If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ve probably already seen this, and if you’re not, you’re probably not interested. However, I’m going to post it anyway because the background scenery in the movies really does a great job of showcasing New Zealand.

Now I am a fan of the movies, and I’ve even read The Hobbit, but I still gaze in wonder at people like my nephew Hamish (with whom I watched the movie) who know the names of every character by sight, even the dwarves. Below are the actors who feature in this episode of Beautiful New Zealand, and the characters they play in the movie.

Richard Armitage – Thorin Oakenshield, Dwarf Mark Hadlow – Dori, Dwarf
Ian McKellan – Gandalf the Grey, Wizard Peter Jackson – Director
Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins, Hobbit Elijah Wood – Frodo Baggins, Hobbit
Jed Brophy – Nori, Dwarf Graham McTavish – Dwalin, Dwarf
William Kircher – Bifur, Dwarf Sylvester McCoy – Radagast the Brown, Wizard
Dean O’Gorman – Fili, Dwarf Peter Hambleton – Gloin, Dwarj
James Nesbitt – Bofur, Dwarf Andy Serkis – Gollum, 2nd Unit Director
Stephen Hunter – Bombur, Dwarf

The locations that feature are Aorangi/Mt Cook, Central Otago, Lake Pukaki, Lake Wakatipu, Matamata, the Nokomai bog, the Passburn track, Pio Pio, Queenstown, Strathclyde, the Sutherland Falls, Te Kuiti, Treble Cone, and Twizel.


I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂