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!