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The Misty Mountains are real. So are the Eregion Hills, Trollshaw Forest and Hobbit-holes.
Iāve seen them. Or at least Iāve seen their stand-ins in New Zealand, the tiny Pacific island nation that played Middle Earth in Peter Jacksonās blockbuster adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkienās āThe Lord of the Rings.ā
Itās not hard to understand why the director chose his homeland to film āThe Fellowship of the Ringā (2001), āThe Two Towersā (2002) and āThe Return of the Kingā (2003) ā or why he returned for āThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,ā which opens in New York on Friday.
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For one thing, both Jackson and his production company are based in Wellington, New Zealandās capital. But just outside its cities, the country offers mind-blowing scenery, from snow-capped peaks to lush valleys to roaring rivers. New Zealand provided more than 150 locations for Jacksonās films.
Luckily, many of Michael Kors Uk them are within reach for āLord of the Ringsā fans ā or any intrepid traveler who braves the 18-hour trek from New York to Auckland via Los Angeles.
One the Hobbit homes on a ’Lord of the Rings’ movie tour
Whatās been called Tolkien tourism has exploded since the first filmās release. In every city, youāll find tour companies, guides, street signs, even license plates with connections to Middle Earth. And you canāt Michael Michael Kors Bags swing an elf without hitting a site from the films.
Full disclosure: Iād characterize myself as a āRingsā admirer rather than devotee. But getting close to film locations ā and learning more about the wizardry Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Large Tote behind them ā has renewed my wonder for Jacksonās onscreen world. Itās also made me salivate for āThe Hobbit,ā the first film in another planned trilogy.
Youāll likely land in New Zealandās largest city, Auckland. As befits a bustling burg, itās nonchalant about the āRingsā phenomenon. But stow your bags and grab a camera, because mecca on a āLord of the Cheap Michael Kors Ringsā Michael Kors Tote pilgrimage is just two hours south ā rural Matamata, the home of Hobbiton.
In 1998, a location scout decided the Alexander familyās 1,250-acre sheep farm would make the perfect setting for key scenes of a planned production based on Tolkienās fantasy epics. The farm went on to star in Michael Kors Bags Uk all three āRingsā pictures.
While sheep and cows still reside there, permanent replicas of film sets now dot the property. No matter your level of āRingsā knowledge, itās a thrill to see the green door of Bag End ā Bilbo and Frodoās home. This is among 44 āHobbit-holesā re-created with loving attention to detail, down to the tiny ladders and crockery strewn outside each circular door.
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