An Italian pastry chef is hoping to remake The Shire in the real world – and he’s attracting support from people involved in the films, as a series of Cameo videos has given actors like Elijah Wood and Sean Astin the chance to see what he does and comment on it. The man, whose name is Nicolas Gentile, hopes to build a version of The Shire, complete with hobbit burrows and a pub, to bring JRR Tolkien’s world to life in the real world.
You can see her photos on her Instagram profile, called MyHobbitLife. Below you can see a video he edited together, in which he talks about his project and shares videos of The Lord of the Rings movie theater.
“It’s amazing what you do,” said Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in the movies, in a Cameo. “I love all the costumes and all the set photos you took.”
“What an amazing thing you are doing! Astin said in his video. “You do it – the real Shire in Italy. It’s amazing.”
“I’ve always loved fantasy literature and movies, Dungeons and Dragons and video games,” Gentile says in his video, according to a helpful translation by the folks at Business Insider. I was living the adventures of others and not mine. I decided that I too would live my life as a character in movies and books that I loved so much. “
Twenty years ago Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters on December 19, 2001, and earned nearly $ 900 million at the global box office against a budget of $ 93 million. Its reliance on real-world locations and practical New Zealand-built settings means that many of Middle-earth’s most visually memorable places are places fans can visit around the country.