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John Howe is one of the creators of the visual universe of the two trilogies “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. In New Zealand, he reveals the places that inspired him and the decors that were created from his drawings. But to understand the richness of this universe, we must travel to Europe, where Tolkien lived, the author of the novels from which the films are adapted.
In New Zealand, John Howe takes us on an exclusive tour of a film set, which has since been destroyed. In Oxford, in the United Kingdom, Professor Leo Carruthers reveals that the writer Tolkien was also a professor, and an expert on European legends. We must look to these legends for his sources of inspiration, and to the places that gave birth to them. Perhaps they could tell us where the mysterious Hobbits come from.