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Question about art book and companion book


Jan 26 2013, 5:28am

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Question about art book and companion book Can't Post

This may be a stupid question... but I've seen references to the "companion book" and the "art book" in various threads. Are these the same book, or are there two different ones? (Or more than 2 even)?

Thanks :)

Old Toby
Grey Havens

Jan 26 2013, 5:49am

Post #2 of 7 (456 views)
Not a stupid question at all! [In reply to] Can't Post

The companion book refers to The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher. It's a hardcover with lots of lovely photos, details of each of the dwarves, the elves, the White Council, Galadriel, Elrond, goblins, orcs and wargs. Pretty much covers the film, eh?

Personally I like Brian Sibley's book the Official Movie Guide (soft cover) better. It's a lot more detailed with the production, includes bits on all the dwarves, talks about the costumes and scale etc etc.

The Hobbit And Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design is an absolutely beautiful book, hardcover, Written by Daniel Falconer with intro by Richard Taylor. If you want to see some of the changes the costumes and characters of the dwarves went through before the final product, this is the book for you. It's quite glorious! Lots of concept art!

Hope this helps!

"Age is always advancing and I'm fairly sure it's up to no good." Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher)

(This post was edited by Old Toby on Jan 26 2013, 5:50am)


Jan 26 2013, 8:20am

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yes sibley's book is great [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a great overview of the production in pictures and text. Only azog is missing. Wonderful layout.

The chronicles is about weta's work. There will be a 2nd one soon.


Jan 26 2013, 6:08pm

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Love all 3 [In reply to] Can't Post

The thing I like about all three is each one presents enough different info to make it worth having all three. If I had to pick one I'd go with the Weta book and then snag their second one in the spring. The detail they give into the creation process is awesome.

I'm a sucker though and have them all plus their iPad versions. lol


Jan 27 2013, 9:09am

Post #5 of 7 (158 views)
and there is more [In reply to] Can't Post

In case anyone is interested, as well as those mentioned above there are also two paperbacks which are more basic details about middle earth, the characters and the movie. They would be a good companion to the movie for children.

The are 'The World of Hobbits' and 'The Movie Storybook'


Jan 27 2013, 10:29am

Post #6 of 7 (142 views)
Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

It helps a lot. :). It sounds like each of them would be nice to have.


Jan 27 2013, 4:05pm

Post #7 of 7 (185 views)
Both those are good as well [In reply to] Can't Post

I have those also and enjoyed the material within them. Between all four movies there are a lot of good movie related books. Of course the best books are the books Tolkien wrote. So it's win/win to have them all .:)


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