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A stunning look at the creative process behind The
Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
—the third and final
installment of one of the world's biggest motion picture franchises from
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson.

Working closely
with the film's production staff, the award-winning team at WETA brings
together more than 240 pages of spectacular four-color visuals,
including hundreds of images of concept artwork, photographs,
development paintings, and more created by the artists and designers
working behind the scenes. Movie photography and finished imagery
accompany the sketches and drawings, showing how the artists' vision was
realized from design to final product.

Chock full of insider
stories, details, and insights, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five
Armies Chronicles: Art & Design
also includes a special bonus
feature—a three-page fold-out sure to delight fans and become a
treasured collectible.


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Reviews for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Chronicles: Art & Design:

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Jan 13, 2015

I am a massive fan of fantasy art. From the early days of my childhood I adored pouring over drawings, paintings, and sculptures of things ranging from dragons souring through the skies through to wizards standing toe to toe with invading armies. I literally worshipped artists like John Howe, Keith Parkinson, Michael Whelan and Frank Frazetta, and I consumed their work with fanaticism and passion.

So when I heard of the the impending release of the Art and Design book for The Hobbit: The Battle I am a massive fan of fantasy art. From the early days of my childhood I adored pouring over drawings, paintings, and sculptures of things ranging from dragons souring through the skies through to wizards standing toe to toe with invading armies. I literally worshipped artists like John Howe, Keith Parkinson, Michael Whelan and Frank Frazetta, and I consumed their work with fanaticism and passion.

So when I heard of the the impending release of the Art and Design book for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies I was excited to say the least. And boy was I not disappointed. Composing of over 250 different pieces of art, sketches, costumes and concept designs, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Art and Design book is an impressive addition to fantasy art literature. This book covers everything, from the initial sketches and artist discussion right though to the final design that made it to film. Props, sets, creatures, armour and weapons are all covered in great detail, and conceptual artists like John Howe and Alan Lee provide expert commentary all throughout the book.

I adored pouring over each and every single page, taking in the beautiful artwork or gleaming an interesting fact from the information (such as how Thranduil's armour was initially inspired by the intricate and beautiful armour of Japanese samurai) that accompanied it. I also enjoyed how the book was divided into sections that focused on the different factions of Middle Earth, and I loved seeing the bad guys (orcs, goblins, Necromancer etc) get equal treatment and focus. It was simply amazing to learn just how much work and background design goes into the production of a film like the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and after reading this I have a new found respect and admiration for all of those men and women behind its production.

I could read this tome over and over and still discover new things every time. To put it simply, this book is a must have for any fantasy art lover, Tolkien fan, or cosplayer. An absolutely stunning and visually brilliant book, and a must have for anyone with eyes and a soul!

5 out of 5 stars.

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5

December 17, 2015

An art book loaded with warfare
The might of the five armies are shown perfectly in this book. You get to see everything warfare from dwarven chariots, their war animals, armor, weapons, and just everything. This goes for all five armies as well. The beginning has the fight against Smaug the dragon at Lake Town and has lots of pages of that battle showing the fight, destruction, people, the refugee camp, and lots more. There's a lot to this book and all the pictures are very nice and crystal clear and every page has commentary about the art/scenes. Towards the end of the book you get to see orc/goblin army and all their mounts, weapons, and different monsters.

The book is just amazing and if you like the hobbit or just want some high end art of warfare then this is the book for you.
5

December 25, 2014

I have been a fan of Tolkien since college. ...
I have been a fan of Tolkien since college. With the release of the third Hobbit film, I really wasn't ready to "let go" of these films. Now that I have this book I can pull it out anytime and be taken back to Middle Earth immediately. This book just adds to the other "behind the scenes" books that I have on The Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit movies.
5

January 13, 2015

THE BEST BOOK SO FAR IN THIS EXCELLENT SERIES
The best book so far in this excellent series about the movies. Artist and author, Daniel Falconer put together a wonderful book and it's filled with spoilers about what they filmed and what I think will be in the extended cut.

Here is my list of possible scenes mentioned in this book, which could be in the extended version of the movie.

Possible Scenes in the Extended Cut of The Battle of Five Armies from my reading of The Hobbit The Battle of Five Armies: Chronicles, Art and Design, by Daniel Falconer

Gandalf’s vision of Smaug fighting alongside Sauron’s armies—while Gandalf is in Dol Guldur.

Battle Ram riding Dwarven Cavalry charging into battle against the orcs

Thorin’s companions in the battle in the valley, including Bombur with a huge flail—like the Witch King’s in Return of the King—killing orcs. Also, Bofur and Bifur riding on a troll and making it attack orcs.

Chariot ride from the gates of Erebor along the frozen river with Dwalin, Fili, Kili, and I think Thorin driving the chariot. In the trailer, I thought it was Balin driving it. They take the chariot to the base of Raven Hill, then ride the rams up the mountain.

Bilbo making his way up to Raven Hill—though I’m not sure about this one. The designers discussed scenes with Bilbo on his way to Raven Hill that were not in the theatrical release.

More with Beorn fighting at the end? The designers discussed this one, but what they discussed would be totally different than what we saw in the theatrical release—including Beorn landing on the frozen lake.

Funeral of Thorin, Fili, and Kili—this appears to be a done deal. There’s art, text, and lots of details about this scene.

Dain’s coronation—his costume is shown and details are given.

That’s all I could glean from the book. I’ll hope for more scenes in the extended cut.
3

Dec 28, 2014

Bilbo got one page. ONE. PAGE. Which is on-par with the movie, I guess. BUT WOW. It didn't even show all his costumes???? And all the dwarves got like ten pages each????

Also, much of the text was plot summary, which was a waste of time and also boring.
5

Mar 30, 2014

Wow.

This final chronicle of The Hobbit art books contains amazingly gorgeous concept art. Over half of it is digital art (I usually prefer pencil, ink, or charcoal drawn art) but this stuff is so good I can't complain.

And the pencil or ink drawn art in here is incredible. Mostly all done by the masters Alan Lee and John Howe, they are detailed and imaginative and beautiful.

Sometimes, though, the art that looked the best and most interesting was so tiny you couldn't see it very well. I know Wow.

This final chronicle of The Hobbit art books contains amazingly gorgeous concept art. Over half of it is digital art (I usually prefer pencil, ink, or charcoal drawn art) but this stuff is so good I can't complain.

And the pencil or ink drawn art in here is incredible. Mostly all done by the masters Alan Lee and John Howe, they are detailed and imaginative and beautiful.

Sometimes, though, the art that looked the best and most interesting was so tiny you couldn't see it very well. I know that they can't have a 700 page book to give each piece a full page, more's the pity, but it was still a bit disappointing.

I found myself being torn while reading this book though, because something would be mentioned and I was thanking whoever vetoed that idea, like Thorin and Azog battling across the face of a frozen waterfall, while ice chunks fell away. And then I would read that someone had drawn up a full color sketch of Azog holding Kili underwater while Thorin struggled desperately to reach him and bang my head against the wall because WHY COULDN'T THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE MOVIE?!?

The concept art for Thorin's tomb in Erebor was great art design and so pretty. Why can't I recall seeing it in the movie? Probably because I couldn't see through my tears.

The concept art for Thorin being slain more near to Dale looked much better than Thazog On Ice.

I wish they had kept in the nod to Gimli and Legolas' friendship by having that one line between Gloin and Thranduil.

I really liked some of the other designs for Bolg that they were considering far more than what they settled on.

So from this it would appear that Dain was entirely digital, which I totally called while watching the movie, because he looked all wrong.

"In Tolkien's books, Goblins are synonymous with Orcs." Really??

"The reference in the books to Azog having a huge, iron-clad head." Oh, I guess you also decided to ignore the reference about Azog not being alive during the timeline of the Hobbit...

You can definitely see that Peter Jackson has a flair for the dramatic, considering all the things he wanted added in because it would look bitching. Some of those were admittedly pretty cool, but some were just a wee bit over the top.

Oh, and I found a typo!

"neighboring Erebor soldtheir toys and jewelry."

No space.
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5

Apr 22, 2018

Beautiful art. It made me look at the Hobbit movies in a new way.
5

Nov 09, 2018

Large, heavy, filled with information and beautiful pictures. What else could one want?
5

Jan 10, 2015

A compilation of the artwork, concept designs, models, and behind the scenes insight that led to the movie "Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies." I will warn that this book does contain some spoilers of the movie, so if you have not seen the movie, this book may ruin some surprises!

Hundreds of visual works adorn all 250+ pages, along with commentary from conceptual artists (ex Alan Lee and John Howe), Weta designers, costume designers, and special effects. Subjects range from all sets in the A compilation of the artwork, concept designs, models, and behind the scenes insight that led to the movie "Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies." I will warn that this book does contain some spoilers of the movie, so if you have not seen the movie, this book may ruin some surprises!

Hundreds of visual works adorn all 250+ pages, along with commentary from conceptual artists (ex Alan Lee and John Howe), Weta designers, costume designers, and special effects. Subjects range from all sets in the movie, as well as sets and designs that never made it to the final product. Scenery, costumes, weaponry, creatures, and props all a focus in this book. A must have companion for anyone with a love of Tolkien and the Hobbit movies, who has an interest in movie-making, or just wants some tips for costume cosplay :). ...more
5

Dec 04, 2014

Great ending to an awesome trilogy of movies! What I liked the most about this book was hearing about how they did the art for my favorite scene in the movie: the battle scene in Dol Guldur between Sauron and the Nazgul and Lady Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond. Other things I liked were hearing about how they designed the different sets and how important they were for the movie. I liked hearing about how instrumental the sets were to scenes in the movie. Another of my favorite scenes were the Great ending to an awesome trilogy of movies! What I liked the most about this book was hearing about how they did the art for my favorite scene in the movie: the battle scene in Dol Guldur between Sauron and the Nazgul and Lady Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond. Other things I liked were hearing about how they designed the different sets and how important they were for the movie. I liked hearing about how instrumental the sets were to scenes in the movie. Another of my favorite scenes were the battle sequences in the movie and how the sets of Dale, Ravenhill, and Erebor were portrayed as in the book about how they designed them. Great book about how the art department made this movie possible! ...more
5

Mar 25, 2014

The artistry alone is reason enough to purchase this book. I may almost completely disagree with Peter Jackson's "artistic choices" in the movie but that does not take away from the absolute pleasure of reading this book. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Learning about all that goes into the tiniest details, many of which are not even seen much less appreciated. All I need are books 4 and 6 (when it's published).
5

Jan 14, 2015

This was filled with beautiful concept art and loads of ideas that didn't make it all the way. Some sketches even made me shiver because they were so good, and I'm amazed they can even come up with things like this. It was very interesting to read and I love these movies so much, it was amazing to see something like this. I need the art books for the other two movies now too...
4

Jul 24, 2015

This book was amazing! All the artwork was incredible.
It was cool to read about some of the ideas they had for the movie but decided to discard.
There was one problem with this book, there was to little about Bilbo and Tauriel. There were a few drawings of Bilbo but none of Tauriel, at least Bilbo got a whole page!
4

Jan 15, 2015

the concept art was so beautiful in this book it makes me wonder why they didn't use more of it in the actual movie. i do enjoy seeing their process of decision when they decide what to use and what not to use in the movie. this book is a must for anyone who loves the hobbit movies no matter how peter jackson puts things together. love love love these movies.
5

Dec 26, 2014

Es una obra de arte esta colección de libros, con todas las ilustraciones originales de John Howe y Alan Lee y del equipo de diseñadores de Weta, encabezados por Daniel Falconer, que firma los libros.
5

Nov 13, 2016

Took me way too long to finish reading/enjoying this.
Love it!
5

Dec 30, 2014

Another amazing book from Daniel Falconer. ... I never get tired of seeing the exquisite work that goes on behind the scenes of my favourite films
3

May 21, 2016

Enjoyable to see the thoughts, concepts, and various directions the visuals could take. Worth a borrow but, unless you're an intense fan, not a purchase.
5

January 28, 2015

Awesome! an intimate inside look at what it took to create the World of the Battle of the Five Armies
I'll make this a very short commentary. If you admire the works of WETA Workshops and Peter Jackson, & have been following their journey, this is a book you will want to posses! Concept Art, Ideas, sketches and models are ALL her for you to enjoy and take instruction from. I am STILL poring over the pages and lamenting my failing vision. Your budding young Artist and fan NEEDS this book! Give the gift of imagination. Get this book for your Artist, and your own, inner Artist. This is a book that compliments the awesome storytelling, and graphics of this series. Get an inside look at the imaginations and the process, and share it with your Children...
5

April 7, 2016

Informative and Beautiful
This is another beautiful book by the Weta artists that did all the costumes, sets and props for The Hobbit. This book focuses on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

There are 240 pages of drawings, photos and paintings from the artists and designers that did all the magic behind the scenes. You get to see early concept drawings down to the final visual.

If you love to know more about the movie you were watching and what all happens behind the scenes then you will love these books.
5

July 1, 2015

Excellent companion to the movies
We all loved the books, and enjoyed all the movies. The books are fun and really interesting. They're almost better than the extras on the DVDs. We all have really like all the behind the scenes information, and the actors talking about their parts. The history and the making of the different characters, and their weapons and costumes is fascinating. If you like the movies; you'll love the books.
5

August 13, 2019

great
I was really looking forward to this book. I am very happy with the content.
I am a fan of this movie. The photos are amazing and very exciting.
Unfortunately, a damaged book was shipped due to a shipping error, but I will purchase it again.
5

January 5, 2015

Worth Every Penny!
My collection is up to date again after Christmas! These books are the cream of the crop when it comes to well produced, lovely art, informative novels! Love the series, can hardly stop reading. Can't say I was a big fan of the movies ("the first trilogy was better") but the astounding work that hundreds of people went through to bring it to the screen is as fascinating as ever! Great purchase!
5

January 1, 2015

Eagerly awaiting Book 6...
These series of books are great.

I love the information of how the thoughts and ideas of the artists worked their way from concept to film.

I am hoping the they put out a 6th and final edition for the Battle of the Five Armies to bookend this series of books.

This is the kind of treatment I wish went into the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
5

April 6, 2017

Lots of Info and pictures
If you're a fan of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, this book is a must have.

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