If you’re stuck in the real world and love traveling to fantasy worlds, this is for you.
Airbnb now offers an escape from reality in the Shire. Or at least an escape to the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand which was used for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
The venue used this PR stunt to capitalize on fan nostalgia for the favorite movie. This offer includes 3 stays of 2 nights in Hobbiton for up to 4 people. Also, the Hobbit-sized room charges $10 NZ (about $6) per night.
Hobbiton was originally 1,250 acres of sheep. But then Peter Jackson gave it a cinematic touch. Within nine months, Jackson’s team built the Shire from J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination. They did it with an extra hand from the New Zealand Army.
And it contained 39 temporary Hobbit holes.
After demolishing the rest, only 17 bare plywood façades remained. However, Jackson returned to film The Hobbit trilogy in 2009. They then left behind his 44 Hobbit holes permanently rebuilt.
Airbnb Presents Hobbiton
And in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the area allows visitors to go into the holes for the first time in history.
“Overnight accommodation will be provided in The Millhouse, a two-bedroom Hobbit-inspired home with a writing nook fit for Bilbo Baggins, and homey décor curated by the trilogies’ creative director Brian Massey,” Airbnb elaborated in a statement.
Save the date.
Book starts at 10 am NZDT (4 pm ET) on December 14. This is for the three two-night stays on March 2 – 4, 9 – 11, and 16 – 18.
The Lord of the Rings
The title points to the tale’s major antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron. So, the Dark Lord Sauron made the One Ring to surpass the other Rings of Power handed to Men, Dwarves, and Elves. It is part of his scheme to rule over Middle-earth.
They published The Lord of the Rings in a span of a year from July 29, 1954, to October 20, 1955, in three Volumes. It includes The Return of the King, The Two Towers, and The Fellowship of the Ring.
Additionally, writer Tolkien divided the masterpiece into six books – two a volume.
The trilogy became so popular that it birthed many reprinted versions and translations into around 38 languages. Furthermore, it inspired several works of art such as paintings, music, films, television, video games, and board games.
Also known as There and Back Again, The Hobbit is a children’s fantasy book. Tolkien published it in 1937 with critical success. Additionally, it received a nomination for the Carnegie Medal and bagged a prize for best juvenile fiction from the New York Herald Tribune.
To this day, the novel remains as famous as it was.
In 2012, Peter Jackson produced a film based on a fantasy novel. Later, it birthed a trilogy that people will forever love. It includes The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and An Unexpected Journey (2012).
The film series stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, and many more high-profile actors.