Press Release: The Lord of the Rings: The Second Coming - Celebrate the new The Two Towers LOTR Books Release

Press Release
The Lord of the Rings: The Second Coming

First chance to get inside story on making of most eagerly anticipated film of 2002.

Middle-earth hits London on November 6 as HarperCollins launches its official children's' and adults' tie-in books for The Two Towers, the second of Peter Jackson's spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy, at Waterstone's, Piccadilly. Exclusive footage never seen before, eminent author talks and limited edition art for one day only form just a part of the day and night's activity.

To celebrate the launch, film and book fans will be treated to a unique day of in-store events and activities. A must for anyone wanting to get the inside story on the making of the trilogy and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

As well as author talks and book signings and a one-off chance to play the new Electronic Arts game for PS2, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Waterstone's is host to a one-day exhibition of 18 exclusive stills from the film trilogy. HarperCollins are giving away for one day only a limited edition print by Alan Lee, the renowned Tolkien illustrator who has worked with Peter Jackson to shape the look of the film.  The print is free to anyone buying a HarperCollins Tolkien book.

Broadcaster and author, Brian Sibley, and fantasy author and publisher, Jude Fisher, will be in store from 10 a.m. to discuss and sign copies of their new titles, `The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy' and `The Two Towers Visual Companion' respectively. 

The authors will then host a chat forum at 6.30 p.m. for members of the public to discuss Tolkien and the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, which will be followed by Q&As and book signings.

As the official chroniclers of Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning interpretation of the Tolkien novels, Brian and Jude made numerous visits on location in New Zealand. In the company of Jackson and the principal cast, including Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Lee, they observed the making of one of the most long-awaited and challenging productions of all time.

Brian Sibley is a writer and broadcaster, well known as the presenter of Radio 4's former film programme, Talking Pictures.  His `The Lord of the Rings - Official Movie Guide', which topped the bestseller lists in the UK and USA last year, was the latest project in a 20-year long career of writing about J.R.R. Tolkien's work.

His lifelong interest in fantasy books and cinema is reflected in his writing credits. In 1981, Brian dramatised the critically-acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of `The Lord of the Rings in which Frodo was played by Ian Holm, later to play Bilbo Baggins in the film trilogy.

Jude Fisher is the pseudonym for Jane Johnson, who has worked on Tolkien books for more than 18 years, and is an accredited Tolkien expert. As Jude Fisher she has written two fantasy epics, as well as The Sunday Times bestseller: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion.

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