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Opening Hobbiton in New Zealand

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The spectacular views from the hill of Bolsón Closed. The Green Dragon in the background.

Peter Jackson He came to this world with the only mission of realizing the dreams of the millions of fans of that other world created by J.R.R. Tolkien: Middle Earth. He was also born in one of the few known countries whose landscapes could recreate, almost perfectly, those imagined by the great South African writer. New Zealand It was undoubtedly inhabited by Hobbits, Elves, Men, Dwarves, Wizards and Orcs -not everything can be perfect-, what happens is that neither you, nor I, nor any historian ever left it recorded in the past annals.

It opens today, worldwide, the latest film in the trilogy ofThe Hobbit. The Middle Earth closes with it.

To be honest, it is not my favorite book when it comes to stories related to Middle-earth. I always place the trilogy above The Lord of the rings and the great mythology - like the Middle Earth Bible - which is The Silmarillion. In the latter, if you manage to pass the first -something thick- 50 pages, you will be enchanted by battles and epic feats carried out by Elves and Men long before the history of the Ring.

In June 2011 I was lucky to be able to tour Hobbiton in New Zealand. Everything was ready for the filming of the movie. It was a dream come true.

We arrived to Kill Kill -Less than 2 hours south of Auckland, on the North Island- from Taupo. In the same town we went to the office of Hobbiton Movie Set Tours. It has no loss. The town is dwarf -hobbitonian- and everyone knows where the office is.

Here comes to knock on the door to Mr. Bilbo Baggins. He invited me to a good tea with pastries, but I have no photos

The Green Dragon Inn, across the lake

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