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The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen [Paperback]

J. W. Braun
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Sept. 1 2009

A unique scene-by-scene breakdown of all of the Lord of the Rings movies, this guide provides in-depth analysis of the live-action trilogy and other related films, alongside games, puzzles, and interviews with the filmmakers. Each scene is explored in four different ways: a closer look at the plot and the action, a look behind the scenes, a reveal of mistakes that slipped through, and audience reactions. In addition to covering the stunning Peter Jackson trilogy and other adaptions (including the animated adaptations), details are also revealed about the prequel films currently in production, making this an essential volume for any Lord of the Rings fan.

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"Author J.W. Braun, an eminently qualified aficionado of the movies, offers readers a dragon's lair of information about the creation, production and marketing of the films as well as the cultural zeitgeists surrounding each theatrical release."  —Scene Magazine

"The Lord of the Films is one of those cases where the back cover bumpf is actually true . . . after reading this book, you'll go back and watch the trilogy again with a fresh pair of eyes, as if it's the first time you're watching it."  —TheOneRing

"Braun has somehow managed to capture every little additional detail you could ask for from The Lord of the Rings films every step of the way. The book is wonderful as either light reading for fans of the films looking for more LotR content and deeper appreciation, or as a companion guide while the movies play on the television."  —Buzzine

About the Author

J. W. Braun has been a Lord of the Rings fan since the 1980s and followed every detail of the film adaptations from beginning to end on his website. He lives in Burlington, Wisconsin.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the film trivia May 16 2010
For the record, I am a mildly fanatical "Lord of the Rings" fan, both movies and books.

So unsurprisingly I was overjoyed to find out about "The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen." It wasn't quite what I expected, since it's not so much a guide as a collection of Tolkienian trivia and behind-the-scenes information about the moviemaking process -- but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable, highly informative read.

J.W. Braun gives some lavish backstory to the making of the movie trilogy and the stuff that came before it, such as Bakshi's disastrous half-finished cartoon version. He also inserts some nice interviews with people involved in production: artist Paul Lasaine, makeup artist Vance Hartwell, "Zac the Orc," and design artist Daniel Falconer.

Each of the three movies is subdivided into important scenes and stretches of the narrative, and each of these chapters is filled with fascinating facts. Every chapter starts off on a light note with "What the Big Folk Were Saying" -- in other words, the weird and funny stuff that people in the theatres said ("Someone tell that thing his comb-over isn't working"), and there are fun little side-chapters that list various stuff about the movie (the worst merchandising toys! Easter eggs! The animated versions!).
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2.0 out of 5 stars A False Appendix! Jan. 5 2011
By Detayl
I picked up Braun's book a couple of weeks ago - as I was feeling nostalgic for Lord of the Rings - and easily made my way through it.

I was a bit disappointed, however, as I discovered that most of Braun's facts and ancedotes derived from the information you can learn from watching the Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition DVDs. In fact, some might see it as borderline plagiarism.
Now, perhaps some people would rather read this information rather than watch the Appendices from the 4-DVD set, but Braun's sub-par writing really doesn't stand up to the excellent footage, stills and fantastic interviews with Peter Jackson and crew featured on the DVD.
The only thing mildly appreciative about this book is the activity section in the back. Some fun quizzes, crosswords, etc.

Overall, I dont believe this book was worth what I paid for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "RINGER'S" DELIGHT! Aug. 22 2009
By Jacqueline Roland - Published on
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Oh, I know many people, other than "Ringers", will find this book delightful.
But for Ringers... WOW!... for us, this book is a real treasure. So much information...WONDERFUL 'behind the scenes' stuff ... hours and hours of delightful discoveries that will add to my enjoyment ( and yours, I'm sure ) each time we watch the films. J.W. Braun did his homework, and we are grateful recipients of this absolutely FUN romp through our favorite movies, the films of Middle Earth. Now, along with reading and re-reading LOTR, I'm going to be reading and re-reading Lord of the Films. Thanks, J.W.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Must-Have! Aug. 19 2009
By M. E. Johnson - Published on
This is an excellent book every fan of the LOTR films will love. I thought I knew everything about The Lord of the Rings, but Braun did his homework and the result is page after page of "Wow, that's cool, I didn't know that" info. Throw in lots of cast and crew photos and interviews, and you have the icing on the cake. While the book could be longer (it's about 220 pages), it's definitely a must have for any LOTR fan."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for any LOTR fan! Aug. 20 2009
By N. Vanderburg - Published on
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I was pleasantly surprised by Lord of the Films. J.W. Braun takes you by the hand and guides you through all three films with love and a sense of humor; you can tell he loves what he does!

You'll like this book whether you're a hard-core Tolkien fan or if you've never read The Lord of the Rings but just like the films. This book is a must-have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LotR + Trivia + Behind-the-Scenes Goodies = FUN! Sept. 19 2009
By Carina Gunder - Published on
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As a fan of both LotR and trivia, this book was right up my alley. In addition to the plethora of interesting facts about the creation and impact of the three films, Braun's writing was entertaining and humorous. Reading the book made me remember all the things I love about the LotR story (both the book and the films) and want to revisit both!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new addition to the LOTR library Sept. 14 2009
By Heather Cuthill - Published on
A wonderful collection of facts, anecdotes, interviews and trivia for LOTR fans. I really enjoyed it! I didn't realize there were so many things I STILL didn't know about the making of the films. Kudos to the author for what must have been a long and grueling process of researching this book.
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