In my last Real Life LOTRO post, I showed you pictures from my first time ever visiting the wonders of the Shire. While under construction, it was still a glorious and emotional sight. However I’ve got even more construction pictures… this time with more progress! I returned to Matamata in November, which is late spring/early summer in New Zealand. Hobbit holes were definitely starting to shape up this time around and even better – beautiful flowers and gardens fit for any hobbit.
At this point filming was just a few months away. The “Will The Hobbit be filmed somewhere other than New Zealand?!” crisis had been averted by the New Zealand government (lots of discussion amongst kiwis on whether that was a good idea or not). Casting calls for extras were going out in the papers in Wellington around this time as well.
Hobbiton is certainly coming along. I love how green everything looks in this picture!
The hobbit holes are much more detailed than last time. (I thought at this stage they couldn’t get much better… but just you wait for the next article!)
The little garden out the front door of one of the hobbit holes is just starting. It’s adorable!
The hillside is full of little round doors of all colors and neat little chimneys poking up through the grass.
The sheep are basically on set while all this is going on. The farmer’s gotta keep farming!
More construction equipment. The plastic looking sheds on the left are actually makeshift greenhouses for storing all the plants before they bring them in to plant them.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this (smaller) round of pictures. In the next installment of Real Life LOTRO I’ll be posting my pictures from July 2013, after the movies have been filmed and the set fully restored for tourist use.