The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

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There are times when I wonder if movie director Peter Jackson ever read more than these two books in his entire life: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, both written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jackson’s “Lord” trilogy of films, released from 2001-2003, were a box office bonanza and also dramatically increased tourist travel to New Zealand where the films were shot.

A decade later, he produced another three-part cinematic saga based on The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in 2012, and was followed the next year by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The final chapter will be told in December when The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters. Here’s the trailer.


More Good vs. Evil, more weird looking not-quite-human creatures, more epic battles.

But Jackson’s latest movie may not be as entertaining a take on the Tolkien stories as another short film.

Air New Zealand has been quite happily flying fans of Hobbits and Elves to its slice of the Southern Hemisphere were they can go on organized tours to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit filming locations.

Here’s that airlines’ latest in-flight safety video based on The Hobbit and timed to launch just as hype for Battle of the Five Armies is taking off.


I found this so inspiring, I almost ran out an bought a ticket to fly to New Zealand. But if I timed my trip to arrive just as the latest Hobbit flick was premiering, and then flew back home for Christmas, the airfare alone would set me back over $2,000.

S0 it’s probably best that I keep most of the cash in my pocket, just shelling out enough at the box office to pay for a ticket to see the latest Peter Jackson “Holiday film” when it opens in theaters on December 17th.

(The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, are available from Purchases made through links on this page helps Tales Told From The Road continue to bring you a wide range of travel-related stories.)

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