“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Since then I have read the books and seen the movies many times, and they really are the kind of books that I can read so many times without ever getting tired of them. There are many stories that enchant and entertain - but there are few stories that both enchant and enlighten at the same time, awakening people to an essential truth.
The fantasy realm of Middle-earth from the books by J.R.R. Tolkien has been brought to life in the movies produced and directed by Peter Jackson. Surrounded by rolling green hills, the Hobbiton movie set is on the Alexander sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato region on the North Island of New Zealand. Stepping foot inside the village of Hobbiton is like entering a real village with 44 hobbit holes, each one unique designed. Now it is autumn and the Hobbiton vegetable gardens have a bountiful harvest of pumpkins. The village overlooks a small lake and guests can enjoy a cider or ale at the Green Dragon Inn.
I am so happy that I finally got to visit the movie set here in New Zealand! It truly was a magical experience and much better than I thought it would be. It felt surreal walking past all the wee hobbit holes and vege gardens, a place I have only visited in my imagination before.
I read the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit for the first time when I was around 15 and they helped me to cope with a very dark period of my life. Reading about Middle-earth took me on a journey to another realm that mirrors our own world in so many ways. A tale of light and darkness, power and greed, and the omnipotent power of love, kindness and friendship – the Lord of the Rings trilogy gave me hope and helped me to keep fighting during a time when I didn’t want to live in this world anymore.
Since then I have read the books and seen the movies many times, and they are the kind of stories that I enjoy reading no matter how many times I have read them before. There are many stories that enchant and entertain, but there are few stories that both enchant and enlighten at the same time. The stories of Middle-earth are the kind of stories that can enchant readers onto a magical journey while at the same time bringing the magic down to earth and reminding readers of an essential truth.
Thank you Tolkien for your stories that still live on to this day and will certainly be loved by readers all over the world for many years to come!
"'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo.
'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'"
- Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
nother place - a fantasy realm that mirrors our own world in so many ways. A tale of light and darkness, power and greed, and the incredible power of love, kindness and friendship - the stories of Middle-earth gave me hope and helped me to keep fighting during a time when I didn't want to live in this world any longer.