Coming home to New Zealand from Fiji, our family holiday ended today with a stop at The Hobbit movie’s filming location.
Middle-earth. Yes, that’s the name the world knows it as, but in fact The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the soon-to-be released The Hobbit, filmed the village scenes from the New Zealand town known as Matamata.
Ironically, I’m not new to this town. I was born in Matamata and lived there until the age of seventeen. Hmm, although I don’t recall seeing any Hobbits back then.
Now though, they’re in abundance. Hobbits are everywhere. You can even book the village location–which is still kept in the eye-catching condition as seen in the movies–for your wedding snaps.
So, after touring Hobbiton’s office, I snapped an image of the plaque outside. It’s a nostalgic-cute saying written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
After taking this image, I dashed across the main street with my ten-year-old, and he eagerly took a photograph of me with Gollum. Not the real Gollum, because sadly, who knows where he is.
It was a wonderful trip, and now that I’m home, it’s time to get back to the business of writing. Which for me is the second book in the Magio-Earth series. The first, titled “Protector” releases on 7th January. I can’t wait for that day. My debut novel. I still have to pinch myself that it’s being published. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and catching a little of my family holiday.
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