this small tidbit of news comes to me via a reliable source we’re going to call Puff. Puff has managed to score some great little bits of news (under different names) so that’s why I trust his/her/its word. Take it away Puff:
Apparently when they burnt down hobbiton, they didn’t do it for the scouring of the shire, this may not be part of the script.
There was a lot of speculation at the time and the farmer who owned the land wanted to turn the set into a theme park. After a few weeks of buzz on set someone asked Peter Jackson and Woof!! it was burnt down.