As one of the stars of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogies, in which he played Gandalf, Sir Ian McKellen is a world renowned actor. However, he has also revealed that he got a bit “light fingered” on the sets of the films in New Zealand, stating that he took a number of props whilst filming.
He has recently listed the number of items he liberated from Middle Earth, including a sword, gold coins, a staff, and even the keys to Bilbo Baggins’ house in Hobbiton!
In a recent interview with Total Film magazine, McKellen said that he keeps the sword in his house, along with Gandalf’s hat. Meanwhile, if you popped next door to the pub, you would be able to see Gandalf’s staff behind the bar.
He even recounted that New Zealand native; and director of both trilogies Sir Peter Jackson, was searching for the keys to the Hobbit home. McKellen said he had to keep very quiet about the fact he had pocketed them, along with some knives and forks.
Hobbiton is located in Matamata, which is just a short distance from Rotorua. This is just one of many New Zealand North Island attractions you may wish to visit during your free time on one of our tours of New Zealand, so why not take a look and book your place with Distant Journeys today?
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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