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A wonderful resource for those in love with the books and movies. You get to see the weaponry up close and personal and find a greater understanding of the choices made as far as battle and defense mechanisms throughout the movie. As a huge fan of LOTR this is an invaluable guide for those wanting a more in-depth look at the components that made the film so spectacular.
Any book with LTR & weapons in the title has got to be cool, and it was! This may be a little bit of geek overload but after falling (nearly) more deeply in love with these movies than I am with my wife I'm proud to be geekified through and through.
I really enjoyed this... visual encylopaedia, I guess? It was really interesting: providing details on the armour and weapons used by the various races across Middle-Earth, the battles that took places across the film trilogy, whilst accompanied by incredibly detailed visual material. This is a great read for a Tolkien fan!
*more slobbering* Ugh, these books are SO beautiful!!!!!! *hisses* My Preeeecious!!!
(More pictures at parkablogs.com)This is the movie visual companion that looks specifically at the weapons and history of warfare in The Lord of the Rings.There are lots of photos of the weapons and armor featured in the movie, with occasional concept sketches. The writeup is incredibly detailed. There are lengthy discussions on the major battles, war zones, warriors, and other forms of weapon from Frodo's Sting sword to the scary Grond battling ram or the gigantic elephant-like Mumakil. The
I got this mostly because:A. I'm a Tolkien fan (and)B. I'm a gamer (Dungeons and Dragons table top) and try to make the weapons as "fantasy realistic" as I can.This book mostly leans heavily on the movie but still is a pretty good book. If you are big time into the movies you may enjoy it more, but any fantasy fan will probably enjoy it at least somewhat.
here's why this book only gets three stars: it focuses way too much on just the movies. here's why it doesn't get two stars: there is still some pretty amazing information going on here, as well as some great original illustrations.
Thanks for letting me borrow it for so long, Ted!
goodbook i want to see the movie
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This just popped up in my GR feed. I had this book back in the day when the movies were all the rage and I was thoroughly obsessed. Probably perfect for young fans in the same way all those Star Wars ship cross section books are. Even back then I remember being disappointed with this book, though. The one part I remember thinking was awesome was the close up of the gear of The Mouth of Sauron, still one of my favorite parts of the films.
Obviously slapped together to take advantage of the success of the films. The art work is nice, but it is rather apparent that the authors did not read the books or even pay too much attention to the films.
It's a very interesting compendium of the LotR knowledge, focused on weapons used in wars throughout the trilogy. The most fascinating aspect is definitely the great visualization of each major battle. The 2nd best part of it is definitely the foreword written by Christopher Lee.
woow, i really enjoyed reading this book, it was so interesting that i could not put it down even for a second... GREAT work Smith! you deserved a five star..Thanks.
My favorite visual book as a kid
Reads like a history book of the races of Middle-Earth. Filled with many pictures amd examples of the weapons, tactics and races of the Third Age.
I love Lord of the rings
Please note that this is a companion to the MOVIES, not the book.It's a great item to have for LOTR fans. The photos are beautiful; the weapons, armours, etc, are shown in details.I loved it.
In my opinion, the book of the saga is very wide and rich in plot
This book is actually fantastic. It's a must read for all of us that love living in Middle Earth.
Finally finished. Enjoyable, but a long read. Enjoyed the photos from the movie.
Really good read but I guess I was hoping for more of an analysis and less of an encyclopedia.
All time favourite!
This was a really interesting and useful guide to the weapons of LOTR. I recommend it to anyone with a strong interest in the films.
Iconic. Just bear with while they get going on the first book. Then it's spectacular.
Do I need to say anything
Okay I didn't so much read this cover-to-cover as I obsessively flipped through pages and looked at the pictures and read snippets back in middle school man, what did I do with this book?