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With complete and unrestricted access to artowrk created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Fellowship of the Ring. This official publication contains 500 exclusive images, from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificant full-color paintings that shaped the look of the film. With complete and unrestricted access to artowrk created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Fellowship of the Ring. This official publication contains 500 exclusive images, from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificant full-color paintings that shaped the look of the film. All the principal locations, costumes, armor and creatures are covered in stunning detail, including concepts, storyboards and images that did not make it into the final film. As well as a wealth of sketches, paintings and digital images, The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring contains photographs showing how the creative process was realized and a number of stills from the film. Contributors include Alan Lee and John Howe, the two artists who inspired Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-earth and who worked with him to bring his trilogy to the big screen. They and a dozen other designers who created all of these diverse elements explain how they contributed to the development of the film, giving a fascinating insight into how Middle-earth was brought to life. With text compiled from exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, special effects supervisor Richard Taylor, designers Grant Major, Ngila Dickson, Paul Lasaine and others, this unique book celebrates the pivotal contribution made by a handful of people which help turn the first Lord of the Rings movie into an award-winning global success.


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With complete and unrestricted access to artowrk created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Fellowship of the Ring. This official publication contains 500 exclusive images, from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificant full-color paintings that shaped the look of the film. With complete and unrestricted access to artowrk created over a five-year period, this authoritative and insightful book illustrates the creative development of The Fellowship of the Ring. This official publication contains 500 exclusive images, from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to magnificant full-color paintings that shaped the look of the film. All the principal locations, costumes, armor and creatures are covered in stunning detail, including concepts, storyboards and images that did not make it into the final film. As well as a wealth of sketches, paintings and digital images, The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring contains photographs showing how the creative process was realized and a number of stills from the film. Contributors include Alan Lee and John Howe, the two artists who inspired Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-earth and who worked with him to bring his trilogy to the big screen. They and a dozen other designers who created all of these diverse elements explain how they contributed to the development of the film, giving a fascinating insight into how Middle-earth was brought to life. With text compiled from exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, special effects supervisor Richard Taylor, designers Grant Major, Ngila Dickson, Paul Lasaine and others, this unique book celebrates the pivotal contribution made by a handful of people which help turn the first Lord of the Rings movie into an award-winning global success.

30 review for The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    I read this book and finished it actually quite a while ago and it was an invaluable resource for writing parts of my dissertation. Besides that it's also genuinely a really wonderful read with reference to all sorts of excellent concept art, costume design and quotes from all areas of the team who worked on the Lord of the Rings films. I have to say I am very happy that I own the next one in this series too because it's very through and a really beautiful book to read thorough and discover so I read this book and finished it actually quite a while ago and it was an invaluable resource for writing parts of my dissertation. Besides that it's also genuinely a really wonderful read with reference to all sorts of excellent concept art, costume design and quotes from all areas of the team who worked on the Lord of the Rings films. I have to say I am very happy that I own the next one in this series too because it's very through and a really beautiful book to read thorough and discover so much about the process behind the film. I definitely loved the way that the chapters were divided up as it made it easy to find pages relevant to areas such as props, races, particular character etc and I thought that the way it was all tied together with images, screen-grabs, paintings and other essential elements really showed the story of exactly how these films were made and how much work and consideration went into every detail. Overall a solid 4*s :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring is one of the three art books for The Lord of the Rings. The other two being The Art of the Two Towers and The Art of the Return of the King. Also available in one condensed edition of these three art books is The Art of the Lord of the Rings. The review you read here will be roughly the same as the ones for other books. The three volume collects over 500 images each, consisting pencils sketches, paintings and sculptures. (More pictures at parkablogs.com) The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring is one of the three art books for The Lord of the Rings. The other two being The Art of the Two Towers and The Art of the Return of the King. Also available in one condensed edition of these three art books is The Art of the Lord of the Rings. The review you read here will be roughly the same as the ones for other books. The three volume collects over 500 images each, consisting pencils sketches, paintings and sculptures. These are the art from conceptual to execution stage. The principal designers are Alan Lee, Paul Lasaine, John Howe, Grant Major, Richard Taylor (head of Weta Workshop) and Nigila Dickson among other talented artists. A full list of credits is provided. The books focus on the set and environment designs of the various Middle-earth locations, including character and creature designs from the region. While there are also weapon designs, you should turn to The Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare for more comprehensive coverage. The commentary and depth of the books are great. There are captions for every sketch and illustration provided, both from the artists and Gary Russell. These includes the various iterations from the discarded to the final designs used in the movies. The artists talk about the English and European influence on their sets and architecture, compositing photos and matte painting, techniques used to create the rich and seemingly authentic world, costume designs and other elements of the film. The books provide a great insight into the amount of art and details required to produce a movie — three actually — of such massive scale. What you don't see in this book is talk on the production aspect, which is left to The Making of the Movie Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide. The Art of the Lord of the Rings art book series is a great resource for fans as well as fantasy artists.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is obviously the first of the trilogy (I will be writing them up one after another since I was lucky enough to pick them up as a set). Now at the time of the films release (which I guess was repeated with the release of the subsequent two sequels) there was so much material released about the film, the story even about Tolkien himself it seemed you could not look through the front door of a book shop without seeing something about Lord of the Rings. However now after a number of years This is obviously the first of the trilogy (I will be writing them up one after another since I was lucky enough to pick them up as a set). Now at the time of the films release (which I guess was repeated with the release of the subsequent two sequels) there was so much material released about the film, the story even about Tolkien himself it seemed you could not look through the front door of a book shop without seeing something about Lord of the Rings. However now after a number of years (including the release of the Hobbit) attention has moved on elsewhere and the draw of the books has diminished, at least it has for those who are not diehard fans or people who appreciate a good book. So the books are about the art of the films - from concept to final design with the odd production shot thrown in for good measure. There is a treasure trove of art here which as I have stated on many occasion, without the presence of a book like this probably would never see the light of day. Which to me in criminal considering the hours talented people have put in to their production. So for me this book spans the gap from the visual delights of the film to the classic art of the book, both from its cover and the art it has inspired over the years. You see for me the film imagery made the story its own and yet there seems to be such familiarity in every scene and this book captures that essence. So like many a book of this type it appeals to the fan of the film as well as those who know and love the story that gave it life. This book is one of those titles you could go to time after time and find something new every time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zach Carter

    If you had the power of the most powerful ring that could save your life would use it, even if it could kill you. Lord Of The Rings is a great series especially fellowship of the ring. Fellowship Of The Ring is mainly about trying to destroy the ring that created all. Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, and so many other main characters, set off on a adventure to get rid of the one ring that controls all. A man by the name of Sauron put a majority of his power into this one ring. But Gandalf is afraid that If you had the power of the most powerful ring that could save your life would use it, even if it could kill you. Lord Of The Rings is a great series especially fellowship of the ring. Fellowship Of The Ring is mainly about trying to destroy the ring that created all. Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, and so many other main characters, set off on a adventure to get rid of the one ring that controls all. A man by the name of Sauron put a majority of his power into this one ring. But Gandalf is afraid that the ring is going back to the dark lord a.k.a Sauron. After Frodo leaves the shire home to the hobbits he is pursued by 9 dark horsemen or Ringwraiths. After they discover this the head to the old forest and quickly become lost without the guidance of Gandalf the grey since he went on an urgent mission to the south. Luckily they run into a man named Tom which leads them out of the forest over several nights. After they the forest they meet this majestic man named strider. Frodo doesn’t know strider and he wants to take them off the beaten path after hearing stories of the ringwraiths. Frodo was not so foolish until the the innkeeper gave them an important letter, that was left by Gandalf many months ago that convinced Frodo to leave. Strider becomes a epic ranger in the story and saves Frodo, Sam, and two others many times. After this they go to an elvish council and decide as a group what to do with the ring. Frodo leaves the Elvish city and sets outward toward Mordor. The personal connection to this book was the balance between good and evil. I say this because the ring is the most beautiful ring and always stays shiny but put it on and you slowly become a different person. I thought this book did live up to its promise because it’s a great start so far of the trilogy and don’t see it slowing down. The book does have really boring parts but those building parts build into amazing scenes so the long read is worth the wait. This was a great book and I will finish the rest of the series This book is a good read for any fiction lover, the book is completely different to what is out there today. The book is an easy read at only 398 pages and time flies by while reading it. IF you want a good read READ THIS BOOK!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This was my favorite book of all time!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joana Peroskia

    Gandalf is amazing, You sall not past Vs the balrog of moria

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Garvey

    Found on sale for 1.50 in a charity shop by my wife and son and bought as a surprise for me, it's likely an indication of how good the book is that my son has now nicked it off me. Kindly, he let me keep it long enough to actually read and enjoy it. Obviously, the vast majority of the book is taken up with sketches, designs and production photographs but the accompanying captions are fascinating. After years of seeing people banging on about the amazing landscapes in New Zealand, it's interesting Found on sale for £1.50 in a charity shop by my wife and son and bought as a surprise for me, it's likely an indication of how good the book is that my son has now nicked it off me. Kindly, he let me keep it long enough to actually read and enjoy it. Obviously, the vast majority of the book is taken up with sketches, designs and production photographs but the accompanying captions are fascinating. After years of seeing people banging on about the amazing landscapes in New Zealand, it's interesting to see just how many of those tourism-driving wide shots are based on composite shots and matte paintings. You're a fraud, New Zealand tourist industry!! Around half of the book is devoted to the film's locations and set design but to me, the most interesting are the character sketches and the maquettes for the orcs, trolls, Uruk-Hai and the Balrog. I might even get to re-read it sometime, assuming it ever emerges from the Mordorian chaos of my son's bedroom.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I am almost through the book- 4 chapters left! The only thing that I despise and adore about J.R.R Tolkien is his love of description and the language he uses. The book draws on with no need for certain description and needs of description, but the language draws you in and hooks you to the setting, characters, and theme. Though it may also be because I saw the movie before actually diving into the literary world of the hobbits, I enjoy the creativity that rushes from the pages like waves (pun I am almost through the book- 4 chapters left! The only thing that I despise and adore about J.R.R Tolkien is his love of description and the language he uses. The book draws on with no need for certain description and needs of description, but the language draws you in and hooks you to the setting, characters, and theme. Though it may also be because I saw the movie before actually diving into the literary world of the hobbits, I enjoy the creativity that rushes from the pages like waves (pun hehehe). I am excited to get through the first and continue on with the rest. (I have read The Hobbit (prequel) and loved it and will probably love this one as well)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    4.5/5 stars Brief remarks: Pretty cool, overall. I have read the LOTR Trilogy & the Hobbit AT LEAST once/year for over 15+ years...it was a neat chance reading this part with the film based art included! I think I'll look for the rest of the set & check them out as well. My only complaint is I could only find it in a "real" book at the time (versus ebook) & I find myself no longer good at actually picking up a true book & turning pages; how pathetic is THAT?! Lame.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eric H

    I am currently reading lord of the rings fellowship of the ring this is a really good book I think the author did a really good book surprisingly he wrote this before the hobbit I think the author did a really good job of telling the landscape and characters I am now moving on to the second book I gave this book 5 stars I recommend this book to any one who likes fantasy happy reading!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arma

    This book is great I could not stop reading it

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Vande Griend

    I gave this book 4 solid stars since it has a unique story line and is unpredictable. It is one of the most creative book I have ever read besides unwanteds. And delivers some sitting at the edge of the chair action. When Bilbo is on his journey I am picturing what it looks like so I look at the movie scenes on youtube. The creativity also brings dangers to Frodo when he’s going to MT Doom. It keeps you on you’re toes wandering who’s going to capture or endanger Frodo and his buddies next. This I gave this book 4 solid stars since it has a unique story line and is unpredictable. It is one of the most creative book I have ever read besides unwanteds. And delivers some sitting at the edge of the chair action. When Bilbo is on his journey I am picturing what it looks like so I look at the movie scenes on youtube. The creativity also brings dangers to Frodo when he’s going to MT Doom. It keeps you on you’re toes wandering who’s going to capture or endanger Frodo and his buddies next. This book was just kind of a filler but it still is important to read so you don’t just go to the next book and have no idea of what Saruon and the black riders are. It was very different simular to the first book since it had a long journey to Mt Doom, and Bilbo traveled to the dwarfs old realm. It started off quick and entertaining and kept the pace throughout the book. It was fun to read about Frodo gaining experience and becoming more like Bilbo. Since I love fantasy this book was fun to read about and to picture a whole different type of world. Fantasy is really a tough thing to write about, you have to come up with new stuff or it would be copying someone and no one wants to read those books. J.R.R really nails it with his imagery giving everyone a picture with his words. He is one of the most creative author writing about things I haven’t heard of for example hobbits. It’s what really brings the book to life when you can see what’s happening when you close your eyes. No one does it better than J.R.R only Lisa McMann comes close. It didn’t question my beliefs at all, I just know this stuff is impossible to happen that’s why it’s fantasy. The only bad part is that there is to much information in this book, 423 pages is a bit much for me. I think it could shorten it up a bit or give some war scenes to give me goosebumps. This was really the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Don’t get me wrong it still a heck of a book but it’s just getting me ready for the Two Towers. The setting that J.R.R chose made the story a lot more dramatic which is appealing to me. The book is definetly not as good as the hobbit mostly because I’m used to Bilbo but Frodo still delivers some spice. I do recommend this book but not until they have read the Hobbit and if they like fantasy. This series is very entertaining and is worth the time in the end, and sets a higher bar for other books that I read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Totchtchev

    Theme: If you like reading about Middle Ages fantasy then you will like this book. Theme of this book that people should stand together to face dangers. Summary: Little hobbit Frodo seized the magical ring from his uncle, but he must destroy it. Otherwise, “The Enemy” will use it to capture the world. In this book Frodo began his journey to the place where it is possible to melt the ring. Frodo passed dark, magical forest with three friends. In the village not far away from the forest they met Theme: If you like reading about Middle Ages fantasy then you will like this book. Theme of this book that people should stand together to face dangers. Summary: Little hobbit Frodo seized the magical ring from his uncle, but he must destroy it. Otherwise, “The Enemy” will use it to capture the world. In this book Frodo began his journey to the place where it is possible to melt the ring. Frodo passed dark, magical forest with three friends. In the village not far away from the forest they met mysterious man who brought them to the save city where four other people from different countries and species volunteered to help Frodo. They passed through an ancient mine where they fought with Barlog ( fire monster ) and orcs, but that was not the end of their troubles. They met a lot of other dangers on their way. Setting: Main events happened between June, 1408 and December, 1409 ( events in all books in a serie lays within these dates ). Most of the people in the squad are cultured and educated warriors. Main heroes travelled through many cities, villages, and countries on the continent called Middle-Earth in the Earth like world known as Arda. Favorite Quote: “The Dwarves tell no tale; but even as mithril was the foundation of their wealth, so also it was their destruction; they delved too greedily and too deep, and disturbed that from which they fled, Durin’s Bane.” Analyze Quote: This quote reminded me about how greed could cause fateful events. Dwarves were greed. Delving for expansive metal they released ancient demon that killed all of them. In a real world many people make questionable decisions in order to become rich, and these decisions bring them a lot of problems. Personal Connections: This book relate to me because I overcame fear like Frodo when he agreed to go to the dangerous journey. I overcame fear of speaking foreign language with foreign people. This book is relate to everybody because it shows how hobbits feel fear just like everyone else. This fantasy book connect to people more than some books about real world. One Question: This book really made me think about overcoming yourself because main character - Frodo Baggins changed from ordinary boy to very brave and strong fellow.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This book was not for me. It's mostly just pictures of early artwork for all aspects of the first movie. So if you are really interested in the details of how different concepts evolved or perhaps if you are an artist yourself or just a LOTR super fan you may find it interesting. But personally I don't think I got that much out of it. It's just a lot of sketches of things that I already saw in the movies and I am no artist or super fan. It is however a nice reminder of all the work that goes into This book was not for me. It's mostly just pictures of early artwork for all aspects of the first movie. So if you are really interested in the details of how different concepts evolved or perhaps if you are an artist yourself or just a LOTR super fan you may find it interesting. But personally I don't think I got that much out of it. It's just a lot of sketches of things that I already saw in the movies and I am no artist or super fan. It is however a nice reminder of all the work that goes into making a movie like Lord of the Rings. An entire world has to be imagined which is an enormous amount of work that requires a huge team of talented artists. Peter Jackson obviously couldn't have generated all these ideas by himself and I think casual movie goers sometimes forget that a big part of what they actually see in the final film originated from the minds of concept artists and production designers who don't get that much glory. Couple of notable images: (1) An early concept drawing of The Company showing Frodo, Gimli, Legolas, Gandalf and Aragorn by Alan Lee (page 6) It's the very first picture in the book. Except for Gimli they all look very different than they do in the movies. (2) An alternative idea for the Argonath statues by John Howe (page 88) The Argonath statues are one of the most iconic shots in the entire trilogy, it's interesting to see another version which looks "more Northern European".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Narariel

    A lovely book with interesting tidbits from the FotR movie, I enjoyed reading it and seeing the pictures. Overall, very well-done and included stuff that isn't covered in the "appendices" of the DVDs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eddie Wright

    Despite part one being quite slow, it offers necessary background in order to continue the book. Part 2 picks up really fast and goes a lot faster overall when compared to part one. Such an amazing book regardless.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Irem.Aydoğan

    it is namely the longest / thickest book I read. but the fastest book I read. Because the story attracts you to continue reading. It has a lot of action / fantasy ... I recommend reading this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Furman

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valentine

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elias Callaerts

    The start of one of the most amazing trilogy's ever! i love these books and keep coming back to them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emelia

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Name

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ernesto

    THERE SHOULD BE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS

  26. 5 out of 5

    Declan

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thesexyman19

    Im like more the movie.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nolan

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    Loaded with original sketches from John Howe and Alan Lee; it’s really great how they worked to keep the visuals for the films accessible and not delve too much into “high fantasy”.

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