ByAmara Freeman, writer at
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Amara Freeman

It was a dark and billowy December night. My dad had just arrived from Raleigh, and we were early for the first Vermont screening of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. After a filling dinner of catching up with each other, we headed to the the theater. I was pumped to see this, because I was raised on LotR trilogy (along with Disney VCR tapes, 'The Matrix', and various musicals). The graphics were beautiful, and I was amazed with the excellent performance by Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, etc. I was overall thrilled to see The Shire and Mordor come to life again.

There are so many fictional universes out there, in the world of make-believe. I have often thought to myself, "Hmm. I could go there". It doesn't matter whether or not it is dangerous, when I read a book or watch a movie, I always try to think of what would happen if I were in that situation. It quickly turns into a heated debate, analysis, or just incoherent, irrational screaming-matches. I always do this with my parents, friends, or siblings. Now on to the point of this post...

If I were to visit any fictional place, it would be The Shire. The hobbits are always having fun (even if they don't like adventures), and it has a very positive atmosphere. It certainly seems like a perfect place to live. But for those who NEED chaos in their lives, it seems like the best place to start an adventure. It has been proven for many hobbits lifetimes, that The Shire is a perfect starting point. You have the choice to live there forever, in your perfect bliss bubble, or enjoy some time there, and take off on an adventure. It's the best place to think about, and long for. If I were tired of staying with the wise elves of Rivendell or, changed my mind of heading to Isengard, I could just call upon the eagles and have them carry me home to Gandalf and Sam. Those homes too, are quite amazing. Just consider the amount of time, and structural designing it must have taken for these hobbit holes to look as awesome as they are. The only thing that I would change about Bilbos and Frodos home, if I were to live there, is to just make it taller.

One does not simply walk into Mordor.
One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Anyways, that is why I would want to visit The Shire (or Hobbiton). I love the awesome attitude, the blissful and always happy hobbits, and that it's the worlds best checkpoint. The hobbit holes are quite amazing, as well. There are many other places I would like to visit, but my first choice is currently the home of most hobbits. Where would you go?


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