Amstel Music, 2014. 1st edition. Large size hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated.
This 25th Anniversary Edition of Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings contains the original manuscript score, articles, photos and a CD with the world premiere recording, performed by The Band of the Royal Belgian Guides, March 15, 1988.
Interview with Johan de Meij by Anthony Fiumara (fragment)
‘You are working on a 45-minute symphony for wind orchestra? Forget it, nobody is going to play that.’
Some 30 years ago, when Johan de Meij conceived the idea to write his first symphony, many people advised against it. The fact that it would be his Opus 1 also did not inspire much confidence. After 25 years, thousands of performances and dozens of recordings, we now know that those friendly warnings were totally off the mark. In one fell swoop, his Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings, made de Meij's name world renowned as a top composer for wind orchestra, a rank he retains to this day with his later symphonies and other works.
In an interview with his colleague and good friend Anthony Fiumara, the composer looks back on one of the most successful musical works ever written. What gave Johan de Meij the idea to put Tolkien's epic novel to music? How did he proceed? Did he find his voice the moment he started to compose? And finally, what are his thoughts about his ‘first-born’ with the benefit of 25 years of hindsight?*
Thranduil, king of the Elves of Mirkwood that was once Greenwood the Great, Lord of the Woodland Realm and father of Legolas Greenleaf™, sits upon his great throne of carved roots in his hidden palace.
Wearing a many-spined crown of rowan berries and clad in richly woven robes the cold Elvenking carries as his staff of office a tall rod of oak and amber, held together in a thorn-grip of steel fingers.
Father to Legolas Greenleaf, Thranduil is a powerful Elf-Lord and a legendary fighter. King of the Woodland Realm, he rules over the northern lands of the great forest known as Mirkwood. The staff of the Elvenking combines nature with Elven artistry. As a royal symbol of Thranduil’s rule and authority over the Woodland Realm, the twisted oak shaft is crowned with an amber handle surrounded by flowing metal vine and lattice work. This replica is crafted from polyresin and presented with a poly stone wall mount featuring a graphic motif of Thranduil, and includes a certificate of authenticity.
Length: 66"/165 cm.*
United Cutlery, 2014. Thought to have been destroyed in the great battle between Orcs and Dwarves, Azog the Defiler has come forth once more, and he will stop at nothing to hunt down and destroy every last member of the company of Thorin Oakenshield. Azog’s primary weapon is his war mace. A primitive but brutal weapon, the mace was constructed of wood, leather, cord, and rough forged steel. This replica is based on the prop and models used for the film. It is crafted in steel reinforced polyresin with precise attention to detailing. It is presented with a poly stone wall mount featuring a graphic motif of Azog´s tattoo scars.
The mace is 41 5/8"/105 cm long. With a certificate of authenticity.*
Scattered among the grassy hills of Hobbiton like a purse full of lost coins, the bright round doors of many dozen hobbit-holes shine in bright, summery hues, each home to a Hobbit or family of the little people.
As diverse as the rosy-cheeked Hobbits themselves, every smial, as hobbit-holes are known, reflects the unique personality of its inhabitant and nestles into the hillside amid a sea of lush greenery.
Turning right out of his front gate would lead Mister Bilbo BagginsTM past the entrance of number 36 Bagshot Row, the pretty, blue-doored home of one of Hobbiton’s most enthusiastic flower gardeners, with its front yard full of pots of colourful blooms.
Size: 2.4x4.7x2.2"/6x12x5.5 cm*
This deluxe slipcased two-volume set is an insider’s tour of twenty years of movie-making magic at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, the creative team behind such celebrated films as The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, The Avengers, King Kong and District 9.
Brimming with never-before-published content, including concept designs, sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, and interview material from cast and crew members, it is a stunning look at how the sets, costumes, creatures and characters, weaponry, and visual effects are created for the world’s most iconic films.*
his exquisite leather cuff or arm band will last you a lifetime. It was made in Wellington, New Zealand from supple vegetable tanned cowhide. This is a natural product with unique colour and texture variations.
The cuff features one snap lock cap and two sockets, to fit two wrist sizes: 7.5 in (190mm) and 8.3 in (210mm). These are sturdy chrome coloured fasteners.
These cuffs are very tactile, beautiful to look at and have that irresistible smell of real leather.
Created by the same talented artists and craftsmen who created leatherwork for the 3 Foot 7 art department on The Hobbit movies.