Published By: Urbee Sarkar

Five Cool Locations Every ‘Lord of the Rings’ Fan Should Visit

The devoted fans and followers of the Lord of the Rings franchise will greatly enjoy exploring these cool destinations.

The cult following of The Lord of the Rings has resulted in a phenomenon called "Tolkien tourism," which involves fans traveling to far-flung destinations associated with the author of the book J. R. R. Tolkien, and also the films. From a number of filming sites in New Zealand to the momentous locations that roused inspiration for Tolkien’s Middle Earth, there are several real-world locations where movie enthusiasts can become a part of the Lord of the Rings family. Below are some fascinating locations that every Lord of the Rings fan should visit.

Moseley Bog in Birmingham

Moseley Bog in Birmingham is a nature reserve where little Tolkien spent several hours playing. The author resided close to the Moseley Bog, and there, he came up with all kinds of fantastical games that he played in the wooded area with his brother and buddies. Tolkien often expressed his fondness for Moseley Bog and admitted that it inspired the creation of the various ancient woodlands of Middle-earth, like the Old Forest and Fangorn.

Tongariro National Park in New Zealand

The Tongariro National Park is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The captivating rugged landscape depicted the dark realm of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition, Mount Ngauruhoe, an active volcano lying within the park, is portrayed in the films as Mount Doom. You can follow the Tongariro Alpine trail to reach the volcano, and you will feel like Sam and Frodo passing across Mordor and approaching Mount Doom.

Oxford in the United Kingdom

R. R. Tolkien had a successful academic career at the reputed Oxford University as a Professor. While Tolkien was teaching at Oxford, he wrote The Hobbit. Tourists visiting Oxford and its prestigious University can follow Tolkien’s footsteps, exploring all the places where he dwelled to create Middle Earth. You may also opt for a guided tour to explore Tolkien’s Oxford, with sites including the author’s favorite pub, his home, and the Wolvercote Cemetery, where he and his beloved wife now rests

Weta Workshop in New Zealand

Explore the wondrous and outlandish kingdom of the Weta Workshop - an inventive prop and special effects company just outside Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Weta designed and also produced most of the sets, armor, costumes, weapons, and creatures for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Visitors can go on a guided tour of the workshop and witness countless original costumes and props used in films.

The Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand

The Hobbiton Movie Set in Auckland is one the most well-preserved filming locations of the Lord Of The Rings. A guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set brings to life the sounds, smells, and sights of Hobbiton. After the guided tour, you can treat yourself to some cheerful English ale and enjoy a meal at a replica of the Green Dragon inn.


Without further ado, set out on a magical journey of Tolkien’s world.