Alternative Location Suggested for Filming of the Hobbit Movie

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With all the bickering between New Zealand and England as to who gets the rights to film the movie... lets film it right here in the states... in the Whitepine Shire of Montana

The Hobbit 'crisis' is all about money. It's about the producers of this long-troubled production, who are in financial difficulty, wanting to minimize their up-front costs says Marty G of the Standard.

While directors and producers are haggling over whether the movie should be filmed in New Zealand or England... adding tremendous costs to an already over-the-top budget film, a local Montana businessman is offering up his stateside Hobbit abode for consideration in the filming of the new movie, The Hobbit.

"Sure New Zealand is drop dead gorgeous," says owner Steve Michaels whose site can be seen at, "but not all of the filming has to be done over there. Some of the more intricate, close-ups could be filmed in the Whitepine Shire of Montana." A beautiful setting in its own right, continues Michaels. Steve has spent many years building and developing an intricately detailed hobbit village including Bilbo Baggins home, a Troll house including a mine, Frodo Baggins place with Elf and fairy homes galore that even includes the River Shire. Keeping it in the states would help to reduce the cost and travel expense of this projected $500M project.

Michael's states that Hobbit aficionados and local Montanans would certainly appreciate it if some of that money were used to help support our economy in Sanders County, one of the poorest counties in Montana, while helping the film industry get off its duff to make a decision and start putting people to work.

Michaels states that the Hobbit Village is also available for a tourist stay for those non-hobbit movie makers at only $348 per night. Many movies have been made in Montana such as "A River runs through it" staring Robert Redford so If you want the opportunity to film your own movie using this set as your backdrop, the Shire and all of its inhabitants are available. And as Mr. Michaels always states... this could be "Hobbit Forming." Reservations can be made by calling the Shire at (866) 327-7757.


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