THE HOBBIT: An unexpected journey: visual companion
JUDE FISHER (with JRR Tolkien and Martin Freeman)
This is a cool book. I checked it out just prior to doing a Marathon of all three Hobbit movies (that’s 9 hours in a theatre, for those who don’t want to count it out on their own), because I wanted a little bit of a refresher. And I think the book is awesome.
For starters, I’m a visual person and I have issues with names, so this really helped me. When you have several characters with similar names, it’s difficult for me to sometimes name them. But when I can look at the costume and get an understanding of their ear horns or the braids in their beards or whatever, it makes a big difference for me.
The book talks about how they did the visuals for everything from costume to entire cities. So if you’re creative or a detail person, you’re going to like that.
With that said, the book was done in 2012, so they talked a lot about the first Hobbit movie and not so much about numbers two and three. And there were a lot of illustrations in the book that I would have liked to see a bit larger. It’s still pretty, don’t get me wrong, and pretty interesting, too, but I think for a visual book it lost a little now and then.
So my rating. They still could have done more detail and I was a little underwhelmed with a couple things, but the book was a wealth of knowledge that somebody like me needed. But I think this book plays to a very specific demographic, so you’re either going to love it or hate it. And because of all of that, I’m going to give it a 4/5. Look at it, but don’t buy it unless you’ve built yourself a Hobbit Hole to live in.