The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare

The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare

by Christopher Lee, Chris Smith
     
 

As The Lord of the Rings draws to a triumphant and spectacular conclusion with The Return of the King, pitching armies of Men and their allies against the evil forces of darkness, this new book reconstructs the history and events surrounding the epic battles in Peter Jackson's awesome film trilogy.
Treating the filmmakers' notes, designs and props as a true

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As The Lord of the Rings draws to a triumphant and spectacular conclusion with The Return of the King, pitching armies of Men and their allies against the evil forces of darkness, this new book reconstructs the history and events surrounding the epic battles in Peter Jackson's awesome film trilogy.
Treating the filmmakers' notes, designs and props as a true archive, The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare uses these records to present a full historical account of the War of the Ring. It assembles all the background information to outline the story behind each battle and examine the strategy used by the opposing forces. Each of the major conflicts depicted in the films - from The Last Alliance of Elves and Men to the climactic Battle of the Pelennor Fields - is illustrated with a unique diagram by the films' designers that reveals how each battle was fought.
Lavishly illustrated with 1,000 photos, paintings, maps, sculptures and sketches, most appearing here for the first time, Weapons and Warfare is an indispensable chronicle of The Lord of the Rings' many creatures, warriors, armies and battlegrounds. From the graceful and proficient Elven soldiers to the horrendous war machines of the Dark Lord, each culture's approach to combat is explained - how they fought, why they were fighting, what armor they wore and what weapons they used against their enemies. Now you can get as close to a marauding Orc as you could ever wish, without suffering the consequences!
Armed with a wealth of fascinating facts and unique imagery, and with an exclusive foreword by Christopher Lee and an introduction by the Academy Award winner Richard Taylor, Weapons and Warfare promises to be the most striking companion to The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy ever published.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Photo Guide and Visual Companion are simply collections of screen shots with a minimum of text-very YA. The real gems here are Art of and (especially) Weapons and Warfare, true fan books that detail costumes, props, and set designs through photos and concept drawings. Gollum is a bit of a novelty for those interested in computer special effects, as actor Serkis, who provided Gollum's voice and physical movements, explains how graphics were used to create the screen character. The indie spirit A film doesn't need to be a sweeping epic featuring a cast of thousands to be good. The market for independent films is huge, so no film collection is complete without a few of these titles. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The first book essentially retells the story of the title film and has uneven picture quality. Weapons fleshes out the world created in the movies by discussing the arms and armor of the various races in Middle-earth, both historically and from the time that the films take place. The informative, interesting text is supplemented by many gorgeous pictures. Readers who have questions about anything they saw in the film, from orcs to the Witch-King of Angmar to the Fountain Guards of Gondor, can probably find the answers here. The author treats these cultures and artifacts as if they were straight-up history. A lot of thought, effort, and love obviously went into creating Middle-earth, and much of it shows up in these pages.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618390991
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/05/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Director of his special effects company Weta, Taylor has been special effects designer on all of Peter Jackson's feature films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Frighteners, Heavenly Creatures, Braindead, Meet the Feebles and the television documentary "Forgotten Silver." For the groundbreaking work accomplished by Taylor, his partner Tania Rodger, and their team at Weta, Taylor won two Oscars and two British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards - for Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup, and received both BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Costume Design as well as numerous other awards and accolades.

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