[Book] The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles

Last week, i recently received the 4th book from The Hobbit Chronicles Book series. It’s the one i’ve been waiting to read for months after pre-ordered it in March! I bought it from Amazon.com for 28.06 USD, while the 3rd book is a gift from my hubby for Christmas last year. I’m so excited to see an epic conclusion of Bilbo’s adventures in December, although i’m not very fond of the new name of the final movie as it changed to “The Battle of the Five Armies” instead of “There and Back Again”. 😦

The third book is all about “Art & Design” of the Desolation of Smaug. It consists of concept artworks of additional characters & creatures, new sets and of course the dragon, Smaug! My favourite is actually the design of Lake-town which inspired by the Celtic, while the costume design is full of Asian influences, especially Mongolian-Chinese. The book also features the design of Dale both from the ancient time and the ruins in the present day. Inside the back cover, there is a portrait of the master of Lake-town. I found it’s quite unique and nice because i’m a fan of Stephen Fry! 🙂

Moving for concept art to real props, the fourth book, marked “Cloaks & Daggers”, is my favourite one so far as i love costumes and weapons!!! It focuses on how the specialist artisans bring the films to life with their skills. This book presents the fine works of sculptors, costume makers, dyers, armorers, jewellers, leather-workers, prop-makers, and etc. All the props needed, even the food props, for the movies are in it. So, it’s totally awesome! In addition, a full photo of market in Hobbiton is attached to the back cover and this market is only seen in the extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 😀

Both The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles are highly recommended for fans and those who interested in prop-making or even cosplay. So, be sure to check them out and you won’t be disappointed!

The Hobbit Books 3 & 4

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Art & Design

Author: Weta

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Harper Design (2013)

Language: English

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Cloaks & Daggers

Author: Weta

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Harper Design (2014)

Language: English

Read my review of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles” books at:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-chronicles/

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