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CHRONICLES 6: THE ART OF WAR

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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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.

The Art of War goes behind the lines to explore how thousands of artisans brought the defining film of Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to the screen.

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

More than 1,000 intricate illustrations, stunning photographs and never-before-seen imagery illuminate fascinating insights shared by cast and crew, including exclusive content from the extended edition of the final film. Also included is an exclusive, fold-out battle map illustrated by Weta Workshop Designer Nick Keller!

  • 256 pages
  • Includes fold-out battle map

Discover the challenges and reactions of the stars of The Battle of the Five Armies as they recount their experiences and excitement. Join the choreographers of the film's action to examine the battle strategies and formations of each of the five armies, and learn how a dozen stunt performers became thousands of digital troops. Pore over archive-quality photography of staggeringly detailed weapons and armour and browse galleries of fearsome war beasts and monsters.

From the sorcerous ruins of Dol Guldur and the fiery conflagration of Lake-town, follow the filmmakers on to the blood-soaked battlefields of the Lonely Mountain, and climb the steps of Ravenhill to witness the final, tragic duel of Thorin Oakenshield and Azog, the Pale Orc.

As the story of The Hobbit reaches its shattering climax amidst an epic landscape of war and tragedy, join Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer behind the scenes as this sumptuous book in The Hobbit: Chronicles series celebrates the epic conclusion of The Hobbit film trilogy.

As the previous Hobbit Chronicles volumes, the book will be 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.

Behind-the-Scenes on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Weta Publishing has sold more than half a million books worldwide. Written and designed in-house, our ‘art of’ titles include The Hobbit Chronicles, The Art of the Adventures of Tintin, The Art of District 9, and more. Each tome is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes images and first-hand stories from the cast and crew who worked on the films. The first volume in our Hobbit Chronicles series featured on The New York Times Best Seller List, with more than 250,000 copies printed in six languages. 

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