HOBBIT: The Battle of the Five Armies ChroniclesDANIEL FALCONER Book Number: 85349 Product format: Hardback
A stunningly beautiful art book of fantasy we are taken through every stage of the process by the film's Academy Award-winning creative team and digital workshops. With a textured, silver foil cover, this big Harper Design publication chronicles the art and design created for the film of the same title and there is an introduction by John Howe, one of our favourite illustrators, and a foreword by Bob Buck, the Costume Designer. We are taken on a detailed journey through Middle-earth along the creative paths travelled by a fellowship of many who collaborated to bring the final instalment of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the team members who worked on the first trilogy, The Hobbit, especially The Battle of the Five Armies. It was a wonderful opportunity to revisit those original ideas about the Dwarves and develop them further, digging deep into the richness of the Kingdom of Erebor. The Dwarves of the Company of Thorin have now reached their former homeland and returned to the Great Halls of their ancestors. Now the designers could fully celebrate the wealth and craftsmanship of the culture, culminating in the battle itself. Here they would take on the garments of their forebears. Artists Alan Lee and John Howe have contributed hugely to this Wilderland, making a detour through deep Greenwood to see ramshackle Rhosgobel, a house split in half by an awkwardly placed sapling becoming a venerable forest giant. Here are Trolls, Orcs and Wargs and the refuge of Rivendell, the Misty Mountains, taking shelter from Stone Giants and on to Mirkwood. With Gothic mysticism, these pencil drawings come alive and the faces of the actors and the stunning settings with their Escher-like depth and extraordinary architecture are among hundreds of drawings of swords and weapons, the Necromancer, the Black Rider and the Ringwraiths in all their mysterious appearance, the city of Dale, magnificently drawn by Alan, and shown in many preparatory sketches and finished colour drawings. Detailed armour, the bison, ibex, boar and bull mounts together with their armour, the mighty Azog and the prehistoric-looking beasts all create a fantastical Middle-earth and the battles of the story. We end at Bag End with Bilbo returning to Hobbiton and walking straight into an auction. On the inside back cover there is a fine quality art print, perforated and ready for framing, measuring 11" x 7¾", a heroic figure in a fireball. 256pp.
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