In 1998, Sir Peter Jackson’s team of location scouts were searching for the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton™. An aerial search led them to the Alexander farm, a stunning 1,250 acre sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato. They noted the area’s striking similarity to The Shire™, as described by JRR Tolkien, and quickly realised that the Hobbits™ had found a home.
In one particular part of the farm, a magnificent pine tree towered over a nearby lake, adjacent to a rising hill. Bag End now sits atop that hill, overlooking the Party Tree, as that pine would later be known. The surrounding areas were untouched; no power lines, no buildings and no roads in sight. This meant that Sir Peter Jackson could leave the 20th century behind, and fully submerge himself in the fantasy world of Middle-earth™.
In 2009, Sir Peter Jackson returned to film The Hobbit trilogy, and he left behind the beautiful movie set you’ll see today; 44 permanently reconstructed Hobbit Holes, in the same fantastic detail seen in the movies.
- How did Sir Peter Jackson discover a good location for the movie set?
- Sir Peter Jackson had no basis for the design of the movie’s set.
- added more beauty to the entire movie set. It even became a place where the hobbits’ party scenes were shot.
- “Sir Peter Jackson could …fully submerge himself in the fantasy world of Middle-earth™.” What does "fully submerge" mean?
- Sir Peter Jackson and his team have no plans to demolish the 44 Hobbit Homes they left behind.