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Hobbiton Set To Become Permanent Tourist Attraction In New Zealand

Until now, the set of Hobbiton, used in the Lord of the Rings series, has been neglected on a small pasture on the outskirts of Matamata, New Zealand – where only seventeen of the original thirty-seven hobbit holes remain. However, with The Hobbit now in production, the set will be rebuilt as a permanent tourist attraction with forty-four intact hobbit holes, a bridge, and the Green Dragon pub, all to be run by Shire Tours.

In addition, it was announced that New Zealand will release The Hobbit a month before the rest of the world, with the premiere expected to take place late next year in Wellington. Hit the jump to check out a behind the scenes look at the original set.

(Stuff.co.nz. via The Mary Sue)

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