Driving around the Riddermark

What business does an Elf, Man, and Dwarf have in the Riddermark?

-Èomer, The Two Towers

One of the coolest sets from The Two Towers was the city of Edoras – home of the Rohirrim. Peter Jackson definitely has the eye when it came to picking out locations for filming. Mt. Sunday is hella remote to get to, but it was so worth it. First check out this clip from Lord of the Rings:

Almost all of that was actually built on this tiny mountain. It takes about two hours to drive there from Christchurch (about half of that is spent on gravel roads). Remember in my earlier post about making sure your camper insurance covers gravel roads? This is why.

I knew it would rather difficult to get to it, but I wanted to try. After leaving Akaroa and on our way to Mt. Cook, we decided to try our luck. Let me tell you – driving through about 50km of gravel roads is not fun….

But when we saw the little tiny mountain in the distance….I was so happy I could have cried!

I mean, look at it! It’s so tiny!!!

As the sign said – the whole hike to and from the camper should take about 1.5 hours. It’s nothing. But it’s Edoras!

I just had to nerd out!

After they finished filming – unlike Hobbiton, they did tear down Edoras. I think it’s unfortunate cause it would be such a cool tourist spot. But the locals wanted to keep the tourist population under control. I understand that. Hobbiton was insane so I am glad that this place is for those who really want to make the trek. To be honest, there isn’t much else to write about so I am just going to let the photographs do the talking. It’s not the same as being there, but hopefully it will give you all a taste!

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