Fellow Geeks: Pack Your Bags, Pints Now Served at "The Hobbit" Green Dragon Pub

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The Green Dragon pub, as seen in "The Hobbit," is now open to real world tourists. Check that, it's now serving tourists both brews and food at Hobbiton, the New Zealand farm where The Shire from the Lord of the Rings movies was filmed.

See Also: -We Ate It: Denny's Nerd-Bait "The Hobbit" Menu -What to Expect from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (TRAILER)

Peter Jackson is not a director that believes in half measures. When he filmed the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy he could have recreated the Shire on a sound stage, dressed it up with a little CGI and called it a day. What he did instead is go to New Zealand, find a remote farm and literally dig hobbit holes and plant crops a full year ahead of filming.

Hobbiton has been open to visitations from the public since 2002, you can even book functions there. But the Green Dragon is their latest addition and part of an ongoing push to given rabid Lord of the Ring fans every opportunity to indulge in reliving the classic books and movies. According to NoosaNews, the opening of the Green Dragon was of sufficient magnitude that the Prime Minister of New Zealand swung by to crack the chain leading to the pub. They're also reporting that the Hobbiton's owners are planning on expanding the set even more, making it possible for people to actually stay in a hobbit hole.

So if you've ever wanted to excitedly exclaim, "It comes in pints!" while surrounded by people with a better than average chance of speaking Sindarin, you might want to start saving up for plane tickets now.

Follow Chow Bella on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.