The day I met Bilbo

Please note: I didn’t actually meet Bilbo per say, but I did have a nose at his house.

From the day I decided to take an adventure to the other side of the world, visiting Hobbiton was top of the list. Go ahead, call me a geek, but I love Lord of the Rings. Apparently not to the extreme as some of the other visitors though…

Our guide told us a story about a couple from Norway* who visited last year. The woman didn’t speak English, only Norwegian* and Elvish, so her husband went on to translate everything the guide said into Elvish.

Pretty extreme ey? Have to admit I was a little jealous.

So for those of you who don’t know, Hobbiton is the movie set where both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was filmed.

But before photos, here are some fun facts I learnt that day:


– It took 3 months to film Lord of the Rings and only 12 days to film the Hobbit trilogy at Hobbiton.

– The tallest actor in the cast was in fact John Rhys-Davies who plays Gimli the dwarf.

– Thirty-seven hobbit holes were created with untreated timber, ply and polystyrene. Varying from 50% to 100% actual size.

– The oak tree overlooking Bag End was cut down and brought in from near Matamata. Each branch was numbered and chopped, then transported and bolted together on top of Bag End.

– Every horse you see in New Zealand was an extra in Lord of the Rings.

Now I’m 100% sure that that last one is in fact a lie, but it’s obviously a well known joke as pretty much every New Zealander said it. A for consistency guys!




Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Another big attraction nearby Hobbiton are the Gloworm Caves at Waitomo. I’ve never even thought twice about gloworms, but what an amazing place sailing underneath thousands of these magical creatures.


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