Skip to comments.Sacred Mountains off limits to ‘Hobbit’ Production
Posted on 02/13/2011 9:09:01 PM PST by Immerito
The stark cone of Mt Ngauruhoe played a leading role in Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings trilogy, featuring as a smouldering Mt Doom.
Now, only five weeks out from the scheduled start of filming for The Hobbit prequel, local Maori are set to put their foot down and refuse permission for the Oscar-winning director to use the central North Island mountains again. The iwi considered them sacred.
In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins and his entourage journey through the Misty Mountains on their way to confront the dragon Smaug at the Lonely Mountain.
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The trouble with Hobbits...
Scared mountains, my a$$. The Maori are looking for a payday.
Very likely. Time will tell if they get one.
Ha! I never saw that one. Thanks for sharing it. :-)
Just do it in Digital. ;o)
The Lonely Mountain isn’t supposed to be a volcano. It has trees and other growth all over it. So, realistically, they shouldn’t be using a mountain that’s “stark” anyway.
Sacred Mountain gods upset if White Devil use magic picture box within their sight; bad bukarah mojo akuaku curse, enforced by tribal lawyers, will eat White Devils alive...unless small (say, $1,000,000) sacrifice made to tribal Sacred Mountain gods shrine.
I’m sure a few $$ could make the mountain much less sacred to them.
Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is on the right. I thought he was a good modern day Dr. Watson on PBS. He's also the right size to play a hobbit.
The horse is long gone, but I’d like to shut the barn door and say, again, that a decent big-movie version of The Hobbit should have been done first, with LOTR done as a six-movie series of sequels (one movie per “book”, as each volume of the Trilogy is divided into two books). The live action stuff could have been shot all at the same time, with most of the toil going to the post-production. That approach would have given us Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, better treatment of the Ents, no dwarf-tossing nonsense (have I mentioned that I think the second movie sucked?), brought out Ghan-Burri-Ghan, the Brown Lands...
What's left now is what other countries term mixed race people and that's the term I now use for them. The word Maori shouldn't actually be used because it sums up both an attitude and a political aspiration of those who contribute to just over 50% of NZL's prison population and quite a significant government obligation to welfare payments for, effectively, around 15% of NZL's population.
A small number of these people are very active in proclaiming their loss of land. The Waitangi Tribunal, which has paid fat salaries to all who are on that gravy train, has settled a number of claims over the last thirty or so years. In my opinion, any such land claim shouldn't have been heard until the inter-tribal genocides were accounted for. That would have tested who were Maori and who weren't. New Zealand was first settled by Moriori people but reverse racism policies continued by successive governments have made that fact almost illegal in discussion.
Whew! You had me worried for a moment before I saw “on the right”—the guy on the left could play Elrond. Bilbo and any hobbit needs broad, Celtic facial features. I see the dimpled chin is back. Did anyone notice that all men and hobbits in TLOTR had cleft chins? Aragorn, Eowyn, etc? None of the elves had dimples.