In the same way that the book does not substitute for the movie, the movie cannot substitute for this “Visual Companion.” The book helps enhance and explain what the movie has no time for and would take time to extract from the original lengthy book. The most striking part of this companion is the photographs especially two of them. The first is of the Ent; it is so much fuller than you remember from the movie and could almost be a portrait over your fireplace. Looking at the Ent’s translucent eyes and plant like whiskers you would think this is what “The Green Man” should look like. The second striking picture is the two page conflict between Gandalf and the Balrog (read, orange and yellow with a black background.) To add to these pictures is a full 4 page fold out of the highlights of Middle-Earth.