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.


Peter Jackson, who you might remember from those pictures, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, is premiering his newest little indie flick, The Hobbit, in his home town of Wellington, New Zealand. Apparently the response to the premiere of Return of the King was so overwhelming they couldn’t even consider holding The Hobbit‘s premiere, which will occur November of next year, anywhere else.

No one I don’t think in the international industry could quite believe how the country got behind that moment,” Jackson said, “and I think everyone involved is quite honestly keen to let New Zealand have the premiere of the first Hobbit movie.

The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on Decemeber 13th, 2012 with the second part, There and Back Again releasing a year later.

If you happen to be in New Zealand for The Hobbit‘s premiere, or really in New Zealand anytime in the future, you can visit Hobbiton itself and even grab a pint (or half-pint for the wee folk) at The Green Dragon. When announcing the premiere site Jackson added much of the Hobbiton set will remain intact and serve as an attraction. They’ll be keeping the stone bridge as well as 44 separate Hobbit holes plus the tavern, The Green Dragon.

So, whose down for a vacation down under? I hear the weather there is wonderful this time of year.

Sources: Geek Tyrant, Bleeding Cool