Turns out that the Hobbits all live in Kiwi-land (i.e. New Zealand). This actually makes perfect sense. Why didn’t I think about that before?
Hobbiton has been a thing since 2002; it’s a tourist village in New Zealand that’s been modeled after Middle Earth. It’s also where The Hobbit was filmed, so tourism is expected to increase substantially once the movie is released. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was also filmed not far from there, in the town of Matamata.
Just in time for Hobbiton’s 10th anniversary this coming weekend, they’ve opened up a Hobbit pub called the Green Dragon. The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, cut the ribbon (in this case, cut the chain with bolt cutters) at the opening ceremony.
As part of the tourist attraction, guests can stop by for some boozin’ at the end of their tour on the way out. Because, well, why the hell would they want to deal with the drunks? Just leave ’em off to the side. They’ll be fine.
Jump as far as you can for more pictures of the pub and see for yourself how it would feel to drink in Middle Earth, yourself.