Middle-earth From Script to Screen

Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
Daniel Falconer
Published by HarperCollins

For the first time ever, the in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined. Published by HarperCollins.

This richly illustrated compendium reveals how J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy world was brought to vivid life on the big screen in the record-breaking The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Drawing on resources, stories and content from exclusive archives, as well as interviews with director Peter Jackson (who also contributes an introduction to the book) and key members of the production crew, this astonishing resource reveals how these fantastical worlds were built.

Daniel Falconer takes fans from storyboard concepts to deep into the post-production process where the films were edited, graded and scored, explaining how each enhanced the films. He also discusses how the stages involved in establishing Middle-earth for the screen have evolved over the 15 years between the start and finish of the trilogies. Going region by region and culture by culture in this fantasy realm, Middle-earth: From Script to Screen describes how each area created for the films was defined, what made it unique and what role it played in the stories.

Illustrated with final film imagery, behind-the-scenes pictures and conceptual artwork, including places not seen in the final films, this monumental compilation offers unique and far-reaching insights into the creation of the world we know and love as Middle-earth.

Published by HarperCollins


512 pages

Over 300 colour illustrations and 999 colour plates

305 x 250mm

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