Merlin’s Travels: Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

27/10/15

Well, I’m editing this post because it seems that I saw Hobbiton as a ‘bare’ landscape, but it was before ‘The Hobbit’ was filmed. Therefore it is all ‘complete’ now and you can have lunch at ‘The Shire’. Follow this link for an example of a tour (a video is included!): http://tourauckland.co.nz/tours/tour/?id=4fd7310d-038c-4541-ba11-76761b378874

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A bit of introduction to this first post of my Travels series. To be honest, I never had the intention to write about my ‘travels’. I always travelled more as a ‘consequence’ of my migrating habits than out of passion or leisure. However, I admit that the ‘tone’ of my blog was becoming sad, negative and a bit angry sometimes, all feelings I try to steer clear of. Therefore, I think that the encouragement I received to start writing a few articles about the places I’ve visited was good and welcome, both to me and my audience too. Given the lack of webspace of my WordPress account, all the pictures will be of a low-quality size. I apologise for this beforehand but I can’t afford to pay for extra webspace at the moment.

Posts won’t be in a chronological order, especially because many of my pictures still are at my mum’s home (therefore articles about France, Venezuela and USA will have to wait…). I’m also sorry if you won’t find this first post interesting at all given that it only becomes interesting if you are a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Stay tuned for more posts and pictures though!

I’ve visited Hobbiton, near Matamata in New Zealand, in 2009. They still had to shoot ‘The Hobbit’ series back then, therefore the site was going to be re-used. This explains the fact that the Hobbit houses are without any decoration, the tourist guide told us it was for reasons of copyright and because the crews were coming back in about 4-5 months. It could be different now, so in case you visited Hobbiton after that year please leave a comment in the appropriate section! I’d love to hear more 🙂

27/10/15 Well, I’m editing this post because it seems that I saw Hobbiton as a ‘bare’ landscape, but it was before ‘The Hobbit’ was filmed. Therefore it is all ‘complete’ now and you can have lunch at ‘The Shire’. Follow this link for an example of a tour: http://tourauckland.co.nz/tours/tour/?id=4fd7310d-038c-4541-ba11-76761b378874

Hobbiton Set sign
Hobbiton Set sign
Me in front of the Hobbits houses
Me in front of the Hobbits houses
Another view of the Hobbits 'holes'
Another view of the Hobbits ‘holes’
View of the tree and the surrounding field from Bilbo Baggins house
View of the tree and the surrounding field from Bilbo Baggins house
An example of how to create an effect of small vs. big through a camera perspective
An example of how to create an effect of small vs. big through a camera perspective
Me sitting on a fence in front of where Bilbo's birthday celebration took place
Me sitting on a fence in front of where Bilbo’s birthday celebration took place

Well, my first entry of the diary done!! See you next week 🙂

Merl x

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3 thoughts on “Merlin’s Travels: Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

  1. Ho gli occhi a cuoricino! Avrò visto Il Signore degli anelli ottomila volta, adoro quell’atmosfera che Tolkien ha saputo descrivere così bene e Jackson realizzare in modo impeccabile. Quel posto ha davvero qualcosa di magico, saranno gli alberi, la natura intorno, la forma sinuosa delle colline con le finestrelle delle case a forma di occhi giganti…

    Aspetto il racconto dei tuoi prossimi viaggi non appena riesci a recuperare le foto, soprattutto quelle del Venezuela! Ho un debole per il sudamerica 🙂
    Un abbraccio e buona giornata!

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