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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Sun 09 Nov, 2003 8:40 am    Post subject: New Lord of the Rings Book.         Reply with quote

While we don't normally focus on the fantasy genre here at myArmoury I thought that this was worth mentioning.

Last night my wife returned from the big city (that could be anywhere but here). She had taken some of her students to a speech tournament, and had stopped by Barnes & Noble on the way home.

Upon her return she presented me with a copy of Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare, by Chris Smith. This book contains some very interesting photographs of the weapons featured in the movies. Of particular interest are the photos that show scabbards and suspension systems, something you don't really get a good look at in the movies.
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Nov, 2003 12:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's a review: http://www.herenistarion.org/ROTKWWReview.html. I think I shall try to get that book.
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David Stokes





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PostPosted: Sun 09 Nov, 2003 8:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

just picked this book up today, not too shabby, its "mythogical" explanation of sword making is terrible......... just not great...... but better than i ex[ected
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Sun 09 Nov, 2003 9:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Stokes wrote:
just picked this book up today, not too shabby, its "mythogical" explanation of sword making is terrible......... just not great...... but better than i ex[ected


I agree. I also agree with the gist of the review that Bjorn linked to. Some of the text is a bit off, and some of it is even a bit juvenile. On the other hand, many of the photos are worthwhile, this is the main value of this book IMHO.
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Nov, 2003 4:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My one problem with is actually is the pictures. I was expecting some HUGE pictures, maybe even some fold outs, but i guess i had my expectations set too high.

I read the "forging of swords" section and its rather close to true, but told with this mythological background which i guess gives it the ablity to be a little inacurate by our real world standards,
The most important sword in the trilogy, Anduril, only gets a small picture towards the end.... again not what i was expecting.
The glossary in the back is very useful, one thing about this book is that its semi educational.
As patrick said it is a bit juvenile, but i hope these LOTRers that go out and buy the UC replicas will read this book, realize thats NOT what a UC sword is and sorta "see the light".
Good book, worth the money, this is what I have been waiting for!
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