One new guide book rules them all

Dur­ing an early morn­ing cof­fee out­ing with The Lord of the Rings Lo­ca­tion Guide­book au­thor Ian Brodie, it wasn’t long be­fore the pop­u­lar­ity of the book was ev­i­dent as Laura Mcleay found out

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Within min­utes a tourist from the United States spot­ted the book and ea­gerly came to ask where to buy a copy, cafe staff were also cu­ri­ous and wanted a sneak peak be­fore pass­ing it around for other din­ers to look at.

Ian Brodie’s com­pletely up­dated edi­tion of The Lord of the Rings Lo­ca­tion Guide­book went on sale in on Mon­day.

This book is an up­dated ver­sion of the 2004, The Lord of the Rings Lo­ca­tion Guide­book, which has sold over 370,000 copies world­wide.

The up­dated edi­tion in­cludes new pic­tures and in­for­ma­tion, lo­ca­tion guides with GPS co­or­di­nates, maps and in­for­ma­tion about sur­round­ing towns.

By fol­low­ing the guide­book, fans can have a real life tour of the film and ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of New Zealand land­scape.

Mr Brodie is no stranger to the Lord of the Rings Tril­ogy.

He has read the book se­ries over 40 times and is the me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at Hob­biton movie set and farm tours.

‘‘When I read the books, it was the his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy that amazed me and the films cap­ture this,’’ Mr Brodie said.

‘‘I want other peo­ple to be able to see these lo­ca­tions and this book can be taken away as a sou­venir.’’

When the first edi­tion was writ- ten, 15,000 books were printed.

These were sold out within four days and it has be­come the third big­gest sell­ing book in the New Zealand.

‘‘It proves more than any­thing the amaz­ing land­scape of New Zealand and the power of these films.’’

Mr Brodie started the up­dated edi­tion last De­cem­ber when he re­vis­ited each film lo­ca­tion to take new pho­tos and find ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

He has now writ­ten 18 books about New Zealand and said tak­ing the pho­to­graphs for the books is what he loves.

If you can get paid for your hobby, you can’t go wrong.’’

The book will be avail­able as an iPhone ap­pli­ca­tion some­time next year so the in­for­ma­tion can be used any­time, any­where.

out If you’re plan­ning to get along to Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School’s 50th re­union cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing Labour Week­end 2011, you might want to reg­is­ter soon.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms need to be in be­fore Septem­ber 23.

A reg­is­tra­tion form was sent out with a copy of the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle last week.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Ruth Older­shaw said they were very ex­cited about the pro­gramme which in­cludes a plat­ter and chat­ter evening, and an op­tional bus tour to name a few.

Reg­is­tra­tions were com­ing in well but they were still ex­cept­ing more, Mrs Older­shaw said.

‘‘As the time draws closer we would en­cour­age peo­ple not to leave it to the last minute,’’ she said.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee would also like to hear from any­one who may have an old girl’s romper (phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion gear) in royal blue and the old boy’s uni­form.

‘‘We would love to have these for the uni­form dis­play.’’

To reg­is­ter phone the school of­fice on 888 7221 or email the of­fice at of­fice@ mata­matain­ter­me­di­ate.school.nz, pop into the school of­fice to pick a reg­is­tra­tion form or go to www.mata­matain­ter­me­di­ate.school.nz and click on Re­union.

New and im­proved: Au­thor Ian Brodie with his new com­pletely up­dated ver­sion of The Lord of the Rings Lo­ca­tion Guide­book that went on sale on Mon­day.

mata­mata.edi­tor@wrcn.co.nz

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