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Lavishly illustrated with 1,000 photos, paintings, maps, sculptures and sketches, most appearing here for the first time, Weapons and Warfare is an indispensable chronicle of The Lord of the Rings' many creatures, warriors, armies and battlegrounds. From the graceful and proficient Elves to the horrendous war machines of the Dark Lord, each culture's approach to warfare is

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Paperback, 218 pages
Published November 5th 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published September 2003)
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Mikayla
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful resource for those in love with the books and movies. You get to see the weaponry up close and personal and find a greater understanding of the choices made as far as battle and defense mechanisms throughout the movie. As a huge fan of LOTR this is an invaluable guide for those wanting a more in-depth look at the components that made the film so spectacular.
Jeremiah
Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Any book with LTR & weapons in the title has got to be cool, and it was! This may be a little bit of geek overload but after falling (nearly) more deeply in love with these movies than I am with my wife I'm proud to be geekified through and through. ...more
Matt
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this... visual encylopaedia, I guess? It was really interesting: providing details on the armour and weapons used by the various races across Middle-Earth, the battles that took places across the film trilogy, whilst accompanied by incredibly detailed visual material. This is a great read for a Tolkien fan!
Alice Rachel
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*more slobbering* Ugh, these books are SO beautiful!!!!!! *hisses* My Preeeecious!!!
Parka
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: movies

(More pictures at parkablogs.com)

This is the movie visual companion that looks specifically at the weapons and history of warfare in The Lord of the Rings.

There are lots of photos of the weapons and armor featured in the movie, with occasional concept sketches. The writeup is incredibly detailed. There are lengthy discussions on the major battles, war zones, warriors, and other forms of weapon from Frodo's Sting sword to the scary Grond battling ram or the gigantic elephant-like Mumakil. The
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I got this mostly because:
A. I'm a Tolkien fan (and)
B. I'm a gamer (Dungeons and Dragons table top) and try to make the weapons as "fantasy realistic" as I can.

This book mostly leans heavily on the movie but still is a pretty good book. If you are big time into the movies you may enjoy it more, but any fantasy fan will probably enjoy it at least somewhat.
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John Gentry
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
here's why this book only gets three stars: it focuses way too much on just the movies. here's why it doesn't get two stars: there is still some pretty amazing information going on here, as well as some great original illustrations. ...more
Tammy
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for letting me borrow it for so long, Ted!
Jalyn
Nov 04, 2016 added it
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Shane
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I own quite a few books like this, scaled a bit bigger than printer paper, full-color, lavishly illustrated. Many of them are Star Wars books, but the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies went down a similar path and released books detailing the production of the films - props, costumes, and so on - and detailing races or cultures or the like based on what they carried or how they dressed. Some of them focus on geography (as this one too peaks in to), but most are about people and things.

So, in c
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Matthew Cohen
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
This just popped up in my GR feed. I had this book back in the day when the movies were all the rage and I was thoroughly obsessed. Probably perfect for young fans in the same way all those Star Wars ship cross section books are. Even back then I remember being disappointed with this book, though. The one part I remember thinking was awesome was the close up of the gear of The Mouth of Sauron, still one of my favorite parts of the films.
Mark S.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Obviously slapped together to take advantage of the success of the films. The art work is nice, but it is rather apparent that the authors did not read the books or even pay too much attention to the films.
Purity
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
woow, i really enjoyed reading this book, it was so interesting that i could not put it down even for a second... GREAT work Smith! you deserved a five star..

Thanks.
Amie Cartwright
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!
Philip Guthrie
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite visual book as a kid
Tina Chandler
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reads like a history book of the races of Middle-Earth. Filled with many pictures amd examples of the weapons, tactics and races of the Third Age.
Emma
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lyden Orbase
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please note that this is a companion to the MOVIES, not the book.
It's a great item to have for LOTR fans. The photos are beautiful; the weapons, armours, etc, are shown in details.
I loved it.
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Charlotte
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J.J Taylor
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's Lord of the Rings based, so that's cool. Not the same as the books obviously. But I love all things LOTRs. So, gimmie gimmie gimmie. ...more
Chrijo
Jan 27, 2021 added it
In my opinion, the book of the saga is very wide and rich in plot

Sakshi Rawat
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good
Mahina Perrot
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just mind-blowing
Sarah Eagle
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Being a huge Lord of the Rings nerd, having written my senior college Capstone on the linguistic merits of Quenya and Sindarin Elvish, I think I'm pretty qualified to rate this book in accuracy. All in all, it made detailed reference to the Silmarillion lineages of Gil-Galad and Elendil of the Numenorean line really well. It mentioned the sundering of many nations existing only in the Silmarillion and known only to the avid LotR "scholar".
However, much of this was undermined by the fact that the
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Sarai
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Lavishly illustrated with 1,000 photos, paintings, maps, sculptures and sketches, most appearing here for the first time, Weapons and Warfare is an indispensable chronicle of [Peter Jackson's film:] The Lord of the Rings' many creatures, warriors, armies and battlegrounds. From the graceful and proficient Elven soldiers to the horrendous war machines of the Dark Lord, each culture's approach to combat is explained - how they fought, why they were fighting, what armor they wore
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Matt
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever wanted to train alongside the Elves of the Second Age, wield deadly axes alongside the Dwarves, or drive your foes away on horseback alongside King Theodan of Rohan? Or perhaps you prefer the vicious, brutal might of the Orcs? If so, there is nothing else that will get you closer. This excellent guide takes you on an exciting tour of Middle Earth, through two ages and countless wars, and explains in detail the craftsmanship, skill and strategy of each faction and race in creating their own ...more
Sandra
I must admit I didn't read this book very closely, but it's a great overview of Middle Earth, its war and their main players. It really reads as a chronicle, and describes what the weapons would have been made of.. in Middle Earth.

I had expected this to be more about the weapons used in the movies, but it seems I was mistaken in that. It's still full of screenshots of and drawings made for the movies, however, so the book is a feast for the eyes, besides being very informative on the topic of Mi
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Jeffrey
Oct 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: LOTR Fans
I enjoyed this book... I like the way Peter Jackson and WETA Workshop interpreted Tolkien's world. I find new information on the history of some of the weapons and armour while reading this book. I do however have a hard time finding documentation in the actual Tolkien books on some of the "artifacts" portrayed. All in all I am happy with this title, it would make a great coffee table book. ...more
Jasper
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First it should be mentioned that this books solely concentrated on the 3 movies and not on the books.

It describes all the weapons and armor which were made for the movie using lot's of pictures and sketches of the designs.

If you enjoyed the movies and are interested in the (movie)world of Lord of the rings, this book will surely interest you.
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D.E. Wyatt
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
An interesting perspective on the designs of the weapons and armor for the Lord of the Rings films, with plenty of great reference images, particularly for those things which were largely excised from the films for simplicity (for example, Gil-Galad's spear, Aeglos, is discussed in far more detail here than we get in the film itself). ...more
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Chris Smith (1964) is the Tolkien editor of HarperCollins, since 1999. He edited several books about Peter Jackson's films by Gary Russell and Jude Fisher, but is most famous for The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare, a book containing a lot of information about the weaponry used in Peter Jackson's films.
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