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"The Hobbit" Set Pieces Spotted On NZ Highway?

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May 31 2011, 5:12am

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"The Hobbit" Set Pieces Spotted On NZ Highway? Can't Post

Our friend Jack down in New Zealand who frequently posts Hobbit-related news on his "Noldor Blog" had a stroke of luck while driving out towards Rivendell/Kaitoke Regional Park. He noticed an open truck carrying along what looked like set pieces for a film, most probably The Hobbit, and he managed to snap more than a few high resolution pictures from a couple of different angles.

Here follows an excerpt from his blog (but don't forget to head over to The Noldor Blog to read Jack's entire account and have a look-see at those high resolution pictures we mentioned above.)
We were driving on State Highway 2, heading towards Upper Hutt, and the Kaitoke Regional Park where the Rivendell set was based for LOTR, when in the distance, I couldn't help but notice an interesting cargo on the back of one of the trucks in front of us.

The pictures appear to show a piece of very nice "stone" masonry, with curved tiles on a fairly large wooden base. Also, underneath some camo plastic, there were what appeared to be pre-fabricated wooden fences of some sort.

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Wraith Buster

May 31 2011, 1:12pm

Post #2 of 12 (621 views)
From what little I can see [In reply to] Can't Post

The fences could be for Bag End(?). At first I thought it could be a Dale set but the more I look at it the more I think it's probably for Moria.
That's cool that he was able to get a picture of it. Knowing me that would be be the ONE day I didn't have my camera on me.Tongue

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Kangi Ska

May 31 2011, 1:31pm

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Why would Moria be in the Hobbit? [In reply to] Can't Post

Other than the outside eastern door.

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May 31 2011, 1:32pm

Post #4 of 12 (591 views)
Someone on Facebook commented that... [In reply to] Can't Post

... those stick-like things in the back could be an eagle's nest. I'd never have thought of that! Cool

Crunchable Birdses

May 31 2011, 2:22pm

Post #5 of 12 (573 views)
all the backstory with Thror and Thrain and Azog etc [In reply to] Can't Post

which is confirmed to be in it.

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Kangi Ska

May 31 2011, 3:32pm

Post #6 of 12 (503 views)
None of the story goes inside Moria.// [In reply to] Can't Post


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The Grey Wanderer

May 31 2011, 4:34pm

Post #7 of 12 (513 views)
The stone work has curves in it, so not dwarvish... [In reply to] Can't Post

all the dwarvish stone work is deliberately straight lines if I recall correctly. The curves are more reminisent of the armor worn by the elves in the prologue to FOTR.

Arwen's daughter

May 31 2011, 4:42pm

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This was my thought as well [In reply to] Can't Post

and it seems to elegant to be part of Dol Guldur. Could this be a part of the Elvenking's halls?

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May 31 2011, 8:24pm

Post #9 of 12 (448 views)
The wall has wheels [In reply to] Can't Post

And one thing I thought was interesting to see was the wheels on the wall, to make it so much easier to move around on set! :) Nice little extra behind-the-scenes tidbit... loved it!


Jun 1 2011, 2:48am

Post #10 of 12 (389 views)
There are other underground locations. [In reply to] Can't Post

No Moria, but there are the caverns in the Lonely Mtn as well as the underground halls of the Mirkwood Elves.

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Jun 1 2011, 3:40am

Post #11 of 12 (371 views)
I thought of Dale too... [In reply to] Can't Post

seeing those Edoras-like "bundles of thatch" floating free from the packed wood Iit would be cool indeed to see traces of Rohirric archictecture in Lake-town) but Im really stumped. Rivendell probably...but the fence?

Maybe the entrance to Thranduil's Halls?
Thenagain, if this is Rivendell, interesting that this is being done right after the video diary went up, leading people to believe Rivendell was going to be all an indoor set...if this is true, nice try keeping it secret, Peter

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Jun 1 2011, 3:48am

Post #12 of 12 (463 views)
My guess would be... [In reply to] Can't Post

...Dale or possibly Esgaroth.

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