Monday, 21 September 2015

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

"Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." (J.R.R. Tolkien)

I was a bit too excited to visit Hobbiton, so I mentally prepared myself to be disappointed. But despite being overpriced, and only offering group tours, despite some construction work and chilly weather, I loved it! I loved being able to physically visit a world I've been lost in so many times. And I especially loved that it was Hobbiton I got to visit, as Hobbits might just be my favourite fantasy creature out there - lovers of comfort and food, but courageous when they need to be. As a relatively short person I've also always wanted to live in a hobbit hole.


Jeg gledet meg litt for mye til å besøke Hobsyssel, så jeg forberedte meg på å bli skuffet. Men selv om det var alt for dyrt, og det bare var guidede turer, og selv om det var litt byggearbeid og det var en kjølig dag elsket jeg det! Jeg elsket å kunne fysisk besøke en verden jeg har vært fortapt i så mange ganger. Og jeg elsket spesielt at det var Hobsyssel jeg fikk besøke, ettersom hobbiter sannsynligivs er de fantasyvesenene jeg liker aller best - de er hjemmekjære og matglade, men er modige når de trenger det. Og som en relativt kort person har jeg alltid hatt lyst til å bo i en hobbithule.

 This tree, on top of Bag End, is apparently one of the most expensive movie props ever. It is all fake, as they had to have a slightly smaller tree than the one shown in the Lord of the Rings, to appear 60 years younger. All of the leaves are handpainted, and handdrawn onto the tree. It is shown in the movies for a few seconds. One of the many tiny perfectionist (and very expensive) details Peter Jackson insisted on.

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