Visual Companion Hardback
by Jude Fisher
Part of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies series
The official Visual Companion for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies sees the devastating conclusion of the Company's quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor and the terrible battle that is about to consume the plains of the Lonely Mountain.Introduced by Sir Ian McKellen, the final Visual Companion in the series sees the desolation of Smaug the Magnificent, and the ruination of The Battle of the Five Armies.The destruction of Lake-town leaves its inhabitants wandering through the ruins of Dale, looking to Bard to lead them in rebuilding their lives.
Destitute, all eyes turn towards the Lonely Mountain and the promised payment of a debt.Under the command of Sauron, Azog the Defiler prepares to unleash a terrible army, the likes of which the Third Age has never seen.
All hope rests upon uniting the free peoples of Middle-earth in the fight against evil, and Bilbo Baggins holds a powerful key to striking up a bargain...Follow the last journey of Thorin Oakenshield's Company as the fight for the vast wealth of the Lonely Mountain continues on to a devastating conclusion.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 20/11/2014
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9780007544110
- Hardback from £10.65
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Review by TPauSilver
This Visual companion is a thin book (87 pages) which re-tells the story of the first few movies and provides some interesting background information to the third movie that isn't in the films (like what, exactly, Thranduil wants from the Dwarves enough to go to war). The text is, as far as I can tell, accurate, or it certainly tallies with what I know from other sources, so that's not nothing. It is a little dry and a little odd in that it combines back story from the first two movies with information and images from the last movie so I'm not sure if it's meant to be a refresher before you see the last movie or a book you read after the last movie. Very odd. Also, my major argument with books like this, some of the screenshots they use are horribly out of focus. This is probably more to do with what they're provided with but, seriously, if you're producing a visual companion make sure you're using incredibly high quality, in focus screen shots. Otherwise what's the point? The selection of shots is also a little dull but, again, this is probably limited by what the studio gave them. It's an alright book. There's some new information in here if you've just seen the films and there are some nice images but it has it's problems.