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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 4: CLOAKS & DAGGERS

The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy
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(W x H x L) 30.5 cm x 24 cm x 3 cm
Weight: 3.483 lbs (1.58 kg)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles, Cloaks and Daggers peers through the silver screen to examine the incredible efforts undertaken to create thousands of costumes, armour, weapons, props and set dressing elements for Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson's adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Covering both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, this lavish volume bulges with behind-the-scenes images, sumptuous photography and film stills.

The films' stars and the creative geniuses behind countless beautiful objets d'art share their insights and stories, revealing how it felt to craft, wield and wear these precious pieces of Middle-earth.

Researched and compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, with a foreword by Evangeline Lilly, playing Tauriel the Woodland Elf, and an introduction by costume designer Ann Maskrey, this is the definitive guide to the artefacts and sumptuous fabrics of The Hobbit film adaptations.

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 the previous Hobbit Chronicles 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.

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. Awesome
    Love this series and especially this volume. Seeing how they did everything in beautiful color is so cool. The book just “feels” quality.

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  2. 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!
    Also this one is my personal favorite in the chronicle collection.
    A book collection worth having!

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  3. Superb!
    This is a book for those who want insight into the creative process behind bringing the Hobbit trilogy films to life. Giving in-depth details on the processes of creating the final costume, prop, set design, storyboarding, and computer magic, this book allows a deeper integration into the making of Middle Earth.

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  4. MUST HAVE FOR COSPLAYERS
    As a Bilbo and Fili cosplayer this book is soooo helpful.
    Not only are the designs and costumes to be seen in an incredible amount of detail, also you get an actual insight of all the props, weapons and other little things the characters carry around with them.
    It's a beautiful book as always, but especially helpful, this one!

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  5. Love this book
    This book is beautiful and detailed - very handy for cosplayers. Enabled me to get my Tauriel outfit correct to wear to Wellywood for premiere of BOFA. Thank you Weta for designing and making such COOL STUFF!

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  6. Stunning pt. 2
    Realised I forgot to click the Stars so here I have.

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  7. Stunning
    This book is just beautiful. It's incredibly detailed and focuses mainly more on the props in An Unexpected Journey and the Desolation of Smaug. I was lucky enough to have mine signed by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger, as well as Jed Brophy. (Nori!) I would definitely recommend this book to all Weta fans!

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  8. One of the best books i'v gotten
    This book truly took me into the world of Middle Earth. Seeing how much work went into the movie, makes me see it in a totally different way now. Thanks Weta

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  9. An invaluable, behind the scenes, look at the movie's creation.
    Cloaks & Daggers begins with Hobbitton and Bilbo’s home and visits Laketown, Dale and many other locales featured in the movie; while also diving deeper into the characters themselves. Their weapons and accessories, clothing and habits are all explored in depth, from concept to finalization. It gives us a much richer experience when watching these movies again and again. We are no longer observing a work of fiction come to life but a living, breathing world that could exist.

    Looking at the photographs and reading the viewpoints of the set dressers and designers made everything feel like a real home or a real place. Many of the set pieces I could absolutely see in my own home. When you are watching the movie you really don’t have time to focus on all the background props, but when studying a photograph you can see all the little details and touches the artists put into each piece or the entire scene. The next time I see this movie I will try to notice these exact props in the film and be like, “there it is and now I know how it got there.”

    For any fan of the Hobbit, this book is an invaluable, behind the scenes, look at its creation.

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  10. I love these books!
    Weta is packed full of amazing merchandise and collectibles, but these books are my absolute favourite - such high quality, worth every penny - full of incredible art, and it feels like stepping behind the scenes into the various departments and seeing the love and care and time that went into every detail of these films and this world. I guess you could say they are my...precioussss;) Thank you for sharing these Weta!!

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  11. Fantastic pictures and details
    I was completely blown away by the Hobbit chronicles. The pictures are so good quality and the attention to detail is fantastic.
    As a costumemaker/ cosplayer this book relly helps me se the details clearly. And is a piece worth having for every Tolkien fan.

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  12. Fantastic book!
    Just can't stop reading it :D I really loved to see how they have created the cloaks, daggers e.t.c.
    This is the book every fan should read :)

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  13. Desolation of Smaug:Chronicles:Cloaks & Daggers
    Fantastic looking book form the outset. Cover is beautifully presented, as is the detail in EVERY page. Like the other books in this series it is well worth getting. Well done Weta again!! 5 stars.

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  14. Great book
    This book is great. Just like the others in the series. Delivery was incredibly fast too.

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  15. Desolation of Smaug cloaks & Daggers
    Must congratulate all involved in your astounding work and thanks for sharing it with us in these wonderful books! And thanks for the tips which I find useful in my own work!

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  16. Best experience
    The book arrives earlier than I expected. Everything is perfect. Once I open this book I can never put it down. Every word and every is a real art. People who took part in production and made everything came true, you are my heroes. The details made me can not stop exclaiming in surprise. Each chronicle from Weta is worth collecting, especially this one. Thank you Weta, I love you!

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  17. Love is in the detail
    This book is amazing and worth every dollar! The detail in the work as part of the book and what the people do to create the sets and costumes is stunning. Written descriptions accompany the photography that fully complements the hard work and the perfection each individual puts into their work. If you want to get something that shows you a bit of everything including weapon and costume design and detail this is the thing to buy!
    Perfection

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  18. AWESOME
    This is a incredibly detailed book, that is very thick and worth the money value. The only bad thing about the book, is the fact that they do not put in any pictures of the actors using the props.

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  19. Awesome addition to me collection
    The fourth book in this collection is a superb addon to it for me. I just received it today after waiting patiently for what seemed like an eternity.

    To go one step further, I think this edition is even better layed out in presentation than the first three.

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  20. Same as other books. Awesome!
    Lost for words. This volume, like the others, is simply wonderful!

    It will also be my guide for building a human scale Hobbit home, when I retire. First, I must win the lottery...

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  21. Stunning!!!!!!
    The details of costumes was always a tricky part for cosplay-er and this book solve all the problems. Thanks!! And I was expecting the signatures would be signed by concept art artists but whao!!! One was signed by Daniel Reeve!!! I AM SOOOOO EXCITED RIGHT NOW!! Am really fond of his talents, his beautiful hand writing (also the Kereru font). Now i think i am the luckiest in the world. Thank you Weta, and would you send my thanks to Mr. Reeve please?

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  22. A must for collectors
    Jam-packed with beautifully shot images of every type of craft work that went into making of the movie from hat making to calligraphy. A true visual feast. Volume four meets the high production standards seen in the previous three volumes.

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