Ringer Spy Mr. Anderson sends along these exclusive pics of The Hobbit sets being built in Miramar, NZ. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you’ll notice that the architecture seems to resemble that of Moria. I’m sure we can all draw our own conclusions, but could this be a flashforward sequence for Moria? Maybe we are getting a peak into the Lonely Moutain? Or maybe it has nothing to do with Dwarves at all! Share your thoughts and click the ‘continue reading’ below for the full gallery.

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  1. I don’t think this has anything to do with the dwarves. If you remember in the bonus features of FotR Allan Lee and John Howe were discussing how they did not think the dwarvish architecture had curves in it but was rather rigid and angular. All of these columns are curved and spindly. not very dwarvish at all. I would probably be thinking along the lines of something else.

    • guest

      you are the closest, not sure how I stumbled onto this site but to put you all out of your misery I can confirm it is nothing to do with dwarves or hobbits or the hobbit, they are for a completely unrelated production which is also confidential so don’t even ask what. Remember, things are not always as they appear.

  2. Tulkas

    maybe the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor?

  3. It’s unclear if this is all going to form one same set. If it is, and if we stick to the Hobbit as written, the tree would suggest that this will become the halls of Thranduil, the Elven-king in the northeastern part of Mirkwood.
    I don’t imagine the dwarves having many trees inside their caves. The Orcs even less, and the dragon even more less. That leaves Rivendell, but the rest of the decor doesn’t look Rivendellesque enough, to me.

    • Thefonz

      Hi I was visiting Kaitoke Regional Park on 13th February 2011 and saw these set items being assembled. It was on the road within the park which eventually leads up to the original Rivendell set. So it must be something to do with the elves.

  4. Kynan Voyeaud

    It’s certainly the lonely montains!

  5. Timdalf

    My guess is that this is the underground cave of the Wood Elves… The columns do not resemble Moria.

  6. Ivonia_luv

    Perhaps pieces of King Thranduil’s Halls?

  7. Jakemac

    Not Elvish, Beorn’s Hall?

  8. Djhansel60

    Wish I was there. I do murals, any interest? 🙂

  9. N0ogs

    id say its probably the wood elves because: there is wood, which would actually point to Beorn because the wood elves halls were actually underground remember? HOWEVER, Beorn’s hall had pillers of wood, in fact i believe they were just great big trunks, whereas these pillers appear to be stone. i think that there is no way this is moria…. thats just far fetched. and i dont think it looks dwarfish anyhow and there were no trees inside the lonely mountain, so elven king palace it is!

  10. Debbie

    I’d say it is someone’s hall- Beorn’s or Thranduil’s?? Woo hoo 🙂

  11. Brian E Massingale

    i would have to say wood elves (if going strictly going by the hobbit book) because of the curved architecture. If you remember in lotr they said that for the dwarves they would use a square/strait building style. as for the ‘ruin’ style structure, that could be something different entirely, i do know they put different sets close together to save space. However if peter is delving into a back story like everyone says, then who knows?

  12. Someanna

    See the archway on the 7th picture? Definitely elvish feel to it. I believe that it’s Mirkwood, but it just doesn’t show all through the set until it’s being painted.

  13. I can tell you all confidently that this set is not Elvish.

  14. Fhroog

    I think there are parts of two different sets, the one with the doorway and nicely curved columns are from Thranduil´s halls. The one to the left could be from the Lonely Mountain, a bit rougher and more related to what the dwarves would build.

  15. Darthsirius

    I think these are different elements from differnt sets. The Elf halls were based on the Caves of Menegroth and the stone was cut to look like a living forest. This stone work looks more Dwarven and must be the Lonely Mountain as Moria isnt in the hobbit. Also Beorns hall was made of wood

  16. Ethan

    I’d take these down pretty quick as they have nothing to do with ‘The Hobbit’. They’re for a completely different production called ‘Cardinal’, so it’s pretty poor form to be claiming they are something they’re not and, wittingly or not, misleading people.

  17. Threeinonestudios

    Based on the smooth curves of the arches, I’d say there is a better chance that this is the home of the Mirkwood Elves. From the end of ROTK, the Grey Havens, we know that elves do work in stone. It’s possible that it is the Lonely Mountain, but Dwarvish structures have square, rigid shapes, not smooth arching curves.

  18. Tom Orrett

    Looks a bit sinister, perhaps it’s inside Dol Duldur – Sauron’s (‘the necromancer’s) fortress in mirkwood? Gandalf sneaks in there and finds Thrain imprisoned, from whom he gets the map and key. This is a likely scene to be included in the films as it links Sauron and the quest of erebor, and is described in the Appendices and ‘Lost Tales’. Plus, it looks pretty ‘Gothic’, an appropriate pad for the evil one and his nazgul to take temporary residence in!…

  19. Anonymous

    My guess is that this is a Lonely Mountain interior set. The arches resemble those in Alan Lee’s painting of Thorin’s burial (http://fan.theonering.net/middleearthtours/lee4.html).

  20. Malr1

    photo no 9: in the lower right corner of the picture, just behind the door… that looks like the windows one would expect to see in hobbiton. green dragon interior set or something like that?

  21. Dude'

    come on people let them build sets , we can dissect them after we get the special editions of the movies… which of course i will haha

  22. I really hope that Peter Jackson uses as many real locations as possible, seeing the green screen made me cringe and think of the entire King Kong production.

  23. Also their are two stone supports in one of the image that look dwarvish, do you think we will get production diaries?

  24. Nalepath

    Well considering these look like ruins rather than occupied architecture, I would say that we’re looking at the ruins of Dale or some nearby location that was taken over by Smaug

  25. anon amiz

    not for the Hobbit at all – look at the height of the soundstages exterior compared to the height of the soundstage interior – fail

  26. Ron_rex_l

    That could be Moria… But it just as well could be the Lonely Mountain or the Woodland Realm.

  27. Sorry to be the one bringing this to the page. I have been walking past these sets every day as I go to WETA and drop off CVs and business cards, and I, like you, assumed they were for The Hobbit.

    Then, on Thursday, I saw a small, maybe 5-foot-2 person walking onto the sets dressed like a cartoon elf from Zelda. No doubt about it, this person was NOT a Tolkien elf. She looked like Link with even longer ears, like the Night Elves in Warcraft III. Yet she was definitely walking on to the set to perform. Later I saw the same person getting makeup at a tent behind the building.

    Yesterday, I was there and I noticed crew breaking the sets down. I asked him if they were working on The Hobbit, and he said no, this was for a video game, but they were done now. He said that he and the rest of his crew were hoping to get a job on The Hobbit, and as far as he knew, some of it would definitely be being shot in these studios, but a lot more of it would be happening on Stone street, a several minute walk away.

    It is possible he was BS’ing me due to confidentiality, but my own sighting of the non-Tolkien character in costume lent great strength, at least in my mind, to the fact that these are NOT hobbit sets at all, and are most likely some other project WETA was working on which they are trying to wrap up before going into high-production mode for The Hobbit.

    I will attempt to get some confirmation photos that the sets are broken down and, if I get them, I will send them along.

  28. Mrs_McA

    1. The green screen is a permanent fixture; it’s been used for many movies.
    2. This studio is used for video games, movies, TV shows, and even commercials.
    3. The fluted column is a prop that has been used in several films.

    I don’t think your “spy” saw anything related to the Hobbit — just another day of “movie magic” in the Wellington suburbs.

  29. Honestly9999

    Not for the Hobbit. Just stirring you all up…

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