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Over the Christmas and New Year holidays, :iconvenntus: and I went to New Zealand!! It's such a beautiful country! We went for almost a month and already want to go back. *O*

Of course, with The Hobbit which came out just as we were there, we had to dress for the occasion! We went to Hobbiton, the movie set of The Shire in both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, cosplayed as Merry and Pippin. A lot of people asked if we were headed home when they saw us dressed as hobbits heading to Hobbiton. XD

This was probably the fastest shoot we have ever done. Since we were actually taking the photos as we were on a tour, we only had a few seconds to set up each of our shots, but our guide was very enthusiastic, accommodating, and very amused. XD We were also really lucky that it wasn't raining or extra cloudy that day. And yup, cosplays made by us~ :)

And we want to share some of our behind the scenes photos of our adventures at Hobbiton, Rivendell and Isengard!

LOTR - Hobbits at The Shire by da-rk LOTR - Adventure Time! by da-rk   LOTR - Best Friends by da-rk

Hobbiton

Arrived at Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand!


Love the beautiful rolling hills in New Zealand. It looks like hobbits could pop out of the hills at any time
Oh and yes, we have the hairy feet of the hobbits and walked around barefoot. :)


There were lots of super cute houses. I would totally live in one


The Shire really looks just like in the movies *o*
[Do you like my floating basket? 8D]


It was actually quite a hot day though. Sunburninguuuuuuuu


At Bag End - where Bilbo and Frodo live! :D


More Bag End! [Sam does a really good job gardening. XD]


View from the top!


Trekking through the hobbit hillssssss


And seeing more cute hobbit houses


At the end, we headed for the Green Dragon Inn, which was recently renovated to be a real working pub! :D


On the way!


So of course we stopped for a drink. Mmmmmm ginger beer <3


And relaxed by the fiyah in the hot summer heat ;;;;;


Playing around a little longer~
LOTR - Merry at the Shire by da-rk   Pippin at the Shire by da-rk

They even have Hobbiton buses


Last look at Hobbiton before we left. It's so beautiful! ;o;


The Hobbiton film set is on a sheep farm so there were lots of fluffy visitors :3


Lord of the Rings Tour

On our journey across the country, we also did the Lord of the Rings tour in Wellington, NZ and visited the filming locations of Rivendell, Isengard and a few others - while waltzing around as hobbits, of course. :)


At Rivendell, there were some decorative posts and maps marking the location. Rivendell wasn't as gorgeous as the location in the movie, but the filming site was very pretty in its own right


Supposedly, this post marks the relative heights of the characters. Although if this were accurate, Gandalf would be a lot shorter than I expected. o.o;


Big big trees at Isengard!


We also happened to find wild mushrooms at Isengard! A hobbit's favorite!
LOTR - Mushrooms! by da-rk

We also saw a giant poster of Bilbo on the side of a building in Wellington. XD


We had a wonderful time in New Zealand, and definitely will have to make another trip sometime! :heart:


As for the next convention, we will be at Gallifrey One, the largest Doctor Who convention in North America, from February 15-17th in LA! :D

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da-rk
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Hi, my name is Dark.

I'm a cosplayer, prop-builder, seamstress, photographer and experimenter. I've been cosplaying and attending conventions since 2003, and I'm part of Deep Dive Cosplay with venntus.

Thanks for visiting!
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Stevie12312312 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, Dark,

You seem very familiar... Did you perhaps attend the south Florida "Palm Con"?
I saw your Hetalia cosplay and it reminded me of the lovely Iggy and Alfred I met at the con!
If you wondering (and also are the person I'm thinking of), "Who the hay is this crazy woman?" then this might jog your memory....

"Alfred!! Iggy!! My cousin would like to take a picture with you!"

hehe, bye
    
    -Skye
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venntus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
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da-rk Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
ahhhhhh so creepy

what is that one in the center? o.o
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venntus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
tin of spam
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da-rk Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
lol
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venntus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
comments
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da-rk Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
:P
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venntus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
P:
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iKanji Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a bit late, but thanks for joining :iconcosplayaddiction:! :iconninjaglompplz:
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venntus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
i'm a hobbit!
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