Scattered among the grassy hills of Hobbiton like a purse full of lost coins, the bright round doors of many dozen Hobbit-holes shine in bright, summery hues, each home to a Hobbit or family of the little people.
As diverse as the rosy-cheeked Hobbits themselves, every smial, as Hobbit-holes are known, reflects the unique personality of its inhabitant and nestles into the hillside amid a sea of lush greenery.
Just where you enter Hobbiton from the south, the road bends and enters a cutting through the grassy hills surrounding the village.
It's known locally as Gandalf's Cutting after the Grey Wizard who often enters from that direction. Just there, on the left is a smial with a blue door adorned with a beautiful leadlight porthole and a small halfmoon window, often dressed with drapes to match.
Observant moviegoers may have seen Everard Proudfoot sweeping its doorstep...
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, Wētā Workshop
Each an individual dwelling, the Hobbit holes lend themselves splendidly to creative placement in your cabinet. With a flat back and shallow depth of only 55mm, they can be placed on mantles, cornices, shelves and in windows.
This gorgeous little environment is an exacting miniature replica of the movie set that can be visited at Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand. It was designed by the same artists and craftspeople who worked on the movie.
26 Gandalf's Cutting 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. This product is hand painted and slight variations will occur.