The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey : Chronicles: Art and Design - SIGNED

$39.99 USD
The signed books are now SOLD OUT! Shipping World Wide from Middle-earth (New Zealand) on 14 Dec!
9.4" x 12" x 1.2" (H x W x D)
24 cm x 30.5 cm x 3 cm
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)

PLEASE NOTE: The signed books are now sold out.

Order an unsigned copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles Art and Design here!


Those who have already placed an order on this page and received an order confirmation WILL receive a signed book and a Thorin Oakenshield's Reward.


BOOK SIGNED by Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and a selection of artists who
worked on the film.

Thorin Oakenshield's Reward worth US$10,
US$15 or US$50! (see below left)

A chance to win a GOLDEN TICKET!


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design marks the beginning of a series of comprehensive and beautifully presented books created by the artists at the heart of the film-making process.  

The book presents hundreds of full colour conceptual drawings and paintings, along with set designs, sculpture and glorious photography across more than 200 pages. 

The book showcases art by the film’s concept art directors Alan Lee and John Howe, alongside work from other artists of the film’s 3 foot 7 Art Department, Costume Department and Weta Workshop. 

It truly is a unique opportunity to see artwork by a wide range of artists across a multitude of disciplines in the film-making community of Wellington, New Zealand and to hear directly from them about the inspiration behind their work.

Included is a Foreword by Academy Award winner Dan Hennah, 3 foot 7 Production Designer for the films. The book also features commentaries by Dan, 3 foot 7 Costume Designer Ann Maskrey, Academy Award Winners Peter King, 3 foot 7 Make-up and Hair Designer, and Weta Workshop’s Design and Special Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor.

In addition to artist quotes, cast members reflect on the work and share insights into their involvement in the design process.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design showcases work by artists from:

  • Weta Workshop
  • Weta Digital
  • 3 Foot 7 Art Department
  • 3 Foot 7 Costume Department
  • 3 Foot 7 Make-up Department

“We are very excited to be creating a series of books that celebrate the amazing work that is being done on The Hobbit movies.  They will show the incredible attention to detail that goes into everything that is being produced for these films and are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the designs and artistry of so many people within their respective departments.” Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop. 

Readers will be able to follow the design process as it unfolds with early sketches and final designs. The book offers an unprecedented insight into the conceptual processes behind the making of an epic film.           

“We are thrilled to be involved with the Weta Publishing team in the creation of the Hobbit (Specialist) Books. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work produced by our amazingly talented artists & craftspeople who are responsible for conceptualizing, designing & building the sets, props and dressings for The Hobbit.” Dan Hennah, 3 foot 7 Art Department.

The book is written by Weta Workshop senior designer Daniel Falconer, an avid fan of the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, making him eminently suited to telling the stories of the artisans’ work based on Tolkien’s book; The Hobbit.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design is published as an embossed hardcover edition without dustjacket.

All signed books ship directly from Weta's warehouse in Wellington, New Zealand in a specially commissioned cardboard box sturdy enough to ensure your book will arrive in pristine condition.


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We're delighted to advise we have now processed all pre-orders and are shipping World Wide from our NZ warehouse.

Please note that due to the time of year leading up to Christmas, delivery may take longer than normal.

You should also have received an email with your Exclusive Reward for buying direct from If you haven't received your code, please check your spam or junk folder and if you still can't find it - email quoting your order number and we'll send you a replacement code.



Every order for The Hobbit Chronicles: Art and Design from receives a reward worth US$10, US$15 or US$50. They are randomly allocated to each book ordered like this:

When your book ships on 14 December, we will send you an email with a Unique Code that unlocks your reward on our website.

PLUS: Three Golden Tickets

Among Thorin Oakenshield's Rewards lurk three Golden Tickets! When they receive their email and check their code, three lucky customers will instead discover they will receive one of the following:

Please Note:

Prizes are allocated randomly and Weta cannot swap one prize for another.

One prize is allocated per book ordered.

All codes are unique and can only be redeemed once.

All offers are subject to availability.

All rewards must be claimed before 31 March 2013.

Most useful user reviews

Weta Collector
5 stars


The quality and the designs are greats! Thorin's map and the contract... Read more.

The quality and the designs are greats! Thorin's map and the contract of Bilbo are both a good surprise :-) Hide.

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Weta Collector
1 stars

Still waiting

I ordered this on December 7, 2012 and have yet to receive... Read more.

I ordered this on December 7, 2012 and have yet to receive it. I got an order confirmation way back when but nothing since. I am unhappy. Hide.

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Weta Collector
5 stars

Love it!!!!


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