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From New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. comes J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, brought to the big screen in an epic trilogy. Weta Workshop was thrilled to return to Middle-earth once again, contributing design, specialty props and specialty costumes to all three films.

CHRONICLES 3: ART & DESIGN

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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(W x H x L) 30.5 cm x 24 cm x 3 cm
Weight: 3.219 lbs (1.46 kg)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Art & Design explores and celebrates the creative vision of the second film in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

This lavish volume follows Bilbo, Gandalf and Thorin's Company of Dwarves eastward, through hitherto unseen regions of Middle-earth, on their quest to reclaim the lost realm of Erebor from the Dragon Smaug.

Exploring the design and development of the environments, cultures, creatures and artefacts encountered by the characters, its 224 pages are filled with more than 1,000 stunning images of conceptual art, supplementary photographs and detailed commentary provided by the film's cast and crew.

The Hobbit Chronicles 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 - CEO & Co-founder, Weta Workshop

The book showcases art by the film's concept art directors Alan Lee and John Howe, alongside work by other artists from Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, and 3Foot7. In addition to artist quotes, cast members reflect on the work and share insights into their involvement in the design process.

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.

The book includes an introduction by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug's concept art director Alan Lee and a foreword by the film's set decorator Ra Vincent.

As a bonus feature, unique to this book, there is a special fold-out replica of the portrait of the Master of Lake-town, played by Stephen Fry, exactly as it appears in the film.

Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, this is the third book in The Hobbit Chronicles series and it has been created in full collaboration with key members of the production's creative team to ensure the most comprehensive and authentic film companion possible.

As the previous volumes, the book is published as an embossed hardcover edition without dustjacket. All 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 great condition.

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  1. A mighty collection
    I own all Hobbit Chronicle book and let me say that if my house ever was to burn down, those books would be one of the first things I\'d try to safe!
    Just amazing how all the artwork is, very cool to see the entire process and all the ideas that went into this amazing world!
    A book collection worth having!

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  2. My most recent book from Weta, and I am not disappointed! Like with the other Hobbit Trilogy books I own from Weta, they go in-depth into the creation process of each film. This one is a bit different from the other three I own (Cloaks&Daggers, BotFA: Art and Design, and Art of War) as this one has a bit less of artist, actor, and creator input and more large-scale artwork; this is no downside, though, as the art Weta gave full, uninterrupted spreads to totally deserve their spotlight.

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  3. Fantastic Third Entry
    Yet another masterpiece that continues the excellence of detailing the trails and trials of The Hobbit Trilogy. Covering everything from troubling costume designs to how they created a civilization that lives within the shadow of Smaug, this book is an absolute wonder to read and well worth the price. And to the person that sneaked in the "Root 66" sign, you made my day.

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  4. Endless forms most beautiful
    A little masterpiece that takes you on a unforgettable journey. A beautiful book that also give you the chance to study many techniques in art, rich with colours and textures. TRULY LOVE IT a great gift to any Tolkien fan. THANK YOU WETA !!! =)

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  5. Beautiful
    Absolutely beautiful.

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  6. Well Done
    Well Weta, you have done it again. The time that was put into this is evident because of the massive amount of info put into it. Also, the detailing that was done with this book is also way over the top. LOVE IT

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  7. MY FAVOURITE
    This cronicle is by far my faourite one of all (soon to be) six cronicles released for the Hobbit trilogy.
    It's layout is fantastic as always, the art is amazing... the cover is absolutely fabulous! Love it.

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  8. Awesome work
    It's like seeing the movie all over again in drawings with much more details and stories. The structure of the book is well done and the book look like an art collectible.

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  9. Setting the bar high
    In light of this being my first purchasing , I had in idea what to expected as so many sites let you down on both quality and service , but this was bit the case , weather by chance ... Or the will of a wizard ! The item shipped to me the same week that I ordered it , keep up the good work weta

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  10. Must have
    Great book!excellent publish and really amazing drawings!every tolkien fan must have!

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  11. Fantastic!
    I been so exited for this book. The cover are just awsome and it feels like Dragon skin, I really, really like all the sketches and pictures, they are just amazing. You can see things you don´t recognize in the movie like all the bottles, tables,chairs e.t.c.
    The only thing thats not so good is that its not so much about "Smaug" in the book ¨so now I'll have to wait for new book "Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon"

    But this is a FANTASTIC book anyway, thank you very much Weta!

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  12. Beautiful Book
    It's a very well put together book. I could spend all day reading and browsing through it.

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  13. Amazing
    I received my copy today and I have to admit it was perfectly packed ... And it's awesome ... Can't wait for my next order...

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  14. Thank You
    Thank you for your willingness to share such amazing creativity and artistry. The book is awesome. I have no idea who signed it. Perhaps a typed card with each book would be helpful. Thanks for everything you do for those of us who love your work.

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  15. Stunning
    Only negative, I have no idea who the 4 signatures are? Otherwise stunning book, presented beautifully and arrived in perfect condition. I love the artwork, its just amazing!!

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  16. Magnifique
    Ce livre est tout aussi magnifique que les précédents. Il les a rejoins dans la bibliothèque, cela en fait une très belle collection, dédicacée en plus. Peu de choses sur Smaug mais, d'après certaines informations, un livre lui sera consacré. J'attends donc.

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  17. Amazing as always :)
    Loving this book!!!
    As an artist and Tattoo Artist myself this holds an extra fascination as I can pull apart the designs and see how they come together and the train of thought.
    Signed by four WETA artist I have Daniel Falconer, Nicholas Keller, Paul Tobin but the fourth eludes me. It's a Gary though though (I think lol)
    Outstanding work and book as always. Thank you WETA :D

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  18. Creativity on steriods
    Beautiful book! Love seeing the development of the art and designs and hearing the stories of how things came into being.
    You guys are amazing! Thank you!

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  19. Fantastic
    I absolutely love this book however would like to know who signed them. The quality of the work meets the very high standard of Weta and exceeded my expectations :)

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  20. ANOTHER wonderful book
    My ONLY complaint is on the artist signatures, I have no idea which 4 artists signed my book. Going past that complaint, another awesome book for my collection. superb shipping. Crisp pages. I kinda wanted a bit more of Smaug in the book though, but no huge deal on what WAS placed in there. Anxious for the next installment of hobbit books: cloaks and daggers. Keep up the awesome work weta.

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