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Magical morning at Hobbiton

March 23, 2015

Hobbit Hole

We set the alarm for 6a.m. and spent a magical morning at Hobbiton. En route I was inspired to write:

Smaug’s breath veils the trees,

trails across the road,

day breaks in a coral sky

as we travel to Middle Earth,

through brown fern glades

and fields of maize,

to turn at Tirau

corrugated town.

Sun spreads an ochre glow

over 44 Hobbit Holes

as we drop into the Shire’s Rest

in time for second breakfast.

Sadly, there was no time for 10 o’clocks or elevenses as the tour took two hours – every second of it enthralling.

It is amazing how much effort and attention to detail went into making the set.

All I can say is if you ever get the chance to visit, make sure you book in advance. The tour before ours was oversubscribed and other members of our group were turned away later in the day as every tour was fully booked.

Hobbiton was not on my original list of things to see and do in the North Island but the exquisite elf costumes at the Te Papa museum in Wellington persuaded us to add it to the agenda.

I’m so glad we went. We will be able to review the films in a different light when we get back home.

If only we could also visit Rivendell!

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