From New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. comes J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, brought to the big screen in an epic trilogy. Weta Workshop was thrilled to return to Middle-earth once again, contributing design, specialty props and specialty costumes to all three films.
Bright round doors in summery hues dot the lush, grassy hillsides of Hobbiton like wildflowers. Behind each doorway, comfortably appointed burrows wind into earth: each one home to a hobbit, or a family of the Shire's rosy-cheeked little-folk.
Every hobbit-hole is unique, expressing the personality of its inhabitants with color and prettily adorned with gardens, furniture and the rustic debris of everyday life. Near the base of the Hill, where the ways divide, is a dwelling with a blue door the hue of a cloudless summer sky. Ivy drapes a frontage of brick and stone and divides the front garden from a back doorway round the side of the grassy mound.
This gorgeous little environment is anexacting miniature replica of the movie set that can be visited at Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand. The film version was designed and built by the 3Foot6 Art Department on location in Matamata. Originally built for The Lord of the Rings, it was torn down after filming but subsequently rebuilt in permanent materials for The Hobbit films!
19 & 20 Pine Grove is an Open Edition piece. Please note: This miniature environment was designed and prototyped here at the Workshop. Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is painted by hand and slight variations will occur.
Because of the relationship we have with all the production parts of the process, we have access to everything from concept drawings to set plans, which is really handy when making things like the Hobbit Holes.
Leonard Ellis - Sculptor & Model Maker, Weta Workshop