J.R.R. Tolkein fans have been fascinated with Middle Earth since The Hobbit was published in 1937. A few decades later, fans were thrilled to find out that the mythical land from Tolkein’s novels actually existed on earth. Apparently it was in New Zealand this whole time.
Peter Jackson brought The Lord Of The Rings trilogy to life thanks to some special effects, some great acting, and, of course, the natural beauty of New Zealand. The country, which is know unofficially known as “Home Of Middle Earth,” has reconstructed and re-opened some of the locations from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy to celebrate the latest installment in the series, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Instagram writes that more than 250 locations around New Zealand are now open to the public. Fortunately for us, most of those tourists are also Instagram users and have posted several photos from Middle Earth to the photography site.
Instagram photographer Tyler Keift writes: I was lucky enough to have a second chance to visit Hobbiton yesterday, in rural New Zealand. The first time I went was in 2008, after The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but before the filming of the Hobbit. The original set had been destroyed in a storm and all that was left were some hastily built, unpainted plywood hobbit holes. Much imagination was required to fill in the gaps. Since then, they’ve completely rebuilt the set for the new movies and added props and a whole new level of detail. We were lucky enough to have a tour on this gorgeous day. This is the main part of Hobbiton, Bag End is on the top of the hill in the upper left.
You can scroll through more photos from Middle Earth on Instagram.