The famed movie director is known to have created J R R trilogies regarding the world of Middle Earth, but what you may not know is that he has also turned his home into a fantasy playground. You can find a complete set of underground tunnels and an actual real-life size hobbit hole.
In fact, if you happen to pull the right book in his home on the right bookcase, then just maybe you may find the opening to Bag End, the home of Bilbo Baggins. A former movie crew member has shed some light on the secrets in Jackson’s mansion. After painting the castle walls for the movie, they would head over to his home in Wairarapa to continue work in his house.
Bino Smith worked with Jackson on Lord of the Rings and King Kong, as a set finisher he was experienced with painting, carving, and plastering. Once he would finish polyester structures for the movies, he would help Jackson recreate scenes in his own home. It is no secret at all that Jackson fell in love with the Bilbo’s home when filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was documented that he asked New Line Studio if he could keep the set once they were done.
Smith has advised he was one of the people from the crew who helped set up Bag End in an actual hill underground, on Jackson’s farm. And according to him, it is an exact recreation only this version is livable, people can stay and live in it. You even have to go through tunnels to get there, through the house into the wine cellar. When Smith was there working on building Jackson’s vision, they had already completed four lower levels and apparently, there were plans to make ten underground levels in total.
So picture that the real-life playground of the minds of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Peter Jackson all coming together and turning their film sets into a reality.