Showcasing the landscapes which became the
principle movie-set locations in The Hobbit movie trilogy, as well as other filming
locations, this book is a must have for any fan. The photos are magnificent, all by Ian
Brodie a renown landscape photographer, they are printed on glossy paper and are an
incredible record of the unforgettable scenery of the land that has become Middle-earth.
Each location shares background information and exclusive anecdotes about
the filming of the trilogy, as well as sharing maps, location direction and GPS
co-ordinates, useful websites, and current information o accommodation and restaurants
handy to the sites. Quotes from the cast and crew are included at each location.
This book is a stunning reminder of the beautiful country us NZers call
home and a great souvenir for tourists. Get a copy.
The Hobbit film trilogy was a visually stunning
series and along with its stablemate, The Lord of the Rings, was
filmed on location entirely in New Zealand. The franchise has a considerable fan base and
a number of these fans wish to experience the film more than just on the screen. Hence the
continuation of the Hobbiton film set and this book, which offers the devotee of Peter
Jacksons vision of The Hobbit the opportunity to see Middle
Earth in the flesh as it were.
The book is divided into two main sections, North Island and South Island,
along with the usual preambles, forewords, introductions, indices and recommended
itineraries. More on the latter below, first on body. Locations for The Hobbit are
not spread out evenly in New Zealand but tend to be clustered about a few key nodes. Thus
Matamata, the location for Hobbiton, provides a handy base to access several sites
sprinkled across the Waikato and King Country, such as the Waitomo Caves, Aratiatia
Rapids. Similarly, there are strong clusters at the top end of the South Island near
Nelson and in Central Otago. The section on Wellington features not only the external
locations but also Weta Workshop, which is a tourist attraction in its own right. Each
cluster of locations is given a handy map with the relevant topography and
Each location shoot features pictures of the location in the raw, along
with at least one accompanying screen image. Included in the text are quotes from cast and
crew members describing their impressions of the area, as well as explanations of some of
the special effects Weta carried out to transform the wilderness to the screen. The
deconstruction of the Weta magic helps, because what appears on screen is not always the
scenery with additions but is sometimes a pastiche. Some sets, on the screen mere yards
apart, are sometimes considerably further Beorns House being a prime example.
No, youll have read the book to find out more.
The suggested trip itineraries are included in part not only because
accessing remote areas on any landscape takes time, but because the development of the
book was in part assisted by the various regional tourism boards. So sometimes
recommendations on where to eat or stay fall into the text. Now, this is a coffee table
type book, but dont leave it on the coffee table as I did. I spilt some coffee and
the last few pages suffered slow dismemberment as I tried to unstick them. Id
recommend this to those not only keen on visiting the locations but anybody who
appreciates location searches and good photography.