R is for Rohan

This isn’t “technically” about dragons–but dragons figure into both The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, so they are within the Tolkien world.

We visited New Zealand in March 2017 for our anniversary. It was a cruise of both islands starting and ending in Sydney. One of the stops was Canterbury where we did a Lord of the Rings tour.

We chose not to see the Hobbit houses, but instead went out to where they filmed the scenes for Rohan. It was absolutely breathtaking with the mountains rising up out of the plains.

This site was almost not found by the scouting crew–it was just luck that they managed to come over the peaks just as they were getting ready to give up for the day. I’m sure if you are a LOTR fan, you can see exactly where everything was during filming.

And, of course, we got to do the tourist thing and take pictures with swords. It was almost as big as I am! It was a once in a lifetime experience that I am so glad that we had the chance to do.

In case we haven’t already shown what giant nerds we are with other things, and to complete the dragon piece, this is in our guest room.

11 thoughts on “R is for Rohan”

  1. Ever since watching The Lord of the Rings I’ve wanted to visit New Zealand. Perhaps one day, far in the future, I’ll be able to again! Fingers crossed. It sounds like you had an amazing time.

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