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
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.