The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Return of the King (ISBN 0-618-43029-6) by Gary Russell is a complete guide (descriptive and visual) to the art direction and creation of what Peter Jackson’s 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King brought to life, presenting the narrative of everything behind-the-scenes from sculptures to the uses of special effects - published in 2004 by Houghton Mifflin (US).

This book follows The Art of The Two Towers and The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Aside from the author’ foreword and introduction, and an afterword by Peter Jackson, the text of this guide is commentary by the members of Weta Workshop and of Weta Digital, and by commissioned illustrators such as Alan Lee, Ben Wooten, Jeremy Bennett, Daniel Falconer, and John Howe. Each bit of commentary accompanies the sketch, Matte painting sculpture, maquette, color study, digital art-piece, armor concept, or costume that said member created or had a part in making.

Some illustrations and images of conceptual artwork in The Art of The Return of the King appear also in Weapons and Warfare (a book written by the editor, Chris Smith). Other images are only found in this book.


A costume concept for Eowyn by Ngila Dickson

Each chapter presents the artistic conceptualization process that was gone through for cinematically rendering a certain region of Middle-earth and its related characters or buildings.

Table of contents Edit

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Ithilien
  • Minas Tirith
  • Dunharrow & The Paths of the Dead
  • Minas Morgul
  • The Siege of Gondor
  • Shelob's Lair
  • Cirith Ungol
  • The Pelennor Fields
  • The Black Gates
  • Mordor
  • Epilogue
  • Afterword

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