track down the locations used. This book is an indispensable guide for those visiting NZ (a great country over and above the link with the Lord of the Rings films) who are Lord of the Rings fans but I don't think it would be of interest if you were not visiting the country as the main information is about how to find the sites used.
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Really good book, using it as I travel NZ to find the best spots. This version is good because it is small enough for luggage etc but if you aren't planning on traveling or have space in your bags, it's worth upgrading to the larger one which has maps and pictures etc and is a lot better
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If you're going to New Zealand and you are a "Lord of the Rings" fan, then this book is a must. Slim enough to slip into the baggage without disturbing the scales, it is a detailed guide to the places where the films were shot. Detailed descriptions of routes, paths and unmade roads will get you to the places you recognise. You could spend months touring the country just seeking out locations - or just visit some of the places mentioned when you happen to be nearby. Also, the articles from some of the people involved in choosing the locations are interesting.
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!
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By Mr. Ed VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2004
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I bought this book whilst I was in New Zealand and hoped to 'step in the footsteps of hobbits' so to speak. Well, this book is quite misleading. Whilst nicely presented from a first glance, on closer inspection, unless you are prepared to spend hundreds of NZ$'s and days searching, this book is more or less useless.
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.
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Lovely images and descriptions of locations from the LotR trilogy, and some great background information. Very good inspiration for my trip to New Zealand! Even contains a suggested travel itinerary. Only thing I am a bit dissatisfied with is that when you read about a location, the scene from the movie is described in the text, and is sometimes hard to find. It would be nice with a fact box with the scene, and possibly a small picture of the movie scene to compare. Note: if you are expecting a detailed walkthrough of how the movie was made, this is not the book - it is, as it says, a location guidebook.
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This excellent and indispensable guide is thoroughly researched, richly illustrated with photographs, and well written. But while it is an essential book for anyone planning a visit to Middle Earth, it is handicapped by one glaring omission: though several maps are provided, none adequately indicate the locations of Middle Earth's features. This is frustrating for anyone who wishes to use the book as a travel guide (though it is always possible to sort out locations by using the text and the limited maps provided) and a serious drawback for the armchair traveler who just wants to get a sense of how Middle Earth maps onto New Zealand.
Be sure to get the "Revised Edition".
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Having already visited New Zealand and visited many of the sites where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series were made, this book provides everything that would be needed to ensure you could make the most out of a trip to New Zealand.
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.
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I first saw this book on sale in New Zealand where it was quite expensive. On return to the UK, I ordered it from Amazon. The book arrived promptly, and in excellent condition. My criticism revolves around the mapping, or lack of it, in the book. Having just returned from New Zealand, I was able to relate to some of the locations alluded to in the book. However, the mapping found on the inside of the front cover and back cover cannot be used for the vast majority of the locations - the book's mapping does not have the requisite detail. The book does provide SATNAV coordinates, but I suggest the reader would benefit from buying a better/larger-scale map to compliment the read. It would be difficult to use the book to plan a touring holiday.
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