If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, your dreams are about to come true. The Hobbiton sets being built for The Hobbit are going to be permanent, and open to visitors once the movie is done filming. So, according to stuff.co.nz, anyone could join the perpetual celebration at the Party Tree, and then mosey down the lane to The Green Dragon, where Bilbo met Thorin Oakshield to begin his career as a burglar. Afterwards, you could even stroll across Bywater bridge. Hobbiton offered some of the most idyllic scenery and images in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and is sure to become an extremely popular tourist attraction. For more on this and The Hobbit, continue after the jump.
This is the icing on the cake for New Zealanders, who were just assured that The Hobbit would return for filming. Bret Hodge, who runs Matamata Post and Rails and supplied director Peter Jackson with wood for the prior films, is ecstatic. “It’s just so right for us to do it, it’s just so good for the community.” It seems as if most people are excited about the business Lord of the Rings brings to the country, and not angry over union disputes. For more information on The Hobbit’s casting of Bilbo, the Dwarves, and more, click here. For more The Hobbit news, stay tuned. There will be plenty.