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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 Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
(W x H x L) 30.5 cm x 24 cm x 3 cm
Weight: 3.042 lbs (1.38 kg)

Creatures & Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes and villains, beasts and beings that populate Middle-earth in the first chapter of Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and film stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species, character by character, through the film's huge ensemble of characters and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, telling the stories of how each came to be realized for the film.

In first-hand quotes from the actors, make-up artists, digital effects artists, dialect coaches, prosthetics technicians, movement coach and many other crew, the stories of the production unfold, processes are described and insights into characters shared.

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

As a bonus feature, unique to this book, there is a special fold-out Character Size Chart, which compares all the major creatures and characters of the film, from Radagast's hedgehog friend to the towering Stone Giants!

Compiled by Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer, and featuring over 200 pages of stunning imagery, this book puts the reader face to face with the Dwarf heroes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the dark denizens of Middle-earth, such as Orcs, Goblins, Trolls and Wargs, and of course, the hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins.

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.

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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  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. Such a great book!
    The book explains the making of the Hobbit really good.I recommend it to everyone who is interested in making prosthetics, costumes,...

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  3. Forgot to give the stars

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  4. Amazing!
    I's one of the most beautiful books I have. The paper is amazing quality, and the book itself provides intriguing behind the scenes information about the creation of the characters. If you think about buying it, do it!

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  5. Amazing and Beautiful: Thank you Weta!
    I love this book so much! It's so beautiful and is packed with wonderful information. It includes a staggering amount of magnificent photography and the input from the actors themselves in simply sensational. Brilliant and fabulous!

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  6. Great book
    Just can't stop reading it, amazing :)

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  7. Wonderful Book!!!
    I really like to see how youve done the movie and how you have created the beards, costumes, hobbit feets e.t.c.
    I really like the kind of diagram at the back of the book when you can see how tall and long all the creatures are. This book really represents all the creatures and characters from "The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey".
    Thumb up to you weta!

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  8. For all Hobbit Fans!
    Daniel Falconer and his team have put together a fabulous book companion for the first Hobbit Film. Coupled with the Art and Design book, the two give an insightful journey of the film making process. Great pictures, well written, a must-have for Hobbit and Weta fans.

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  9. Fabulous Book
    I am so glad I bought this Book I will have it for ever and pass it on to my nephews when and if it is time!

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  10. Fantastic!
    Wonderful resource for all things related to the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Provides valuable insight for fans and artists alike. Whether you're in the trade of making costumes and props or just a big fan, this book is a must-have!

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  11. Incroyable
    Ce livre est incroyable, tout comme le premier. Merci de nous offrir une œuvre retraçant le travail fournit. Félicitation à tout ceux travaillant dessus. Merci de nous faire tant partager.

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  12. A 'must-have' book
    The book is full of backstage stories and tells the differet aspects of the production of the movie. One thing I really love about it is that it shows appreciation and gratitude to all the cast and crew members.

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  13. Incredible product!
    I´ve just received it in less than 7 days, considering that it comes from NZ to Spain. So, really nice service. The book itself is a brilliant masterpiece. I´m amazed with the incredible details on the behind the scenes material, going through the cast to the members of make-up, and other digital departments... everything into this huge book. Love it! It is a must have for every LOTR/Hobbit fan. And of course, signed is better! :) Thank you WETA team for this piece! :)

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  14. Amazing
    A Brilliant book a good insight on how the movie was made! wonderfully presented. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan. 5 stars

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