Saturday, February 4, 2012
My friends Alexa & Dan were in Hamilton over the weekend. We all went out to see Hobbiton, the location where they filmed the Shire scenes in Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit.
It was really cool, but unfortunately, I can't post any photos or tell you what it was like. They made us sign a confidentiality agreement to keep everything hush-hush until the latest movie is released at the end of this year.
They're so serious about keeping things top secret that the New Zealand government enforced a no-fly zone over the Shire while the film crews were there. The New Zealand government! If pilots were caught "accidentally" flying over Hobbiton, they got their pilot's license revoked with no possibility of re-issue. Peter Jackson's got some clout!
So if you want to see what the Shire looks like, you'll have to watch the movie, I'm afraid. Or you could have a look at Hobbiton. I highly recommend it.