The Green Dragon Inn from 'The Lord of the Rings' is Now A Real Pub
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out in theaters right now, and it's become one of the biggest talking points of the season not necessarily in regards to Oscars, but to 48 fps (aka HFR) and whether or not this first part of his return to Middle Earth was as enjoyable as his Lord of the Rings trilogy. The debate rages on, and the Tolkien-ization of New Zealand continues as Nerd Bastards (via Slashfilm) points out that Hobbiton, the tourist site that houses the sets where some of LOTR and The Hobbit were filmed, has turned The Green Dragon Inn, one of the Shire's local bars, into an actual functioning pub.
Check out these stunning photos of The Green Dragon pub, posted courtesy of Nerd Bastards:
While the interiors for the movies were actually filmed on sound stages in Wellington, NZ, they've been painstakingly recreated and rebuilt inside the pub, which now serves as part of the official Hobbiton tour. If you take the tour, you will receive one free refreshment, your choice of ale, cider, or non-alcoholic ginger beer. The place is available for private parties and the interior seats 100 people, but if you have a huge gathering, they can even recreate Bilbo's birthday arrangements for you in day or night. How badass would that be? Anyone want to fly to New Zealand for my next birthday party? A functioning Green Dragon is a great addition to Hobbiton, and though it's no Prancing Pony, it's awesome that New Zealand is embracing Jackson's movies and encouraging fans from all over the world to visit the closest place to Middle-Earth.