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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Insider's Guide Paperback – Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618195599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618195596
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Essentially, a watered-down version of Sibley's Official Movie Guide, The Lord of the Rings Insider's Guide is a slim but fact-packed volume for children that reveals as much as they could ever want to know about the making of the biggest fantasy movie ever. Sibley adapts his style well for a younger audience, taking them behind the camera to meet director Peter Jackson and see how all the amazing special effects were created. Children will especially love the 16 pages of colour photographs showing all the cast, including the scary monsters, in full colour and should certainly create plenty of interest in the film. This will make a great present for any child who wants to see the film. --Jonathan Weir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"...if the early footage is anything to go by, expect a spectacular voyage into Middle-earth." -- Empire magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This book is apparently intended to be the equivalent for young readers of the "Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide," which is also written by Brian Sibley (who was also the co-writer of the script for the BBC's excellent radio adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings," starring Ian Holm as Frodo). In many ways this children's version, although shorter and less detailed, is more interesting than the adult version. The "Insiders' Guide" contains some information not included in the "Movie Guide," such as the "Loom!" story mentioned by another reviewer below. Indeed, in general the emphasis of the "Insiders' Guide" seems to be a bit less on the production design of the movie, and more on the process of filming it and the experience of being on the set, than that of the "Movie Guide."
One interesting feature of Sibley's text as compared to that of the "Movie Guide" is that the chapters of the "Insiders' Guide" tend to begin with especially intriguing sentences intended to grab the reader's attention. Perhaps Sibley thinks this is more necessary when writing for children than for adults; I consider it a good technique when writing for any audience. ("Apollo 13," formerly called "Lost Moon," by James Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger, is an excellent example of the use of this technique in a non-fiction book for adults.)
Tolkien fans, and those moviegoers who have fallen in love with Peter Jackson's film, may well want to collect all four movie tie-in books: this "Insiders' Guide" and the "Photo Guide" (both intended for children) along with the "Movie Guide" and the "Visual Companion" (both intended for adults). Young readers seeking paperback books about the movie will find both the "Insiders' Guide" and the "Photo Guide" fairly good choices; the "Insiders' Guide" provides information about the movie's production and the background behind it, while the "Photo Guide" is the better bet for images from the film.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 2 2002
Format: Paperback
At first glance, this guide to the new "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" seems like an excellent source of info and photographs from the movie.
The problem is that virtually all of the text is lifted, diluted, and transplanted from the Brian Sibley adult movie guide. This one, on the flip side, has less information than the adult one, as well as far fewer pictures; most of what it does have is in black-and-white, newspaper-quality pictures. There are admittedly some pix that are not included in the adult guide, such as a picture of the Nazgul as they really are, and a picture of Sam wading out to Frodo's boat. But these are simply not worth it.
If you do buy a copy, check the cover, which seems to bend and tear easily; also the binding and paper seem very cheap and flimsy. There is a section of color photos in the middle, but not all of them are new.
I'm not sure why quality was skimped on for the children's edition -- the adult one has high-quality paper and binding, and every photo is color. Was it thought that kids wouldn't notice? On the contrary -- I found it very frustrating to see less information, and worse quality books.
If you wish to buy a movie guide, either buy the more expensive (but worth it) adult edition of this book, or the Fellowship Visual Companion.
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Having the disadvantage of living in Japan, I'll have to wait till next spring to see "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" at movie theaters. So for this Christmas of course I got three books about this movie: "Fellowship of the Rings Photo Guide", "Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide", and "Fellowship of the Ring Insider's Guide".
This Insider's Guide is mostly aimed for younger kids. This 96 pages book has 16 pages of color photographs, history of J.R.R. Tolkien, history on Peter Jackson, behind-the-scenes, about cast and crew, and much, much more! Some may be disappointed though because the book being in a way short and not containing enough stuff. But the major reason for my giving only 4 stars is that though there are 16 pages filled with 34 nice color photos and yet, there are other small pictures in the book. The thing is, the rest of the pictures are all in fuzzy, very unclear black and white photos! If they were going to put photos in this Insider's Guide, they could have at least made them nice, clean color pictures!
My favorite part is the part around the end where they were talking about the accidents that happened on the set. Actor Sean Astin (who plays Samwise Gangee) had a huge wooden loom for making tapestries fell and hit him on the head. Ever since that, his hobbit friends would make him jump by pointing behind him and shouting, "Loom!"
If you're thinking of getting a "Lord of the Rings" book based on the new movie, I recommend this book if you can overlook the most of the pretty bad photos like I described. I still love the "Insider's Guide" and I'm sure you'll like it, too.
Here are two other books I can recommend you to get.
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This is a simplified version of the Official Movie Guide, made especially for children. The cover is very handsome. It's a fairly small book, but it doesn't talk down to the kids. It's clearly written for a British audience but most American kids should be able to handle it. It gives a brief but good background on the movie, the characters, and the original book. Nice.
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