Jon Stewart may seem like he’s joking but he’s not wrong. Tourism to New Zealand is up 10% in the last year because of The Hobbit (up 19% for visitors from the US). Our country relies on The Hobbit.
Our country relies on Tolkien. We’re Middle-earth, it’s a massive part of our country’s identity. We’ll probably start making up random movies and saying they’re adaptations from Tolkien’s books even though they’re entirely made up and New Zealand has just gone mad from lack of Tourism.
It’s actually quite amazing just how much Tolkien has become a part of our culture. Some kiwis may not like the series, but they’ll support it because it’s something as kiwi as marmite. It’s what put us on the map. People on here think we’re exaggerating just how hobbit crazy our country goes. Trust me we ain’t
Seriously though. Once one of our news shows did the weather in elvish. Our airline has hobbit themed planes and hobbit themed safety videos. We have hobbit themed airports. We have an actual hobbiton. New Zealand is Middle Earth. We are Middle Earth. Everything is just Tolkien pretty much.
The problem is, with the filming of the Hobbit, workers in the film industry had their rights literally sold to Warner Brothers to keep the film in NZ. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/hobbit-actor-union-dispute
New Zealand: the land where laws are made to keep The Hobbit.
Simple and clean hotel in Barcelona for 80 euros a night? Yes.
boobs are ridiculous women should just have wings instead
Amy and a toy kitty.
Imagine, for example, dumping a container full of M-Blocks on an empty lot, then sending a signal for them to self-assemble into a house. Or imagine telling your couch, which is made of M-Blocks, to divide itself into three chairs instead, or transform into a bunk bed to accommodate some surprise house guests.