– FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Its time to take a break from nature and go “geek-out” on the actual set of the Shire from the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings series of movies! This set was first created when Peter Jackson and his location scout team performed an aerial search for suitable film sites. They found a farm just outside of Mata Mata, which had the large and famous tree they needed (in addition to the rolling hills and a large pond/lake).
Thirty-nine Hobbit holes were created for the Lord of the Rings movies with untreated timber and polystyrene. They then went about dismantling the set, but weather prevented them from completing the demolition. They agreed to come back in 6 months and finish the work, but the local farmer who owned the land and the townspeople came together to make a deal with New Line Cinemas to stop the demolition. When they returned many years later to rebuild the Shire for the Hobbit movies, New Line Cinemas had to agree to rebuild the set with permanent materials so they could make the set into a tourist attraction. This reconstruction included an artificial tree made of steel and silicon over the Bilbo Baggins house.
Please enjoy some of our pictures and of course, more will be uploaded to our flickr account when Jill gets around to it.
We survived and even had a home brew at the Green Dragon Inn. This was an amazing experience!
For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.