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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.


Scott said...

Holy cow! Seems a bit overly protective! Did they leave all the sets behind or something? It isn't like they can give the story away can they? I mean we all know how the hobbit ends at this point don't we? :-)

Nancy Lewis said...

Crazy right?! Yes, Hobbiton is the set of the Shire, so it looks just like it did/will in the movies. They even built a new section for the Hobbit. I don't know. Creative types are all a bit wacky :)