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The Hobbit director has paid tribute to a young Wellington writer who tragically lost her battle with cancer last week.

Sir Peter Jackson became friends with 20-year-old Harriet "Hat" Rowland through her blog, which detailed her ongoing struggle with bone cancer. Jackson described Harriet Rowland's writing in My Experience of Walking the Dog as "funny and truthful and wise".

He posted this tribute on his own Facebook page:

This post is in honour of Harriet Rowland of Paremata, Wellington, who was laid to rest yesterday surrounded by her loving family and friends. It was a beautiful service for a very beautiful girl. Harriet was 20 years old and although her life was short, she was grateful for every second of it.
We got to know Harriet through the blog she started in August 2011, which documents the changes in her life after she discovers she has cancer. But don’t be put off by that – her writing is funny and truthful and wise, exactly like the Harriet we got to meet when she visited the set last year.

Jackson also encouraged Hobbit fans to have a look at Harriet's blog. You can see it by clicking here.

The 20-year-old writer was reportedly inspired by one of her favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars, and also published her blog entries in a book, The Book of Hat, with the encouragement of her "Hobbit family".

It's hearing tragic news like this that makes Gandalf's words all the more prevalent. Remember:

...The journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it... White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

May Harriet find that far green country under a swift sunrise.


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