UPDATE: The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Extended Edition is now available. It’s a coffee table paperback edition (size: 21.5 H x 22.5 W cm; 8.45 x 8.85 inches) running to 176 pages and is published by HarperCollins; ISBN: 1869005301 and 1869505301. List price is US $24.95 and UK £13.95, and is available at generous discount from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk as well as most good bookshops.
A compact Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Second Edition, ideal for visitors and vacationers to Middle-earth, is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Or contact us to purchase direct for around US $15.95 or UK £9.95.
'The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook' - the definitive guide book to locations used in the making of the Lord of the Rings motion pictures - grew from of the personal enthusiasm of Ian Brodie, a devoted Tolkien fan with a special link to director Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, Bad Taste, Brain Dead, and Dead Alive). They both share a long time interest in classic aeroplanes, and met through Brodie’s work organizing air shows in which Jackson’s replica WWI Sopwith Camel biplane (which featured in his remake of 'King Kong') has flown. Crammed full of contributions from the films' cast and crew, and an article on location selection by illustrator Alan Lee, this 128-page, full-colour guide book provides unparalleled access to locations used during the 274-day and -night marathon shoot of all three movies simultaneously.
IAN BRODIE WROTE this guide book for the legion of fans of both Tolkien’s literary and Jackson’s cinematic vision who are interested in seeing for themselves where the movies: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King were shot. While all the traditional guide book elements are included: maps, road directions, accommodation and dining suggestions, other local sights - this guide also skillfully weaves in strands of local history and Maori mythology, with Elvish names, story references and behind-the-scenes glimpses from cast and crew, making this a must have guide book to Middle-earth (Aotearoa). Peter Jackson, who co-wrote the movie scripts has provided an insightful Foreword, and numerous quotes from cast and crew are included throughout the book. Those planning to visit NZ for their own Middle-earth adventures will find the numerous website and tour company listings highly useful with details of many specialist Lord of the Rings activities and tours.
NUMEROUS DETAILED MAPS with easy to follow directions including precise GPS coordinates help you accurately pinpoint key movie locations. For example around the southern resort town of Queenstown in a day you can visit the locations used for: Pillars of the Argonath and Anduin on the Kawarau River and Road to Mordor in Skippers Canyon, then Ford of Bruinen in Arrowtown before backtracking to Isengard and Amon Hen in Glenorchy. For the more adventurous take a short helicopter ride to see the Misty Mountains and Gates of Khazad-dûm on the slopes of The Remarkables, then a hop across to Lothlórien in Paradise valley before heading on to more locations. Fully indexed by location - both our earth and Middle-earth - you'll discover that many of the locations are easily accessible if you know where they are, and this book shares all the secrets!
IT'S HIS EIGHTH book and though the others have been about his other passion, Warbird aircraft, there was a link between planes and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth as Ian remarked, both come alive when photographed against New Zealand’s stunning landscape. The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook has been endorsed by New Line Cinema and many of the color photographs depict scenes from the movie trilogy including out-takes and behind the scenes glimpses of the cast including Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Arwen (Liv Tyler), Éowyn (Miranda Otto), Frodo (Elijah Woods), Boromir (Sean Bean), Sam (Sean Astin), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Saruman (Christopher Lee) among others.
Ian Brodie (50) is a director and the curator of the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum in Wanaka, Central Otago and an established and successful aviation writer, who has been closely involved in the organization of the Warbirds Over Wanaka air show for many years. In spite of having read Lord of the Rings around 40 times, he still finds time for a normal kiwi lifestyle.
Addendum to 1st Edition: Hobbiton (page 17-19) and Bag End opened to the public from December 2, 2002 - check Hobbiton Tours for daily schedule and details. Comprehensive listing of new locations in second edition, not included in first edition.
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