Hobbit Hole. Hobbit house on Hobbiton Movie Set. Location for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films in Waikato region, New Zealand
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Dimensions:2526 x 3799 px | 21.4 x 32.2 cm | 8.4 x 12.7 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:15 January 2013
Location:Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand
Hobbiton Movie Set - Location for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films In September 1998 Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema discovered the Alexander family farm during an aerial search for suitable film sites for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The fantastic views and rolling countryside of the Alexander Farm closely resembled that of The Shire as described by author, J.R.R Tolkien. The large established pine tree, later re-named the party tree, was already perfectly placed in front of the lake. The surrounding rolling farmland was untouched by 20th century clutter such as roads, buildings or power lines. The farm was perfect. When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, he immediately thought it was perfect for Hobbiton. Nevertheless, a lot of work was still needed to be completed before it was up to the director’s high standards. Site construction started in March 1999 and filming commenced in December that year, continuing for three months. Below is a summary of the major components that were needed to create the Hobbiton Movie Set: •The New Zealand Army was contracted to build 1.5 km of road into the site and the initial set development. They brought diggers, bulldozers, loaders, trucks, rollers, graders and other heavy machinery to the site. •Barberry hedges and trees were brought in and gardens were nurtured throughout winter. •Thirty-seven hobbit holes were created with untreated timber, ply and polystyrene. •The Mill and double arch bridge were built out of scaffolding, ply and polystyrene, then glued and painted. •Thatch on the pub and mill roofs was cut from rushes around the Alexander farm. •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 (weighing 26 tonne). •Artificial leaves were imported from