There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale

by Sean Astin with Joe Layden

New York Times Bestseller

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film trilogies in cinematic history. Nominated for more than 18 Academy Awards, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stand as two of the highest grossing films in box office history.

Though each Lord of the Rings DVD includes a special behind the scenes look at the making of the film -- showing some of the techniques and artistry employed to bring Tolkien's vision to life -- the real story of what took place on the set, the harrowing ordeals of the actors and some of the unspoken controversy that occurred between the cast and studio has never been heard, until now. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale is the complete memoir of Sean Astin, who plays Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His experience and candid retelling of events is unparalleled. More than a companion guide to the film, this book is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never been told before.