I love The Hobbit movies even more than The Lord of the Ring movies. Can’t wait to watch the final film of the series! I got both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles from Amazon.com with reasonable prices of 26.59 USD and 23.25 USD respectively. I spent only 2 days to finish them! The artworks and photos featured in those books are priceless.
The first book, marked “Art & Design”, consists of concept artworks of hair, make-up, costumes, props and weapons for the characters featured in the film. What i like the most are the pencil-sketched artworks of houses, furnitures, tools, as well as landscapes. There are also some concept artworks of creatures like trolls, stone giants, goblins, wargs and their riders. Inside the front and back covers, Thorin’s Map and Barlin’s Conditions of Engagement are attached. The map with the moon rune letters is very cool and the calligraphy on the contract is great! 🙂
As the first one focuses on concept art, the second book is all about “Creatures & Characters” which deals with casting, movement coaching, accents and actual make-up, prosthetics and wigs. There is also a huge part about building 3D animated creatures such as the trolls, Goblins King, Gollum, Azog, etc. and beasts such as Radagast’s animal friends, the eagles, wargs, bats, insects etc. Anyway, it doesn’t include Smaug, the Dragon. What a shame! I hope he will appear in the next chronicles book. 😀 In addition, the comparative size chart of character scale is featured in the back cover of the book as well.
I actually like the first book better than the second one but they are equally good. So, it depends on what you are interested in! Both books are highly recommended for fans of the Hobbit book and movies!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles – Art & Design
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Harper Design (2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles – Creatures & Characters
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Harper Design (2013)