Hobbit Fan Fellowship journeys to Hobbiton

Emotions ran high and shutters ran hot as an army of fervent Hobbit fans discovered the real Hobbiton Movie Set for the first time today.

Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves – winners and guests of The Hobbit Fan Fellowship – followed in the footsteps of their big-screen heroes, knocking on famous doors, feasting and listening to insider stories from actors and the owners of the farm that became a film set.

Chosen from more than 140,000 entries following a global contest, The Hobbit Fan Fellowship will visit a number of locations that appear in The Hobbit Trilogy and meet behind-the-scenes creative talent involved in the films.

On day two of the Hobbit Fan Fellowship, the fans travelled from Rotorua to Hobbiton Movie Set, near Matamata in New Zealand’s Waikato region, for a private tour of the picturesque shire which is the big-screen home of Bilbo Baggins.

Stars of the day, a happy group of dwarves included Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori), John Callen (Oin), and Stephen Hunter (Bofur).

Day three sees the fans fly south to Queenstown. New Zealand’s adventure capital was also the scene of countless battle scenes from The Hobbit Trilogy. The Fan Fellowship will visit Paradise and the site of the Pillar of Kings, home of the Kawarau Bungy and Zipline.

The journey will end in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and Peter Jackson’s home town, for a private screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Often referred to as ‘Wellywood’, Wellington is the home of Peter’s filmmaking operations and a must-stop for film fans visiting New Zealand.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) - will be released on 11 December. It is the third film in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy.

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. 

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice.  But there are even greater dangers ahead.  Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. 

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

The Hobbit Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.  www.thehobbit.net