Severine800 received this interesting bit of news in his/her email today:
The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook celebrates selling over 200,000 copies with the August 6th publication of the Extended Edition by Ian Brodie
As you have purchased previous editions of the guide from us we are giving you the opportunity to purchase a personally author-signed copy of the extended edition now before it reaches overseas bookstores this November.
This definitive full-colour The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook, by Ian Brodie, showcases the principal movie set locations around New Zealand as seen in all three films.
This new book contains all of the features of the popular first and second editions, but has been revised into a larger coffee table size to accommodate the many requests from readers of the first two books.
With the increased image size the book is now a beautifully presented collection of images of New Zealand and the movie images and locations, ideal for tourists and as a gift for overseas friends and family.
The popularity of the first two editions has turned Wanaka author Ian Brodie’s brainchild into a publishing phenomenon, with more than 200,000 copies of the book sold since the first edition was published in November 2002.
Ian’s life has also undergone a dramatic change; he has become Air New Zealand’s Ambassador to Middle-earth, and a key spokesperson for Tourism New Zealand, who have flown him to major international tourism conferences to speak about New Zealand as Middle-earth. He featured as a red carpet presenter for TV3 during the premiere of the final movie, and has been interviewed by print, radio and television media from all around the world since the book’s international release at the end of last year. He has also been nominated for a premiere tourism award and a Booksellers’ Choice award, both to be announced in July 2004. Six of his location images are being released as stamps by NZ Post to coincide with the new book, and Ian and his son have featured as extras in the final movie, The Return of the King.
Background on the book
Since the first screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, New Zealand has become the embodiment of Middle-earth to millions of moviegoers and Tolkien readers the world over. The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Extended Edition is the perfect reference book for everyone enchanted by the beauty of the locations in the movie trilogy. It contains valuable background information and exclusive anecdotes about the filming, with sections written specially by Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, Richard Taylor and Barrie Osborne, plus contributions from the cast and crew. In addition, the book includes:
Exclusive movie and location photographs, maps and location directions, GPS references to location sites, touring information for travellers, and useful internet addresses.
About the author
Ian Brodie, Director of the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum in Wanaka, was already a published author before he came to HarperCollins, with eight titles on aviation related topics to his credit. He first read The Lord of the Rings when he was 14 and since then have been totally entranced with the works of JRR Tolkien. A keen traveller and photographer since the age of seventeen, Ian now lives and works in Wanaka with his wife and two teenaged children.
The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Extended Edition
Launch Date: Friday 6 August
Recommended Retail Price: $39.99