The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare

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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 Elves to the horrendous war machines of the Dark Lord, each culture's approach to warfare 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 ...
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Overview

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 Elves to the horrendous war machines of the Dark Lord, each culture's approach to warfare 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! Treating the filmmakers' notes, designs and props as a true archive, Weapons and Warfare describes in detail every major conflict depicted in the film trilogy -- from The Last Alliance of Elves and Men to the climactic Battle of the Pelennor Fields -- each accompanied by a battle diagram from the films' chief designers. 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 published to date.
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618390991
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/5/2003
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction vi
The History of the War of the Ring 1
The Last Alliance of Elves and Men 4
The Dead Marshes 10
Elves of the Second Age 12
Gil-galad 18
Elrond 20
Numenoreans 23
Elendil 28
Range weapon comparison chart 31
Isildur 32
Mordor Orcs of the Second Age 34
The Last Alliance--battle plan 38
Weathertop 40
Hobbits 42
Moria--The War of the Dwarves and the Orcs 47
Dwarves 52
Gimli 54
Cave-troll 58
The Orcs of Moria 60
Gandalf 67
The Balrog 70
Moria--plan 72
Amon Hen 74
Rohan 76
Wild Men of Dunland 80
Wargs & Warg-riders 82
The Defense of Helm's Deep 86
Forging Swords 93
Men of Rohan 97
King Theoden 106
Eomer 108
Eowyn 110
Legolas 112
Elves of Lothlorien 116
Uruk-hai 122
Helm's Deep--battle plan 132
Saruman 134
Isengard 136
Rangers of Ithilien 138
Faramir 140
Bows of Middle-earth 142
Gondor 145
Men of Gondor 150
Denethor 156
Boromir 158
The Fountain & Citadel Guard 162
Orcs of Mordor 164
The Nazgul 168
The Siege of Gondor 173
Grond & Other Siege Equipment 178
Mountain-Trolls 181
Easterlings 184
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields 187
Haradrim 190
Mumakil 192
The Corsairs of Umbar 194
The Dead Men of Dunharrow 196
The Siege of Gondor/Battle of the Pelennor Fields--battle plan 198
The Black Gate of Mordor 200
The Mouth of Sauron 203
Aragorn 204
Sauron 210
The One Ring 214
Glossary of Terms 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    THIS IS SOOO COOL!!!

    My brother bought this book and I have enjoyed looking at it. The book vividly describes battle scenes, narrates history of Middle Earth, and has charecter bios on the solders of Middle Earth such as Legolas, Aragorn and Faramir. The pictures are incredible! You get inside scoops and exclusive pictures on EVERY SINGLE battle. Plus the writing is superb. There are pictures and descriptions on EVERY WEAPON in Lord of the Rings. I learned so much about the weapons and culture of every race. For those who haven't read it, I highly recommend. Also good for those interested in warfare, hence the name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    Berserkin' Good!!!

    I cant believe how much new I learned from this book. I mean, seriously,lots of things in this book were not shown or described in either the book or the movie.(Ex.-Why do saruman's berserkers get their name and why are they so quick and powerful) If anyone wants full info in the whole lord of the rings adventure,they should look at this book first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2005

    THE GREATEST

    This book is the greatest guide to the armies, battles and weapons of Middle Earth. I can't go in to the detail that it gives. It was written by somone who worked on the Lord Of The Rings, so it is all true and real pictures of the real thing. I really love it and highly recommend it for any LOTR fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    DETAILED AND IMAGINATIVE

    This book tells you all you need to know and more about LOTR. What else can I say?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    LOTR lover!!

    This book is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!!!! i love this book!!! and so should you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    WOW! is all I have to say.

    This book has more information than is thinkable. a welcome addition to any tolkien fan's books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    Great!

    The review on the Soldiers, Men of Gondor, the Rohirrim, the Numenorean soldiers, it's great! I am a huge fan of the books and this book gives great information about the wars of men, orcs, and elves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    The Coolest Book Ever

    If you liked the moveis and the books, then you'll love this book. It is like the coolest book in the world. It has the best pictures and awsome bios of the characters and their weapons/armor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Outstanding book

    This is a great book! This book gives you more information than you recieve from the movies. If you wish to learn more about tolkien's books, reading this book is a great way to! plus pictures of Orlando!!!!!! who'd say no to that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003

    Great Book

    This book is a must! It talks about practically all the characters and their weapons and armor. It also includes battleplans in the movies and talks about very interesting topics. Did you know that Aragorn was 88 when he challenged Sauron? This book also talks about the history of weapons and cities. I would very much recommend this book to people who loved the books and movies and would like to know more about the weapons and warfare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Excellent; A must have for the Tolkien fanatic

    This book tells you all you would ever need to know about the battle strategies, the weapons, armor, and Sauron's creations. This book will take you into an even deeper trail of thought through the Tolkien books.

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