“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.”
I’ve been a fan of Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit for years! Because I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere it was easy to pretend you were in Middle Earth, but it just wasn’t the real thing. Seeing Hobbiton with my own eyes was overwhelming!
Hobbiton is totally unspoilt. Thankfully you can’t see it from the road, which added extra emphasis on that all important Shire reveal as you walk through the rolling hills.
I ran up the pathway exclaiming ‘I’m going on an adventure!’ & hopped over the stepping stool as Bilbo Baggins once did in an Unexpected Journey clutching onto his contract for Thorin.
Everything looked so real, as if Hobbits actually lived there & they had just run away from the Shire only to return when we left.
I of course had to dress accordingly in my Voodoo Vixen Agnes skirt, zaxy shoes & thrifted blouse.
Hobbiton was much bigger than I’d expected it to be. The path winded in between 40 Hobbit holes including the most famous one of all, Bagend.
I almost cried tears of joy when I saw the iconic emerald door topped by the all important large tree.
The tree is artificial. It has over 20,000 hand made silk leaves that have to be replaced by hand every few years!
Its common knowledge that Guillermo Del Toro was going to direct the Hobbit trilogy. So, during this time he commissioned 5 new Hobbit holes to be built for his version of the Shire which you can still see today.
The landscape was breathtaking, you couldn’t wish for a better location for the Shire.
We ended the night in typical Hobbit fashion at the Green Dragon where we drank cider & had a Hobbit feast fit for… well, Hobbits! Everything was delicious, by the end of the night we were contentedly drunk & fit to burst. No Hobbit evening is complete without dressing up, so it was only right that I went right for Frodo’s waistcoat.
We had a lamp lit walk through the Shire & danced on the party field.
Such a perfect day.
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