Here’s another highlight of my trip to New Zealand. Just look how happy I was in this photo.
I’m posing outside Bag End, on the Hobbiton Movie Set near Matamata. The guided tour is a lot of fun, and I will simply send you to their website for all the details: Click here for the link to Hobbitontours.com.
Walking around the Shire got me thinking about mailboxes. Most of the hobbit holes have them, and I can see why. In the novel of The Hobbit, Bilbo “took out his morning letters and began to read”. In The Lord of the Rings, the postal service is nearly overwhelmed by replies to Bilbo’s party invitation. So hobbits need letterboxes.
But my question is: did the movie-makers base the design on local New Zealand boxes? English letterboxes are usually just a rectangle in the front door. The Kiwi/Hobbiton version is free-standing, and often a work of art in itself.
Here is a gallery of New Zealand mailboxes: some belong to hobbits, some to humans. Guess which is which?!