On the Morning of his one-hundred and eleventh birthday, the eccentric master of Bag End huddles amid a jumble of paper and books in his study, his quill a blur as he scratches at his memoir.
Winner of seventeen Academy Awards, The Lord of the Rings was brought to the big screen by New Line Cinema and directed by Peter Jackson. Weta Workshop was intrinsically involved in the design and physical effects manufacture for all three films.
It takes hundreds of hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new Middle-earth piece. Whether it be a prop replica, beautiful environment or iconic character, we treat our collectibles with the same level of care and attention to detail that we bring to our film work.
Miraculously hale for one of his advanced years, Bilbo Baggins is no ordinary Hobbit. A small person he might be, but his has been a long and storied life, and he pursues the self-appointed duty to record it in every detail with a furious fervour.
Gossip and disapproval swirl among the respectable citizens of Hobbiton where the old bachelor is concerned. "He entertains Dwarves," they mutter under furrowed brows. ""He talks to Elves and consorts with Wizards." Wide-eyed children hang on the tales of Bilbo's adventures, while parents tut-tut and shake their heads, suppressing `unhealthy curiosity' while NOT listening with an attentive ear. "That old Bilbo's not right in the head; too much of a Took," they proclaim a little too loudly. "But there is gold in Bag End," they whisper to one another with furtive glances, "And other secrets, besides."
Bilbo laughs at the provincial mutterings of his neighbours and loves them just the same. They'll never grasp what he has seen, but some among them show promise..It is for Bilbo's young cousin Frodo, and some other Hobbits like him, that he is compelled to write.
Age creeps upon Bilbo, little by little, and that Tookishness in his blood stirs wistful; thoughts of far off mountains and friends long gone. His mind is made up; plans are set. Now all he needs is time to finish what he has begun, if they'd just stop ringing the bell!
"As with most of our creations, we don't really know what they're going to look like until they're finished. With Bilbo Baggins in Bag End, we started by using cardboard mockups to get size and proportions followed by months of making and re-making. It was only when we assembled all the final painted pieces that we knew this was going to exceed all our expectations. That was an exciting moment."
David Tremont - Senior Modelmaker
Please note: This product was designed and prototyped at Weta Workshop. Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is painted by hand and slight variations will occur.