Tolkien theme park
- Owning a copy of the One Ring was a sufficiently repellent concept for more
obvious reasons, so it was not until Trudy mentioned that they sell Nenya
too that I realized that I wouldn't want to own that either. Whatever the
beauty and craftsmanship of the work, there seems to me something
inherently tacky in a _reproduction_ of a magical object. Like a fake
Somehow this reminds me of the idea of a Tolkien theme park.
Come to think of it, I've actually been to a Tolkien theme park. And it
was so tacky on every level that I could enjoy it for its consistency of
kitchiness. One can never be sure if such things will still be there when
one goes back, but it was certainly there several years ago. It's called
"Hobbiton U.S.A." and it's a set of dioramas displaying scenes from _The
Hobbit_, set among the redwoods of Northern California, off the Avenue of
the Giants south of Eureka. Recorded narration at each stop outlines the
plot. The final sentence of the last narration is, "And so Bilbo returned
safely to his hobbit hole, just as you will soon return to the parking lot."
Really, I'm not making this up. Some other intrepid traveler put a few
photos up on the web. They're linked to from near the bottom of this page:
- In a message dated 4/26/2002 9:33:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> "And so Bilbo returnedCars as the American version of hobbit holes -- now THERE'S an idea for a
> safely to his hobbit hole, just as you will soon return to the parking
Ah, the absurdity of life . . . thanks for sharing that, David. It made me
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- In a message dated 4/26/02 11:33:25 AM Central Daylight Time,
> I've actually been to a Tolkien theme park.Oh my word, David, whoever turned you on to that!!??
Anyway, thanks. IMO that's a much better Gollum than Peter Jackson's will be!