The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring

ISBN: 0618212906
ISBN 13: 9780618212903
By: Gary Russell

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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. 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.

Reader's Thoughts

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Thought it wouldn't be as good as the amazing movies. Tried for a while to read it, and finally got the strength to actually do it! And I reallllly liked it. On to the next books (which is awesome because, for some reason, nowadays I'm having trouble finishing one book before going to the next! Now I'm actually going for another book *in the same series*. That's crazy)! Not sure if it beats the movies yet, but it's close...the next books might pull it over for me.

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!


Awesome!!! I really really enjoyed this book. A very good look into all the hard work that went into creating this spectacular movie. I was really taken by all the drawings that were done before production even started...all the time and effort that went into getting the look that we finally saw on the big screen.

Alex Telander

starstarstarWhere did most of the design influences from the movie come from? What does the floor plan of Bag End look like? How were digital techniques used to increase the scale of Middle-Earth on screen? Who made the Orcs look so fearsome?In this interim period, where time is counting down tot eh next Lord of the Rings epic release, The Two Towers, it is important to take out your copy of The Fellowship of the Ring (no doubt on DVD) and view it over and over, for you simply cannot stand the waiting. Fortunately, there are other means of tedium solving than watching the movie and reading the books repeatedly. And that is The Lord of the Rings: The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring.With breathtaking colorful scenery pictures, tantalizing sketches and drawings of characters and creatures, as well as full color final depictions, this book is a work of art itself. Plus there’s a great commentary provided by Gary Russell pointing out crucial facts and details, such as answers to the questions posed in the first paragraph of this review, as well as many others.Hopefully, The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring will keep your satisfied until the movie release, and if it doesn’t, watch this space for a review of The Art of the Two Towers.Originally published on October 14th, 2002.For over 500 book reviews, and over 40 exclusive author interviews (both audio and written), visit BookBanter.


I liked the plot and it was well written, to the point it was gripping.

Silvio Icka

I enjoyed the artwork and matched my skills by trying to imitate it, learning how to draw hobbits.

L Brauer

I own this book which is basically still photographs from the movie - an easy read and a great souveneir for the movie.


A panoramic view on the arts of the film... with scratch, designs and in-work suggestions.... Good book to read and view! :)Hobbit costumes WOW! :P


First book of my reading loves.


The lord of the rings is a very in depth book that with change your hole idea on adventurer and has become my favorite book ever ,and i intend on reading the rest of the Sears i love calm shire and the mines of morea the wizards battling and cave troll and Frodo the best hero ever.




I thought it was a great action packed book to be continued in the trilogy. I recommend this to my peers!


(More pictures at 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.


This is a great boo for young readers that are looking for a challenge. I think all people should read the book because it is a great adventure story and the book goes well with the movie. I think it deserves a 5 star rating. It is an amazing book!!! You should read the series.

Michael Lezza

I felt like the first chapter was really dry and had a bunch of big words. But after that it was great I loved it. It was so entertaining I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to 6th graders and up.

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