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Sir Peter Jackson’s House – the home of the hobbit

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In this picture taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. British actor Martin Freeman and director Peter Jackson from New Zealand poses for photographs in promotion for the film 'The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies' in the Claridges suite in west London.  After a long and eventful journey, "The Hobbit" trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. "It's the first time we've got to kill dwarves," said the director, his enthusiasm for death and destruction at odds with his laid-back manner and luxurious surroundings in a London hotel suite. "It's hard to get any emotional power in a film unless you are able to actually kill some of your main characters,” he said. “We've been hampered with that in the first two 'Hobbit' movies. But at least we have a good dwarf death toll in the third one." "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" wraps up the trilogy spun from J.R.R. Tolkien's slim book about home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins, coaxed away from his burrow to help a band of dwarves retake their mountain home from a destructive dragon.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
In this picture taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. British actor Martin Freeman and director Peter Jackson from New Zealand poses for photographs in promotion for the film 'The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies' in the Claridges suite in west London. After a long and eventful journey, "The Hobbit" trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. "It's the first time we've got to kill dwarves," said the director, his enthusiasm for death and destruction at odds with his laid-back manner and luxurious surroundings in a London hotel suite. "It's hard to get any emotional power in a film unless you are able to actually kill some of your main characters,” he said. “We've been hampered with that in the first two 'Hobbit' movies. But at least we have a good dwarf death toll in the third one." "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" wraps up the trilogy spun from J.R.R. Tolkien's slim book about home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins, coaxed away from his burrow to help a band of dwarves retake their mountain home from a destructive dragon.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

 

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An aerial shot of Peter Jackson’s Wairarapa retreat, taken in 2002, during renovations.

An  Wairarapa retreat house of Sir Peter Jackson during its renovation in 2002.   [Via]

Pull the right book in Sir Peter Jackson’s house and the bookcase will open to Bag End – the home of Middle Earth hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. The Wellington movie director may have finished creating trilogies set in J R R Tolkien’s Middle Earth but he’s turned his home into a fantasy playground complete with underground tunnels, castle ruins and a liveable hobbit hole.

A former gang member who earned the trust of Jackson has shed light on the personal fantasy land which he helped bring to life in the movie director’s backyard. Bino Smith, who now lives in Hamilton, worked with Jackson on Lord of the Rings, then later King Kong.

When they’d finished painting polystyrene castle walls for Middle Earth, Smith said he and some of the LOTR crew headed down to Wairarapa “to do Pete’s house”.

 

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In this picture taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. British actor Martin Freeman and director Peter Jackson from New Zealand poses for photographs in promotion for the film 'The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies' in the Claridges suite in west London.  After a long and eventful journey, "The Hobbit" trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. "It's the first time we've got to kill dwarves," said the director, his enthusiasm for death and destruction at odds with his laid-back manner and luxurious surroundings in a London hotel suite. "It's hard to get any emotional power in a film unless you are able to actually kill some of your main characters,” he said. “We've been hampered with that in the first two 'Hobbit' movies. But at least we have a good dwarf death toll in the third one." "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" wraps up the trilogy spun from J.R.R. Tolkien's slim book about home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins, coaxed away from his burrow to help a band of dwarves retake their mountain home from a destructive dragon.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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