Monday, 29 April 2013

Lord of the Rings

With no functioning camera at the moment I dug up 2 posts I did on my other blog. As many of my current readers have only recently become followers I thought I should show some wonderful Kiwiana. Here is a revised look back at those posts.

Two summer holidays ago I had the good fortune of touring Hobbiton, the starting point to the Fellowship of the Ring.

I myself, I have to admit, am not the biggest Lord of the Rings fan but our children have seen the movie numerous times. Kate has tried to educate me in the intricacies of the plot. We were all blown away by the splendid and magical setting.

Our guide was amazing! He was knowledgeable and extremely funny. He told us some incredible stories of how fanatical some tourists who come to Hobbiton are.

One man had bought an $800 Hobbiton gold ring and chartered a plane over Mt Doom and threw in the ring to destroy it as was talked about in the movie.

Another couple of tourists had learnt elvish and one of the couple would interpret what the guide said and translate it in to elvish for his friend.

There were many stories and wonderful information we were told about the owners of the property, upkeep of the grounds, filming details and the significance of parts of the set. A must visit for any Lord of the Rings fans.

This post brings back fond memories. Must take Lea, Bianca and Caitlyn for a look. Like me I'm sure they will find it an incredible experience.

Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? I wasn't but I will now watch the movie with a lot more interest!


  1. What you said about some of the LOTR fans reminds me of some Star Trek fans learning Klingon! There are even some Klingon dictionaries out there.
    Hobbiton certainly looks a great place to visit, even for none-LOTR fans (such as myself).

  2. oh how cool that would boys is in a bit of a hobbit frenzy right now...we read LOTR together and then watched the movies...and now the hobbit is out....ha on the fanatics...they are out there...smiles

  3. It's always nice to see pictures second time around, Paul. It's useful showing them when the movie is in circulation.

  4. How wonderful to see that place for real. It is so lovely and peaceful.

  5. No, I'm definitely NOT a fan!
    Jane x

  6. oh cool the hobbit house!

  7. Hubby loved Lord of the Ring movies, but I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the first film. Lol. Sorry! Beautiful images, though...

  8. You are right, it looks like a beautiful and magical place. We have this now marked as a place to visit should we make our way over there. Funny that you put this post up now, our daughter's friend just visited here in the last day or two and posted many of the same pictures on her fb page.

    We enjoyed the movies but wouldn't say we are big fans.


  9. Oh my gosh, LOTR is one (or three) of our favourite movies. Every December we take a week or so to watch all three parts (Extended Versions of course). I wrote a post about it here:

    I also love the books and re-read them every couple of years.

    How fantastic that you got to visit Hobbiton!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. On reading your December post I can see you are a big LOTR fan!

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  11. Oh, my! I popped over from Mrs. Micawber's blog. We are GREAT LOTR fans. These pictures are totally awesome. Thank you for sharing. :)

  12. I also popped over from Sue's place (aka Mrs. Micawber). So lovely to see the setting for the film. I saw all of the Lord of the Rings and even saw the first two twice! The last one was a little too full of battles! I have not yet seen "The Hobbit" which was one of my favourite books many years ago.
    Nice to visit you here!

  13. I am another sent over by Sue. She actually asked me to stop by your place a couple of weeks ago, but I had a poor internet connection that night and forgot to follow up the next morning. So I'm very thankful she has invited more of her following to enjoy your posts; it certainly got me back on track.

    How amazing to live near such an incredible setting! How awesome to be able to participate in a tour and learn about some of the lengths fans will go to. (Particularly enjoyed the ring anecdote.) I recently read one woman made almost all the knitted costumes in The Hobbit. The special effects department supposedly bought a vat from a local dyer to make the snow and ice for the set. How I would have loved to have made snowflakes for them!!!

  14. Definitely a LOTR fan! Had no idea that you could tour Hobbiton, though. What a fun and unique experience!

  15. I'm catching up, Paul! And I loved this post! I so want to go to New Zealand and check out all the LOTR sites! My favorite author. My favorite book. And my favorite movies! Thank you for posting these Hobbiton pics!