4. The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook: Extended Edition
By Ian Brodie ($24.95, HarperCollins)
When I traveled to New Zealand to research my book "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks," and embarked on my own Lord of the Rings filming location geek-out quest, this guidebook was indispensable. With its detailed maps, directions, insider information and exclusive movie stills – even GPS coordinates – I was able to find dozens of sites, from the Shire (Matamata) to Mordor (Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park) to Arrowntown's The Ford of Bruinen, location for the famed "If you want him, come and claim him!" scene. Perfect for the Tolkien freak planning his or her own LOTR adventure Down Under.