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The Fellowship of the Ring: Visual Companion Hardcover – Nov 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T) (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618154019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618154012
  • Product Dimensions: 32.3 x 23.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #542,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Amazon

Jude Fisher's Lord of the Rings Visual Companion is a real treat for Tolkien fans and brings readers up close to some of the amazing detail they will find in the big-screen version of this fantasy classic. Not just a straightforward movie guide, this is more of a Middle-earth encyclopedia with information on the people and places to which moviegoers will be introduced. The text is informative and never presumes any level of knowledge, making this book more than accessible for Tolkien fans or those who have yet to discover his work. The pictures are full color and quite simply superb, showcasing the movie's epic scope and exciting special effects. There is even a foldout map of Middle-earth in the center pages using shots from the movie to illustrate key locations, giving it a more realistic feel. Not an average movie tie-in book, Fisher's wonderful guide has been as lovingly put together as the movie itself and has "quality" stamped all over it. This is definitely one to add to your collection. --Jonathan Weir, Amazon.co.uk

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-This official, authorized companion to the movie will be helpful to anyone wanting background about Middle-earth, the ancient history of the rings of power, and the main characters and creatures in J. R. R. Tolkien's work. Readers will learn the history of the free peoples of Middle-earth, hobbits, elves, dwarves, and men. The book ends with the Istari, an Elvish term meaning an order or brotherhood of wizards; Gandalf the Grey and Saruman the White are highlighted in this section. Finally, the Dark Powers are featured, including the Orcs, Uruk-Hai, and the Nazgul. The photos are excellent and give readers a good idea of what the characters are all about and their roles in the movie. Anyone interested in a brief history of Tolkien's novel, filmmaking, and cinematography will find this an entertaining read.
Patricia White-Williams, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
This is the best of the many books trying to be 'visual companions' to the film. I appreciated not only the quality of photo selections from the movie, but also the small details such as the dust cover photo also being on the hard cover. (I removed my dust cover to save wear and tear!)
The character descriptions are complete, very insightful, and geared more toward the novice aficionado of the LOTR story. They also provide in wonderful brevity much helpful background information for those who may not have read the book. This book centers on the film--not the making of the film.
While my seventh graders loved this thing, I found myself also looking through the beautiful color stills time and time again. Action is captured with breathtaking realism from the movie, and especially vivid is the ferocity the Orcs!
I've seen many 'picture books' which have attempted to visualize and summarize this wonderful story. None were as good at both as this one. It captures it all, and “The Two Towers� companion work is on its way!
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Format: Hardcover
'The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion' is obviously a very beautiful, well concieved and put-together companion to Peter Jackson's adaptation of the books, and would work best with either people who have not seen the movie and have limited knowledge of the plot, or those who have seen the movie and want to find some little extra details on the characters and locations. Apart from adding it to their collection, I can't see any seasoned Tolkien-fans finding any new information in his book, especially if they've been tracking the progress of the movies on television documentaries or in magazines.
The book is divided into sections, starting with a brief history of the One Ring and the Last Alliance, and continuing with the species of Middle Earth, followed by characters of this particular race and the places in which they live. For example, Chapter Three begins with a brief introduction to Elves, then follows with biographies of Elrond, Arwen, Legolas and Galadriel, with Lothlorien added in. The last segment is dedicated to 'The Dark Powers', in particular the Ringwraiths and the various types of orcs.
Jude Fisher obviously knows her stuff, and somehow manages to stay true to both the movie and the books without contradicting one or the other. She adds in small details and features of the places and characters that were not (and presumably will never) be mentioned in the movies, such as Sam's father's name, the nature of the Istari, Elrond's ancestry and the symbolic nature of the Evenstar, and how it is also Arwen's second alias.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
The "Lord of the Rings" movie recently was probably the best movie I've seen, and Jude Fisher's accompanying visual companion is a good piece of work.
It gives a concise, good summary of people, places and different races in Middle-Earth. It'll tell moviegoers background tidbits not in the movie: why Sam is fascinated by Elves, what happened to Frodo's parents, that Legolas is a prince, what Elrond's ancestry is, and Gandalf's true nature.
We are filled in less so on places: Lothlorien itself gets only four paragraphs. Individual species get more space: We hear about the history of the human Men of Middle-Earth, about the habits of the hobbits, and the "leaving these shores" comment about the Elves.
I would like to remind some of the other reviewers that many people -- adults and children -- have not read the books and this book is probably for them. So to give away massive spoilers concerning Moria would be very bad news. (Just as this book doesn't let us know what happens to certain characters) So it's inevitable that some parts of the plot, especially those that hinge the plot, will not be revealed. Some clues about events in "Two Towers" are given -- look carefully. The pictures are very good, very well chosen -- the ones of Frodo and Sam in particular.
Overall, if you have never read the LOTR trilogy (or "Hobbit") then this is definitely the book to pick up. It won't clue you in on every exquisite detail, but it will get rid of much of your confusion.
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Format: Hardcover
I've seen the movie twice in the first week it was released and have read LOTR several times including once aloud to my teenage sons. Pick this book up along with your own copy of LOTR and begin reading Tolkein aloud to your children. Parents make the best visual companions! Turn off the TV this week and read aloud to your kids. If you've taken them to see "The Fellowship of the Rings" (I would advise children over the age of 10), then read Tolkein to them. Keep Fisher's resource handy as an occasional companion as you read. Most volumes of Tolkein come with maps. This Tolkein visual companion is no different, with the map keyed to the movie. There is a danger in all this though. Your children's imagination sparked by Tolkein's genius descriptive writing will create an even more detailed and wonderful Middle Earth than the blockbuster movie was able to create. Use this visual companion sparingly with your children. Encourage their imagination to fill the big screen of their minds with Tolkein's epic tale. Parents play a key role in all this.
For two books with many more creative ideas for parents, look into "The Family Cloister" and "The Christian Family Toolbox", both by David Robinson and available on Amazon.com.
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