Alright, guys. We know you’re missing the Middle Earth movie universe as much as we are, but rest assured that directer Peter Jackson is missing it even more. He may have declared that he’s done making Tolkien movies (at least for now), but he wasn’t quite ready to let go of the universe that completely dominated his life for the better part of 15 years. In order to keep the experience with him for years to come, Jackson re-created Bag End itself in his basement.
Yes, you’re allowed to be green with envy.
He commissioned the actual set designer for The Hobbit movies to design it, making it as authentic as possible.
“His eye for detail was such that we had to build it right down to the feather, so everything is exactly the same as the movie — but it’s livable,” set artist Bino Smith told Stuff. Smith and the rest of his team from the movies turned Jackson’s 1930s mansion in Masterton, New Zealand into a Tolkien fan’s dream.
We may not be making the list to visit his home anytime soon, but Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made the cut and had the chance to experience it.
“Bag End is underground. You have to go under tunnels to get to it,” said Smith, describing the renovation. “You got the house, then you go down to the wine cellar and you pull a bottle, and it opens up a door, then you step out and look down this corridor — about 35 meters, we had to create it, then you go down one part, then there’s a skeleton and some bodies, then you come out to a mock torture chamber, then you pull a book in a bookcase and the bookcase opens, and you walk into Bag End.”
Maybe one day the design team will release some blue prints or photos so we can experience Jackson’s nerd-approved basement from the comfort of our homes!
How jealous are you guys? If you could recreate anything in your home, what would it be? Let us know in the comments!