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NewsWire: Guide book to Middle-earth Completed - The Otago D

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 27, 2002 10:00 am

<p><em>by Dave Smith</em></p>
<p>Wanaka: Ian Brodie has realised a boyhood dream. </p>
<p>The affable curator of the Wanaka-based New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum has spent the past eight months of his spare time writing the official guide to <em>Lord of the Rings </em>film locations throughout New Zealand. </p>
<p>The official release of the guide book is not until November, and news about the 96-page publication being written has been suppressed by publishers HarperCollins (NZ). </p>
<p>It was the eighth book written by Mr Brodie (44) and though the others have been about his other passion, Warbird aircraft, there was a link between planes and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, he said. </p>
<p>"Many of the planes are photographed against New Zealand's stunning landscape and so is <em>The Lord of the Rings </em>trilogy." </p>
<p>Mr Brodie was a self-confessed "avid Tolkien fan" since first reading the book at 13 and being "totally captured". </p>
<p>Having read it about 39 times and seeing the first of the trilogy series, Mr Brodie thought a guide book on set locations would be a good idea. It has been endorsed by New Line Cinemas and many of the colour photographs depict scenes from the movie. </p>
<p>It was while on a recent trip to Los Angeles, and headquarters to the film series, that Mr Brodie realised the significance of New Zealand's landscape. </p>
<p>"I was sitting on the third floor of New Line looking at a haze-filled Los Angeles and thinking about the crystal clear air and waters of Glenorchy, near Queenstown, which was one of the film locations." </p>
<p>Though millions had read the book and imagined in their own mind what Middle-earth was like, he said the film, through (director) Peter Jackson, had cemented those images. </p>
<p>"So people now picture Middle-earth as being in New Zealand." </p>
<p>Mr Brodie said many of the film locations were off the beaten tourist track so there were now tourism spin-offs for those communities. </p>
<p>The book gives a pictorial and descriptive account of where the scenes were filmed, alongside a tourist's guide to the activities, accommodation and things to see and do while there.</p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"></font>
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Postby Brodes » Wed Aug 28, 2002 12:17 am

<p>I hope you all enjoy it when it comes out. There are some unseen pics in it etc.</p>
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<p>I hope you all enjoy it when it comes out. There are some unseen pics in it etc.</p>
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