Well, I’ve got a good excuse to post more Hobbit house pictures from The Hobbit set, so I’m going to go ahead and do it. They’re just so pretty to look at… I just love all the little details. Anyway, reader Jamie Morgan messaged me with some information after visiting the location in New Zealand. Read ahead for more pictures — and yes, the new sets have real building elements (and not just gross foam).
Here’s Jamie’s report:
Hi! Just catching up on the blog again and saw your post about the hobbit holes on the Alexander farm in Matamata. I’ve been to the site a couple of times, as a tourist, pre-Hobbit-filming. Originally, they were just plywood faces with polystyrene foam details, which were all removed after the Lord of the Rings shoot – back in about 2002 or so. (Both because of contractual obligations, and because the sheep were eating the styrofoam.) However, it is my understanding that the new sets are permanent additions, and are done as much as possible with real materials. The Green Dragon pub, on site, is actually a working pub, and is open for business!
Well, sweet. Now if someone could figure out how much is real, and if any of the beautiful carpentry is legit. Oh yea.
Image credit: All images from http://hobbithouses.tumblr.com/