What is Hobbiton? It's a piece of movie history, lying in the North Island of New Zealand, which also happens to be "The Lord of the Rings" film location. In September 1998, New Zealander director Peter Jackson discovered the Alexander family farm while searching for a site for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He immediately knew it was perfect for building Hobbiton. After six months, the construction of the site began, involving heavy earth moving. The New Zealand Army was the one who provided all the necessary machinery. It took a lot of work to complete the site and to bring it to the director’s high standards.
Thirty-seven hobbit holes were created, trees were brought in the gardens, the oak tree overlooking Bag End was brought from somewhere near Matamata and its leaves were imported from Taiwan and wired piece by piece onto the trees branches. Not to mention the generators, filming equipment, logistics and food for 400 people each day. These are just a part of the major components that were needed in order to create the Hobbiton Movie Set.
Today, after the filming stopped, Hobbiton is part of the Alexander's farm and it's an important tourist destination for all those fans out there.
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