As Boromir (Sean Bean) erroneously mentioned in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.” He was not only proven wrong by Frodo and Sam (In your face, man. In. Your. Face), but also he created an Internet meme that was riffed on this time last year by Google maps. And now others want to prove how wrong he was…by walking into Mordor.
Making The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was an expensive undertaking, what paying actors, building sets, and transporting the crew there and back again. According to Wikipedia, the first film in the future trilogy had a budget of $150 million. That’s a lot of cash. And someone has kept track of where it went.
Ever since 2001, many of us have come to recognize New Zealand as “the place where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was filmed.” Now even more people know it as “the place where I took my vacation.”