A chance to get the inside story on the making of the most eagerly anticipated film of the year

Middle-earth hits London on November 6 as HarperCollins launches their official children’s and adults’ tie-in books for The Two Towers, the second instalment of Peter Jackson¹s spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy, at Waterstones, Piccadilly.

To celebrate the launch of the official publications, film and book fans will be treated to a unique day of in-store events and activities. A must for anyone wanting to get the inside story on the making of the trilogy and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

As well as author talks and book signings and an exclusive chance to play the new Electronic Arts game for PS2, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Waterstones is host to a one-day exhibition of exclusive stills from the new film. There will be the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition lithograph by the leading mythical artist and film¹s conceptual artist, Alan Lee, for which 1000 have been produced for this one day only.

Broadcaster and author, Brian Sibley, and fantasy author and publisher, Jude Fisher, will be in store from 10 a.m. to discuss and sign copies of their new titles, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy’ and ‘The Two Towers Visual Companion’, respectively.

The authors will then host a chat forum at 6.30 p.m. for members of the public to discuss Tolkien and the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

As the official chroniclers of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning interpretation of the Tolkien novels, Brian and Jude made numerous visits on location in New Zealand. In the company of Jackson and the principal cast, including Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Lee, they observed the making of one of the most long-awaited and challenging productions of all time.

Brian Sibley is a writer and broadcaster, well known as the presenter of Radio 4’s former film programme, Talking Pictures. His ‘The Lord of the Rings ­ Official Movie Guide’, which topped the bestseller lists in the UK and USA last year, was the latest project in a 20-year long career of writing about J.R.R. Tolkien¹s work.

His lifelong interest in fantasy books and cinema is reflected in his writing credits. In 1981, Brian dramatised the critically-acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, later to play Bilbo Baggins in the film trilogy.

Jude Fisher is the pseudonym for Jane Johnson, who has worked on Tolkien books for more than 18 years, first at George Allen & Unwin Publishers, then at HarperCollins, and is an accredited Tolkien expert. As Jude Fisher she has written two fantasy epics, as well as The Sunday Times bestseller: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion.