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on 21 September 2013
The epic finale to the other two Visual Companions on "The Fellowship Of The Ring" and "The Two Towers", "The Return Of The King" Visual Companion completes the collection. With this book in hand, I can happily relax and feel as content as could be. As a book to partner the film trilogy, it draws you in with stunning photography and movie stills, showcasing the cinematic scope in its entirety. There are also the odd fragments of poems included, showing that Tolkien's poetic sense was just phenomenal. Masterfully written by Jude Fisher, with a map of Mordor surrounded by eleven memorable characters in the front of the book and a full scale photograph of Minas Tirith, this is just right for the ultimate fan.
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on 9 January 2016
Really impressing. Completed my collection of this series. :)
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on 29 December 2017
Another book to the collection of Tolkien, thanks
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on 15 October 2015
Great pictures
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on 6 June 2015
Superb book and photos
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on 9 January 2017
Thank you
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on 19 August 2013
A good book as a basic guide to the movie but not very detailed and more aimed at children I'm sure.
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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 24 October 2012
The three films based on the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, beginning with part one The Fellowship of the Ring and ending with the Return of the King, is brought vividly to life with Jude Fisher's accompanying visual companions. Full of stunning photographs adorning the cover, spine and every single page these companion books are a treasure, and a real delight for any fan of either (or both) the films and the book. Each guide contains detailed information on the main, distinctive characters both good and evil, with separate pages dedicated to individuals such as those within the fellowship. The places, landscapes and key locations within Tolkien's middle-earth are explored, as depicted in each film. Fully illustrated with over a hundred color photographs, including shots of epic and dramatic battles between light and dark forces are included. Each book continues on from the next, as it does within the films, continuing the journey from when the reader and the viewer left off. The trials, successes and tragedies of the members of the fellowship's quest are discovered and relived, within the insightful and fascinating introduction. You are taken on a journey from the very beginning right up to the end, where the fellowship's quest comes to its end as the ring is destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. The companions journey (with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas), the war of the ring (including the battle of Pelennor fields and the white city of Minas Tirith), and the ring's journey in the hands of the small Hobbit Frodo is scrutinized to the smallest detail. Also included is a brilliant map of Mordor, the dreaded realm inhabited by Orcs, mountain-trolls, fell beasts and Nazgûl. This book presents to the reader an unforgettable tour around middle-earth, from the once proud city of Gondor to the dead marshes and Shelobs lair as this epic struggle is played out before your very eyes.
The photographs within this book are impressive and do really take your breath away, just as chills are sent down your spine when watching the films. I would urge that any fan of the three films invests in a copy of the visual companions, as they do truly add to the experience as a whole and bring the story to life. As an admirer of JRR Tolkien and his extensive works including the Lord of the Rings, I was impressed by the films representation of his work and portrayal of the characters and their story. Nothing can compare to the book itself but the films and the visual book additions are a great recognition to his work.
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on 6 March 2004
As with the other two visual companions, this has a good background to the events unfolding as well as detailing the different places and people we encounter in The Return of the King. However, it sometimes seems to confuse the events which actually happen in the film and which in the book, so occasionally one ends up feeling slightly mystified about what is being described.
But don't let that one negative thing put you off - it is still definitely worth buying if you want more background to the film.
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