**This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to the winner, Harry!**
Maybe it’s because I’m an obsessed tea lover, but since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film came out, I’ve always coveted Bilbo’s tea pot. It is precious to me, and though I searched high and low for a place to purchase it, I was unable to locate a seller. Well, I’m happy to report that search has now ended with the newly arrived Hobbiton Props shop.
While some of their merchandise offered is licensed and can be found elsewhere, other products have been handcrafted by artists and are sold exclusively through their site, such as their Dorwinion Wine Bottle, Numenor Map, Claw of Smaug, and let’s not forget, Bilbo Baggins’ Tea Pot.
“Hobbiton Props is the union of a few artisans to create prop replicas for their own collection. We are LOTR and The Hobbit films lovers,” replied store representative Alejandro, when I asked about their site. “We are all connected to the same thing–our passion for Middle-earth and for creating replicas of the objects we like.”
While Alejandro admits to being a fan, his love for Tolkien’s books and the films runs deep. “The films are a dream come true. To be able to enjoy Tolkien’s books on the big screen, seeing The Shire recreated, the Hobbits habits, the greatness of Minas Tirith… We hope that when all The Hobbit films are done, other projects will emerge, other movies, tv shows….”
That love for Tolkien helped spur on the idea of creating Hobbiton Props as an online shop. “[We wanted] to make it easier for a lot of people to be able to buy replicas we make,” said Alejandro. “Who wouldn’t want to have Bilbo Baggins’ tea service? Now it’s possible, because we don’t want to create objects only for ourselves; we also want to share it with the rest of the world.”
“Every artisan makes the replicas in their house. We are not professionals,” Alejandro admitted. “We do it all for the sake of the love we have for Tolkien’s work. We decided to create the website to provide to all the users the prop replicas we make. We all are users of collecting forums and we met there, helping each other.”
Like what you see? Hobbiton Props will be giving away their Floor Plan of Bag End print away to one lucky fan. Simply leave a comment below telling us what your favorite prop in their collection is. Be creative with your comment; the most entertaining will win! The contest starts today and runs until November 26, 2013, at midnight EST, with the winner being announced November 27, 2013.
Good luck and happy prop browsing!