Stay in Hobbiton: ‘Lord of the Rings’ set goes up on Airbnb
(NEXSTAR) — Have you ever wished you could stay in the Shire? Although you won’t find Frodo or Bilbo Baggins there anymore, from December 13 a few lucky guests will be able to book stays at “Hobbiton” — them filming location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies.
Located in the Waikato region of New Zealand, the area became known as “Hobbiton” after its verdant acres served as an idyllic home to Hobbits, small humanoid creatures at the heart of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien. books. And now it’s on short term rental, Airbnb announced in a press release on Tuesday.
“The one and only HobbitonThe list will go live on December 13 at 9 p.m. GMT. The cost to stay is only $6 per night, but you’ll need some luck to get a reservation. Only three individual two-night reservations (for a maximum of four people) will be accepted, Airbnb says. The stays will take place in 2023 from March 2 to 4, from March 9 to 11 and from March 16 to 18.
Guests must also be at least 18 years old and have verified Airbnb profiles with positive stay histories.
In addition to accommodation, Airbnb says guests will be treated to an evening banquet at the Shire’s most famous local pub and restaurant, The Green Dragon Inn, plus a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Hobbiton set and more. The overnight stays will take place in “a two-bedroom Hobbit-inspired house” decorated by the creative director of the film trilogies.
Good luck trying to book. Visit Airbnb for more details.
Impact of the “rings”
While Tolkien’s works remained popular after his death, the introduction of the first film trilogy – which began with “The Fellowship of the Ring” in 2001 – catapulted Middle-earth and its characters into another stratosphere. All three films were critical hits (“The Return of the King” won the Best Picture Oscar in 2003) and commercial blockbusters (with a box office gross of around $2.9 billion).
Together, the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies have grossed an estimated $5.8 billion worldwide across six films, according to the box office data source. Numbers.
The films, especially the first trilogy, are widely considered among the greatest blockbuster movies — or movies, period — and their impact continues in new iterations. Trade Giant Amazon paid nearly $250 million to Tolkien’s estate for television rights to create his prequel series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which premiered in September.