31 October 2011

One Fan's Unexpected Journey

Photo: Ain't It Cool News

Quint from Ain’t It Cool News is living every Tolkien fan’s dream. Not too long ago, he was invited to pay a visit to the set of The Hobbit, and has been given the opportunity to document the filmmaking crew’s adventures over a two-month span. He has plans to turn this adventure into a “new, temporary, regular column” that he has appropriately named “An Unexpected Journey.”

“Calling The Hobbit a prequel doesn’t exactly feel right, though,” he writes. “This isn’t a film cooked up to cash in on an absurdly successful franchise. As most Tolkien readers and human beings over the age of 7 know, The Hobbit burst forth from the pen of JRR Tolkien first. There are many Middle Earth stories, but The Hobbit is the natural choice. It’s high adventure and lets us revisit some of our favorite locations and characters within its own, unique story.”

Quint’s first story took him to Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand, where he visited the Hobbiton set. You can check out his first report – “Concerning Hobbiton” – here

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