The tremendous outpouring of support from common New Zealanders towards all those affected by the devastating earthquake in Christchurch brings to mind the words of Gandalf concerning Hobbits during the Long Winter:

“They were very hard put to it then: one of the worst pinches they have been in… but that was the time to see their courage, and their pity one for another.”

It’s times like these when we are called to put aside all differences, stand together as one, and let our true qualities shine through. Sir Peter Jackson is no exception. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that Jackson and the rest of the Hobbit production have stepped up to offer any practical assistance they can to their fellow New Zealanders and others affected by the tragedy. In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackson said:

“Everyone involved in the production of The Hobbit is shocked and saddened by the earthquake and it’s devastating aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”

As reported on earlier today, you too can help no matter where you are; simply follow this link. Do keep the affected families in your thoughts and prayers.


  1. Joe Doc

    Great post.

    One edit, if you don’t mind: while Gandalf “said” it, J.R.R. Tolkien actually wrote it — and meant it. Just want to give credit where it’s truly due.

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