The Hobbiton Movie Set

Kei Quinal

Reading — Intermediate Level
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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.
  1. How did Sir Peter Jackson discover a good location for the movie set?

  2. Sir Peter Jackson had no basis for the design of the movie’s set.

  3.   added more beauty to the entire movie set. It even became a place where the hobbits’ party scenes were shot.

  4. “Sir Peter Jackson could …fully submerge himself in the fantasy world of Middle-earth™.” What does "fully submerge" mean?

  5. Sir Peter Jackson and his team have no plans to demolish the 44 Hobbit Homes they left behind.

Discussion

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  1. Have you watched all movies of the Lord of the Rings film series?

  2. Which character do you like the most and why?

  3. If you were invited by a hobbit to his/her home, what would you ask him/her?

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    Vocabulary

      • close or near : sharing a border, wall, or point
      • taken or seen from an airplane
      • (demolished) to destroy (a building, bridge, etc.) : to forcefully tear down or take apart (a structure)
      • are a fictional human-like race in the novels of J. R. R. Tolkien. About half the height of humans, they are also referred to as Halflings.
      • widely recognized and well-established
      • having a lot of full and healthy growth
      • a large area of land where animals feed on the grass
      • (submerged) to make (yourself) fully involved in an activity or interest
      • a series of three novels, movies, etc., that are closely related and involve the same characters or themes

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