29 Dec '14, 3pm
Project of the Week: Hobbiton Movie Set by Wingnut Films Productions Limited in Matamata, New Zealand | #greenroofs
The set was permanently rebuilt in 2011 for the feature films "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." The latest version is a magical rendition of an idyllic 17th century English country vision and the Hobbiton Movie Set is now a permanent passive attraction complete with rolling greenroofed hobbit holes, gardens, double arched bridge, thatched stone Mill and The Green Dragon Inn with its own distinctive thatched rolling roofs offering traditional Hobbit fare and exclusively crafted Southfarthing refreshments. In total there are now 44 unique smials, or earth-sheltered Hobbit homes, constructed of stone, concrete and brick, covered with native grasses and clovers and surrounded by gardens and orchards farmed for fresh produce. Construction required 70 set builders. The attention to cons...