Middle-earth - From Script to Screen: Building the world of The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit is a comprehensive book recounting the making of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, in 1997 - 2002 and 2010 - 2014. It was written by Weta Workshop conceptual designer Daniel Falconer, with the help of writer K.M. Rice, and published in large hardcover in 2017 by Weta Workshop and Harper Design.
Middle-earth from Script to Screen contains hundreds of set and film archival images, and commentary from interviews with Peter Jackson, Dan Hennah, Grant Major, Alan Lee, John Howe, Tania Rodger, Richard Taylor, the cast of the trilogies, and others. At 511 pages, it is the largest guide to the making of the movie trilogies, and weighs 7.53 pounds.
From the Author
I look at Middle-earth: From Script to Screen as a tour of the world Sir Peter Jackson and his team of filmmakers brought to the screen. It's a victory lap of Peter's vision of Middle-earth, exploring how the beauty and wonders of Tolkien's imagination were realised as a place people could witness on the big screen, visit in their minds, and believe in their hearts.
—Daniel Falconer, author
Table of contents
Chapters are ordered by regions of Middle-earth of significance in the films, from west to east, and cover the characters, set/prop efforts, and filming details pertaining to locations within.
- Foreword by Peter Jackson
- The Shire
- Lands of Arnor Past
- The Misty Mountains
- Realms of Rhovanion
- Enedwaith & Calenardhon (i.e. Isengard, Fangorn Forest, and surroundings)
- Realms of the North & Wastes of the East
- Ithilien & the Morgul Vale
- Mordor & the Shadowed South
- Acknowledgements & Credits
- The Lord of the Rings: A Filmmaking Journey
- Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth
- Gary Russell