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This official tie-in photo guidebook is packed with exclusive photographs and in-depth text offering a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson. Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving This official tie-in photo guidebook is packed with exclusive photographs and in-depth text offering a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson. Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold -- Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse… Richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film, and featuring a brand new fold-out map charting the journey from Bag End to Wilderland, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion begins the Quest for the Lonely Mountain in spectacular style.


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This official tie-in photo guidebook is packed with exclusive photographs and in-depth text offering a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson. Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving This official tie-in photo guidebook is packed with exclusive photographs and in-depth text offering a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson. Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold -- Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse… Richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film, and featuring a brand new fold-out map charting the journey from Bag End to Wilderland, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion begins the Quest for the Lonely Mountain in spectacular style.

30 review for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Visual Companion

  1. 5 out of 5

    ~♥~ happinesslife

    http://yourhappinesslife.blogspot.com... Un libro que todo fan de los libros y las películas deberían tener.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Rinn Ramli

    Terus grab bila nampak buku ni kat big bad wolf. Membantu dalam mengenali watak watak dalam movie ini. :-)

  3. 3 out of 5

    mrbooks

    very interesting, from a standpoint of the making of the film.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darkpool

    my thoughtful great nephew got this out of his school library for me because he knew I'd enjoy reading it.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Lucinda

    The must-have, comprehensive guide to go with the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film This official companion to the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” offers one an unforgettable illustrated glimpse into the fascinating peoples and places of Middle-Earth, as seen on the big screen. Author Jude Fisher is also creator of the film guides for the Lord of the Rings (the fellowship of the ring, the two towers and the return of the king), which enhance the movie experience by taking you to the hea The must-have, comprehensive guide to go with the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film This official companion to the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” offers one an unforgettable illustrated glimpse into the fascinating peoples and places of Middle-Earth, as seen on the big screen. Author Jude Fisher is also creator of the film guides for the Lord of the Rings (the fellowship of the ring, the two towers and the return of the king), which enhance the movie experience by taking you to the heart of Peter Jackson’s creation. Join the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Wizard and the company of Dwarves on their quest to recover treasure stolen by Smaug the Dragon. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold – Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs and worse…like the white Orc. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey visual companion offers readers extensive information and exclusive insights into the world of Bilbo and his friends including: * How the members of the company of Thorin Oakenshield are related, and who has greatest reason to hate the Orcs * Whether the Elves of Rivendell, and their Lord Elrond, will provide safe harbor to the Dwarves in their time of need * Why the Goblins of the Misty Mountains have become hideously deformed, and who is the monstrous King that rules over them *Who is the eccentric Wizard Radagast and what dark peril has he discovered in the forest of Mirkwood? * Plus, a brand new map from the film charting the journey of the company from the Shire to Wilderland. This richly illustrated, hardback volume with more than 100 full-color photographs from the film begins the quest for the Lonely Mountain in spectacular style. Despite feeling passionately that this book is a brilliant read and an essential purchase, I do feel that it is somewhat overpriced for the size of the book and contents. (Priced at an expensive £12.99 UK for a slim 79 page book). The writing is informative and illuminating, adding to one’s personal experience with the fantastic film and also JRR Tolkien’s novel. This together with such stunning photographs makes this a real treat and something which all Hobbit and Tolkien fans alike will love to have on their bookshelves, and is a great edition to any collection. I have rated this 4.5 stars only because of the cost – as I purchased my own copy secondhand.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    If this had been my only source of information pre-film I'd be surprisingly optimistic about it's upcoming release. As it isn't, I'm much more dubious and prepared to not like the changes that have been made. The Movie Storybook is the one that you want to prepare yourself for the film disappointments and, as I understand it, the Official Movie Guide (although I've decided not to read that one until after the film is out). However, the book is a lovely hardback; the pictures are well chosen and If this had been my only source of information pre-film I'd be surprisingly optimistic about it's upcoming release. As it isn't, I'm much more dubious and prepared to not like the changes that have been made. The Movie Storybook is the one that you want to prepare yourself for the film disappointments and, as I understand it, the Official Movie Guide (although I've decided not to read that one until after the film is out). However, the book is a lovely hardback; the pictures are well chosen and haven't been overly photoshopped like in the three books for children. The text is well written, and gives you information to enhance your viewing of the film without actually spoiling anything. Which is why it reads like 'gosh, they've really paid attention to the book (and the 'Of Dwarves' section in the LotR appendices) and created interesting characters from the little information we're given about them - good job' and lulls you in to feeling this could be a good adaptation. It remains to be seen, of course, but I'm going in with a healthy dose of suspicion. In comparison to the LotR Visual Companions that Jude Fisher also did, this one is slightly smaller in physical size but has more pages. The RotK Visual Companion (because that's the one I've got on hand to compare with) had much more text, and read more like a story guide whereas this one reads much more like a 'set the scene and meet the characters' book. I believe, however, that's how the FotR Visual Companion read too (it definitely had a fold out map, like this one does too) so it may be that the volumes for the next two films will be more storybook like than this one. We shall see. If you're a fan of the LotR films and are looking forward to the Hobbit films too, then get it by all means - you'll love it (and rate it 4 or 5 stars). Me, I'm overly invested in these films which I'm sure I will end up not liking, yet I just can't help compulsively buying this stuff (and can't quite bring myself to give this 4 stars).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Stunning imagery but slightly marred by quite a number of poor quality movie stills on double-page spreads. Still enjoyed the visual details of character and set designs, and the foldout map of north Middle-Earth is fantastic!

  8. 3 out of 5

    johanna

    Beautiful book complete with glossy full-colour pictures and illustrations of the characters and races of Middle Earth, as it is shown in The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey. To sum it up -- Awesomeness.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Kyla

    I loved reading about my favorite characters. It was absolutely the best.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sergiu Năstruţ

    Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day To find our long forgotten gold. [J.R.R.Tolkien]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anjie (LovethyShelf)

    Great pictorial source for getting more in depth information on the world of Hobbit. The photographs were simply amazing!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jewell Chassey

    we are reading this book

  13. 3 out of 5

    Nathalia

    Con información que por lo menos yo no sabía e imagenes preciosas de la película, es un libro exactamente a quienes está dirigido: para los fanáticos de la Tierra Media.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Baggies is used to live within a life that is comfortable and has nothing to worried about anything. But one day a bunch of drwarves and a wizard came into his house and on the next day, they went on a adventure. He is not a adventurous hobbit before, he live comfortably, but surprisingly he’ve show that he is really useful in their journey, maybe he is born to be a adventurous hobbit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Frieda

    I really enjoyed it it! With the dwarfs and elves and all the magical creatures. When I read the book, I imagined I was the main character, instead of Bilbo. Bilbo was still there, just I was the main character.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Daniel da Silva

    Livro fascinante! Tolkien demonstra humor perspicaz ao colocar as seguintes palavras na boca de um dragão: – Assim está melhor – disse Smaug. – Mas não deixe que sua imaginação o leve muito longe!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Pierwszy raz słyszysz o "Hobbicie"? Nie masz pojęcia, co w ogóle znaczy to słowo, ani co możliwie spotkasz w tym świecie, jak on wygląda i jakie potworności skrywa? W takim razie to będzie dla Ciebie idealny przewodnik przed filmem. Bogato ilustrowany i odkrywający wszystkie tajemnice(dotyczące postaci i miejsc, czyli to wszystko, co już wiesz, jeżeli czytałeś książkę). Książka ma format A4, twardą okładkę i obwolutę. Rozpoczyna się przedmową Martina Freemana, grającego Bilbo w "Hobbicie". Nie mo Pierwszy raz słyszysz o "Hobbicie"? Nie masz pojęcia, co w ogóle znaczy to słowo, ani co możliwie spotkasz w tym świecie, jak on wygląda i jakie potworności skrywa? W takim razie to będzie dla Ciebie idealny przewodnik przed filmem. Bogato ilustrowany i odkrywający wszystkie tajemnice(dotyczące postaci i miejsc, czyli to wszystko, co już wiesz, jeżeli czytałeś książkę). Książka ma format A4, twardą okładkę i obwolutę. Rozpoczyna się przedmową Martina Freemana, grającego Bilbo w "Hobbicie". Nie mogłam się nie uśmiechnąć, ponieważ widać, że pisał to właśnie on. Dowcipnie, ironicznie, ale też z lekką dumą. Nie z siebie(choć tego też mu nie brakuje), ale z wielkości dzieła, które jest przenoszone na ekran. Pierwsza ciekawostka pojawia się właśnie tam, nad wszystkimi filmami aktorzy będą pracować przynajmniej dwa i pół roku, a to jest ogromny szmat czasu. Następnie mamy chronologiczne przedstawienie miejsc i postaci. Zaczynając od niepozornego, młodego Hobbita Biblo Bagginsa, a kończąc na Radagaście Brązowym. Znajdziemy tu opisy wyglądu bohaterów, broni, powiązań rodzinnych oraz cytaty z książki. Towarzyszą tekstowi piękne zdjęcia, więc nie ma go samego specjalnie dużo. Są tutaj również opisy miejsc. Większość jest znajoma osobom, które czytały książkę, ale kilka rzeczy to ciekawostki, ponieważ pojawiły się tylko w filmie. Niestety zdjęcia, które są rozciągnięte na 2 strony mają taką sobie jakość. Pozostałe są całkiem niezłe, ale na tych widać piksele. Przewodnik ma niewiele stron, ponieważ tylko 80, więc wychodzi na to, że cena za stronę to około 50 groszy(prawie napisałam centów!). Ja książkę kupiłam za 15 zł z ciekawości, jednak teraz wydaje mi się to i tak marnotrawstwem pieniędzy. Zdjęcia można znaleźć na oficjalnej stronie, jak pisałam większość rzeczy wiemy już z książki, przewodnik nie dodaje nic nowego, nawet powiedziałabym, że styl pisania nie jest aż tak różny, autorka wyraźnie się inspirowała pierwowzorem. Pochłonęłam to w półgodziny i byłam zawiedziona podobnie, jak w przypadku "Przewodnika po świecie herosów". Co z tego, że to ładnie wygląda, świetnie pachnie i się błyszczy, jak ja to wszystko wiem? "Hobbit: Niezwykła podróż. Filmowe postacie i miejsca" niestety polecić nie mogę, jako osoba, która czytała książkę i widziała już film.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex Gaudet

    The Hobbit an unexpected journey J.R.R Tolkien The tale of the hobbit is a novel full of adventure and excitement. It is a story about how a lonesome, boring Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, finds him true self and see’s there is more to life than just sitting in his home with a cup of tea watching the days go by. Now that’s not all to the story. What kind of unexpected journey would that be? This tale begins in a hole in the ground, otherwise known as a hobbit home in the Shire. The shire is a lovely, The Hobbit an unexpected journey J.R.R Tolkien The tale of the hobbit is a novel full of adventure and excitement. It is a story about how a lonesome, boring Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, finds him true self and see’s there is more to life than just sitting in his home with a cup of tea watching the days go by. Now that’s not all to the story. What kind of unexpected journey would that be? This tale begins in a hole in the ground, otherwise known as a hobbit home in the Shire. The shire is a lovely, close community full of hobbits. Hobbits are little elf like people with pointy ears and large hairy feet. Bilbo Baggins is a strange hobbit that is not fully engaged in life and is a homebody. He isn’t very sociable but has a kind heart in which could be used later on in the story. His life turns around quickly when a unexpected knock upon his door alerts him. Bilbo is at loss for words when he see’s none less than Gandalf The Great wizard at his doorstep. Gandalf invites Bilbo on his adventure to take back the throne of Erabor. Bilbo feels as though he would be no use and is not to fond of the idea of an adventure because he loves the feeling that home gives him which is warmth and safety. A spark sets off in Bilbo and he feels as if he needs to go on this adventure. As Bilbo, Gandalf and 13 dwarfs set out on their journey through dangerous forest filled with deadly creatures and packs of orcs that stalk them to try to kill them Bilbo has never felt more alive. Because of the deadly situation they are in, they become as close as brothers. They learn valuable lessons that changes the characters attitudes and who they are. At first the dwarfs did not respect Bilbo and saw him as a waste of space. He was singled out because he is the only hobbit on the journey. None of the dwarfs know why Gandalf is so determined to keep Bilbo safe until Bilbo’s character becomes the most important on the journey. The characters do not reach their destination until the second book. The book made you become very fond of the characters and care for them. It was easy to feel the characters emotions. It was a very exciting, nail biting book that i would read again.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Philip | Book Walk

    Der Hobbit - Eine unerwartete Reise. Das offizielle Begleitbuch, eines der vielen Bücher zum kommenden ersten Teil der Verfilmung des Romans der Hobbit von J. R. R. Tolkien, ist ein rundum gelungenes, sehr informatives Buch rund um die faszinierende Welt von Mittelerde. Der Leser erfährt nicht nur allerlei nützliche und informative Details zu den im ersten Film vorkommenden Charakteren wie Bilbo Beutlin, Gandalf der Graue oder Gollum, sondern ebenfalls über die wichtigen Schauplätze der Erzählun Der Hobbit - Eine unerwartete Reise. Das offizielle Begleitbuch, eines der vielen Bücher zum kommenden ersten Teil der Verfilmung des Romans der Hobbit von J. R. R. Tolkien, ist ein rundum gelungenes, sehr informatives Buch rund um die faszinierende Welt von Mittelerde. Der Leser erfährt nicht nur allerlei nützliche und informative Details zu den im ersten Film vorkommenden Charakteren wie Bilbo Beutlin, Gandalf der Graue oder Gollum, sondern ebenfalls über die wichtigen Schauplätze der Erzählung (u.a. das Auenland, Bruchtal oder die Trollhöhen) und die unterschiedlichen Völker, seien es nun Orks, Elben oder Zwerge. Begleitet wird die Beschreibung von dutzenden erstklassigen, hochauflösenden und detailverliebten Fotos, welche sehr gut ausgewählt sind und einfach zu dem jeweiligen Thema hervorragend passen. Ein interessantes und unterhaltsames Grußwort von Martin Freeman zu Beginn des Buches runden dieses geniale, leider etwas teure aber dennoch uneingeschrät empfehlbare Nachschlagewerk ab. Darüber hinaus gefällt mir die Gestaltung des Buches sehr gut. Das Cover kann sich sehen lassen. Ein hochauflösendes Foto zeigt sowohl die 13 Zwerge rund um Thorin Eichenschild und den Zauberer Gandalf als auch den Hauptdarsteller Martin Freeman in seiner Rolle als Bilbo Beutlin im Großformat. Der Druck ist sehr gelungen und da das Buch als gebundene Ausgabe mit Schutzumschlag erschienen ist, wobei sowohl das Buch selbst als auch der Umschlag die kurz beschriebene, tolle Gestaltung haben, macht das Buch insgesamt einen sehr gelungenen Eindruck und im heimischen Bücherregal trotz seines großen Formats eine gute Figur! Fazit: Die etwas knapp gehaltenen 80 Seiten dieses Buches erscheinen auf den ersten Blick recht wenig und der hohe Kaufpreis von knapp 20 Euro mögen anfangs abschreckend wirken. Da das Buch aber mit einem wirklich tollen Inhalt überzeugen kann, ist dieser Preis gerechtfertigt und man sollte unbedingt einen Blick in dieses tolle Nachschlagewerk von Jude Fisher werfen. Eine absolute Empfehlung für detailverliebte und auf Hintergrundwissen hungrige Fantasyfans.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam Woodfield

    The Hobbit Visual Companion is the book to accompany the long-awaited film of the Tolkien classic novel. The book provides information on all the characters and places which will feature in the film to give the reader and insight into what's instore. The book contains beautiful colour stills from the film and this has got me really excited about the film. As per 'The Lord of the Rings' films, the scenery, sets and costumes look fabulous and this book gives you a real close up of this. The text ac The Hobbit Visual Companion is the book to accompany the long-awaited film of the Tolkien classic novel. The book provides information on all the characters and places which will feature in the film to give the reader and insight into what's instore. The book contains beautiful colour stills from the film and this has got me really excited about the film. As per 'The Lord of the Rings' films, the scenery, sets and costumes look fabulous and this book gives you a real close up of this. The text accompanying the pictures is very simple and gives the reader the background information to get to know the characters before the film starts and I enjoyed reading this. There isn't much more to say about this book really as it is simply the accompaniment to the film and the novel, film and this book really need to be taken together to create a full picture, and this book alone lacks a bit of context. But I'm really glad I read this as now I'm very excited for the film!

  21. 3 out of 5

    David Natiuk

    I read it on the iPad and it had stunning pictures and layout. Well-formatted, easy-to-read size text, and color-schemes and font choices all made it visually appealing. The content was a fair overview of the characters, a few of the locations, and touched briefly on "The Quest". It is by no means comprehensive, nor does it try to be, but it does bring into each character some of their history, strengths and challenges, and their focus and purpose of being on the journey. I really appreciated the I read it on the iPad and it had stunning pictures and layout. Well-formatted, easy-to-read size text, and color-schemes and font choices all made it visually appealing. The content was a fair overview of the characters, a few of the locations, and touched briefly on "The Quest". It is by no means comprehensive, nor does it try to be, but it does bring into each character some of their history, strengths and challenges, and their focus and purpose of being on the journey. I really appreciated the concise, well-thought out text of this guide and even finished the book having learned a few new things. Especially with The Hobbit's challenge of making 13 dwarfs all unique and interesting... sometimes a good summary like this will help you feel more connected to each individual. I feel it enhances the movie... and that seems to be the goal with a "Visual Companion" -- so, well done!

  22. 3 out of 5

    Rose

    I'm a huge fan of the newly released Hobbit film, so this book was a ton of fun to read! Besides being filled with over 100 color photos, there is a forward by Martin Freeman, as well as informative sections on hobbits, Bilbo Baggins, Bag End, Gandalf the Grey, dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, Fili and Kili, a map of Middle-Earth, Balin and Dwalin, Bifur and Bofur, Bombur and Dori, Nori and Ori, Oin and Gloin, the Quest, Trollshaw Forest, trolls, Rivendell, elves, the White Council, Galadriel, Elron I'm a huge fan of the newly released Hobbit film, so this book was a ton of fun to read! Besides being filled with over 100 color photos, there is a forward by Martin Freeman, as well as informative sections on hobbits, Bilbo Baggins, Bag End, Gandalf the Grey, dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, Fili and Kili, a map of Middle-Earth, Balin and Dwalin, Bifur and Bofur, Bombur and Dori, Nori and Ori, Oin and Gloin, the Quest, Trollshaw Forest, trolls, Rivendell, elves, the White Council, Galadriel, Elrond, Gollum, the Ring, goblins, the goblin king, orcs, wargs, and Radagast the Brown. This book is brimming with interesting facts about Middle-Earth! What more could a Tolkien fan want? Highly recommended! :)

  23. 3 out of 5

    Marcie

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the Visual companion to the movie. Inside this book Jude Fisher takes a closer look at the main characters in this movie. He gives background information on each character that's insightful. Fisher also delves into the quest that Bilbo embarks on and addresses some of the foes that the company has to face. If you've read the The Hobbit, nothing in this book will really surprise you. However it's worth getting just for the beautiful photographs. I really wish The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the Visual companion to the movie. Inside this book Jude Fisher takes a closer look at the main characters in this movie. He gives background information on each character that's insightful. Fisher also delves into the quest that Bilbo embarks on and addresses some of the foes that the company has to face. If you've read the The Hobbit, nothing in this book will really surprise you. However it's worth getting just for the beautiful photographs. I really wish I could show you some of the images. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I can't wait. I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, and I know this movie will be just as fantastic. Read more at http://www.2readornot2read.com/2012/1...

  24. 3 out of 5

    Wesleyxiao

    This book the story was good. i like it. The book was talking about the hobbit. Hobbit mean is a country and they're short and small. And they fight the monster? And they want to find a diamond something? i forget it. So they going to mountain and they find a key. when the night they can open the door and find a diamond. The Dragon was at the inside. They fight with dragon. The dragon use fire and fight with them. The dragon scary the water and they use the water rock and fight the fire dragon b This book the story was good. i like it. The book was talking about the hobbit. Hobbit mean is a country and they're short and small. And they fight the monster? And they want to find a diamond something? i forget it. So they going to mountain and they find a key. when the night they can open the door and find a diamond. The Dragon was at the inside. They fight with dragon. The dragon use fire and fight with them. The dragon scary the water and they use the water rock and fight the fire dragon but the dragon is not died. The Dragon was go to town. i love this book i saw the movie with my friends. That was good book and good movie.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Go

    I would say this book is for budding Lord of the Rings fans. It is very basic for anyone who doesn't know anything about The Lord of the Rings, which means you have been living under a rock. It gives bare minimum descriptions of anything from dwarves, wargs, elves, the shire, wizards, and hobbits themselves. For instance, here is an excerpt: "Hobbits…are generally pleasant and comfortable: especially about the middle, which is, to be honest, rather fat, for hobbits like to eat—a lot." I enjoyed I would say this book is for budding Lord of the Rings fans. It is very basic for anyone who doesn't know anything about The Lord of the Rings, which means you have been living under a rock. It gives bare minimum descriptions of anything from dwarves, wargs, elves, the shire, wizards, and hobbits themselves. For instance, here is an excerpt: "Hobbits…are generally pleasant and comfortable: especially about the middle, which is, to be honest, rather fat, for hobbits like to eat—a lot." I enjoyed the Official Movie Guide immensely because of its depth, in comparison this Visual Companion was shallow and insufficient.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Katherine McCarthy

    As one deeply in love with everything Lord of the Rings, I really enjoyed this book. The only reason it does not receive 5 stars is due to some grammatical, spelling, and one factual error in the book. The factual error is that the author states that Fili and Kili are the youngest dwarves in The Company, which is true (Kili being younger than Fili), but then a few pages later states the same fact about Ori, which is impossible and inaccurate. Ori is the youngest of his brothers, but not the entir As one deeply in love with everything Lord of the Rings, I really enjoyed this book. The only reason it does not receive 5 stars is due to some grammatical, spelling, and one factual error in the book. The factual error is that the author states that Fili and Kili are the youngest dwarves in The Company, which is true (Kili being younger than Fili), but then a few pages later states the same fact about Ori, which is impossible and inaccurate. Ori is the youngest of his brothers, but not the entire Company. That and a few spelling/grammar issues make me a bit disappointed, but overall the work was interesting and enjoyable for the casual or devoted Tolkien fan.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    Perhaps it was not wise to watch the movie first, and then pick up this book. However, beyond the redundant information, it was fascinating to have a window into the livelihood of each of the dwarves, their background, characteristics... ( it is difficult to discern why they chose to have Bifur with an ax embedded into his skull.) While I enjoy the detailed, fold out map, I cannot quite understand why the author choose to use multiple low quality photos for the overleaf, two pages images. Nevert Perhaps it was not wise to watch the movie first, and then pick up this book. However, beyond the redundant information, it was fascinating to have a window into the livelihood of each of the dwarves, their background, characteristics... ( it is difficult to discern why they chose to have Bifur with an ax embedded into his skull.) While I enjoy the detailed, fold out map, I cannot quite understand why the author choose to use multiple low quality photos for the overleaf, two pages images. Nevertheless, it is always a joy to read more on the production of such a large scale project, and view the immense amount of effort that goes into creating such an incredible film.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Park

    Personally being a great fan of fantasies, plus having watched the movie before, i was excited to read this book and enjoyed it all the way to the end. I actually read all the lord of the rings series and bought the hobbit to read long time ago. however i just somehow didnt feel like reading it and left it at the corner of my bookshelf until this assignment was given to me. now that i read it i just couldnt figure out why i didnt feel like reading it at that time. of course i dont regret it or a Personally being a great fan of fantasies, plus having watched the movie before, i was excited to read this book and enjoyed it all the way to the end. I actually read all the lord of the rings series and bought the hobbit to read long time ago. however i just somehow didnt feel like reading it and left it at the corner of my bookshelf until this assignment was given to me. now that i read it i just couldnt figure out why i didnt feel like reading it at that time. of course i dont regret it or anything. after all i did read it. this is a blockbuster fantasy book. RECOMMEND!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marko

    Kirja oli aika heppoinen sekä teksti- että kuvasisällöltään. Kohderyhmäksi määrittelisin lähinnä ala-asteikäiset. Kirjassa oli mukavia kuvia kääpiöistä ja kuvia voi käyttää esim. referenssinä maalatessa GW:n leffasta tekemiä miniatyyrejä. Isoja miinuksia "kuvitettu opas" saa tosin esim. hukkien, hiisikuninkaan ja leffan alussa näytettyjen Ereborin kääpiöiden kuvien puuttumisesta. Kuvat peikoista ja hiisistä olivat myös todella huonoja. Tätä kirjaa en valitettavasti voi hyvälläkään tahdolla suosit Kirja oli aika heppoinen sekä teksti- että kuvasisällöltään. Kohderyhmäksi määrittelisin lähinnä ala-asteikäiset. Kirjassa oli mukavia kuvia kääpiöistä ja kuvia voi käyttää esim. referenssinä maalatessa GW:n leffasta tekemiä miniatyyrejä. Isoja miinuksia "kuvitettu opas" saa tosin esim. hukkien, hiisikuninkaan ja leffan alussa näytettyjen Ereborin kääpiöiden kuvien puuttumisesta. Kuvat peikoista ja hiisistä olivat myös todella huonoja. Tätä kirjaa en valitettavasti voi hyvälläkään tahdolla suositella.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brigi

    I've had this book for quite some time, but never got to read it, because for some reason I thought it was thicker and I wouldn't have enough time to read. In fact, it's more of a picture book - there are so many amazing, glossy pictures inside! The text offered background info on places and characters, and even though I know most, there were still some new bits. I especially loved the fold-out map of Middle Earth.

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