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


This was my favorite book of all time!

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.


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


(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.


I love concept art and this was amazing!

A Ha

So much details not shown on d movie. Glad i read it!


First book of my reading loves.


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


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.

SC Author

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.


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 am almost through the book- 4 chapters left!The only thing that I despise and adore about J.R.R Tolkien is his love of description and the language he uses. The book draws on with no need for certain description and needs of description, but the language draws you in and hooks you to the setting, characters, and theme.Though it may also be because I saw the movie before actually diving into the literary world of the hobbits, I enjoy the creativity that rushes from the pages like waves (pun hehehe). I am excited to get through the first and continue on with the rest.(I have read The Hobbit (prequel) and loved it and will probably love this one as well)




I didn't actually read this book; it got added by accident, but I decided to leave it here hoping that it makes me look smarter.


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

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