A visit to Hobbiton
After we had a cider in the local pub and a good nights sleep in a nice lodge the next planned stop was Hobbiton.
Or at least the place where the Hobbiton scenes of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit where filmed.
The first contract stated that the film crews had to revert everything back to how it was before. As they came back for the Hobbit the owners of the land had wised up and the new contract stated that the buildings had to be good for 50 years and a tourist attraction could be built.
So now they push groups through there almost every half hour and you can see the props. The only prop that has anything inside is the green dragon. The rest is actually empty they say.
To get a hint about the amount of detail that went into the building process: The tree on top of Bilbos dwelling took two tries and two years to construct. Every leave was made by hand.
The upkeep is quite intensive too. As a result you wouldn’t have guessed that the film was done a few years ago.