Book of the week - Non-fiction - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Visual Companion by Jude Fisher

Seen The Hobbit film but want more? Author of all three of the best-selling Lord Of The Rings Visual Companions, Jude Fisher is back with an essential accompaniment to director Peter Jackson’s latest JRR Tolkien epic, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

It’s a useful book both for seasoned fans of Tolkien and those who have not read the book. The Hobbit is a prequel to The Lord Of The Rings and introduces the reader to Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum (and the Ring), Elrond, Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman. Fisher’s book reacquaints us with these characters and introduces us to new ones, the Goblin King, Radagast - and, in great detail, the 13 Dwarves who become Baggins’s fellow adventurers. The Quest is explained and there is also a illustrated fold-out map, so the reader can chart the journey from Bag End to Erebor, where Smaug the Dragon lives.

Packed with more than 100 colour photos from the film, including some stunning location shots of Middle Earth, this is a wonderfully produced book that is a must-have for Hobbit fans.