New Edition of Bestselling 'The Lord of the Rings Location Guide Book'


When The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook by Ian Brodie was released in November 2002, to coincide with the worldwide film release of The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, it went straight onto the bestseller chart, and sold an astounding 75,000 copies in New Zealand and Australia alone in its first five months. The book enjoyed 18 weeks at No 1 on the New Zealand Bestseller List and by September 2003 has sold a phenomenal 90,000 copies.

Now publishers HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) are delighted to announce that on Friday 7 November the much awaited The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook New Edition will be launched in New Zealand. The New Edition contains images and details of not only the first two movies, but also the also the third and final movie, The Return of the King. The new edition contains an extra 32 pages and in addition to the new locations there are features written by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Alan Lee and Barrie Osborne. The Two Towers locations have also been rewritten to accurately reflect the final film.

In addition to new location information and new interviews with key cast and crew, author Ian Brodie has added new location photographs and movie images from the third movie, along with the touring information, GPS references and local directions which helped make the first edition such a success.

English language rights have been sold for the book, and as well as being sold in Australasia, The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook New Edition will be available for sale in the UK, Europe, South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore from December or in some cases, early 2004. Distribution in the US and Canada is currently under discussion, but the New Edition can be ordered on

Managing Director of HarperCollins Publishers (NZ), Tony Fisk, says “We are thrilled to be associated with the Lord of the Rings Locations Guidebook which has given a new dimension to the enjoyment of The Lord of the Rings books and films to many thousands of fans and visitors to New Zealand Availability of the first edition was limited to New Zealand and Australia and we are delighted that readers in other parts of the world will now be able to read about the stunning locations which Peter Jackson transformed into Middle Earth”.

About the Author:
Ian Brodie is director of the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum in Wanaka, and a successful aviation writer. He is also a dedicated Tolkien fan, with a passion for and local knowledge of many of the locations used in making the movie trilogy.

Ian met fellow aviation enthusiast Peter Jackson at an air show, and not long after that, the idea was born to write a guide for fans to the locations used in filming Peter’s masterpiece. Ian set out with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the books and movies, a GPS and a ton of enthusiasm and compiled the ultimate fan’s tribute to the moviemakers and the host of locals who contributed to the movie trilogy.

Release Date: 7 November 2003
Launch Location: Glenorchy, New Zealand
Recommended retail price: NZ $24.99