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Hobbiton Reborn! 'The Hobbit' Filmmakers Begin Rebuilding Frodo's EcoVillage

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For those that have seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy, witnessing the beauty of the town of Hobbiton was one of the highlights in what quickly becomes a bleak journey. It’s rather fitting that the whole thing ends on a dark, rugged volcanic slope devoid of life — but begins in a place so lush and worthy of Liz Lemon’s quip, “I want to go to there.”

It’s Middle Earth’s best crack at an eco-village.

Anyways, enough dorking out — what I wanted to share with you are new construction photos showing the imaginary land of Hobbiton being rebuilt for the LOTR prequel The Hobbit. Filming on the two-part movie has stalled of late due to director Guillermo del Toro dropping out, but these pics show that producers are still intending to film sometime in the near future.

After filming the Hobbiton set for the original LOTR films, Director Peter Jackson returned the land to its natural state — leaving only a few indications behind of its former fictional glory. Needless to say, the owners of the farm Jackson used for the location immediately turned the spot into a very popular tourist site. And yes, even without the trimmings of a Hollywood production, the place looks stunning.

The Hobbit is expected sometime in the next five years three years — but if you can’t wait to see Hobbiton, check out the tour site here.

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