Middle Earth hostelry opens to the public… and luckily the pints aren"t Hobbit-sized

Now you can drink in the same pub as Bilbo: Middle Earth hostelry opens to the public… and luckily the pints aren't Hobbit-sizedThe Green Dragon pub is found in Hobbiton, near Matamata, New ZealandShire inn was popular watering hole for Frodo, Sam, Merry and PippinUsed in filming for the latest Hobbit film, the iconic pub includes characteristic circular doors made famous in movies

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18:27 GMT, 11 December 2012

For the inhabitants of Middle Earth, it was a popular watering hole, where Frodo Baggins and his friends Sam, Merry and Pippin liked to tipple.

But now the famous shire inn in the village of Hobbiton has expanded its visitors from curious Hobbits and opened up to the public.

Tourists and nearby residents can now enjoy a beverage or two at The Green Dragon pub in Hobbiton, near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand.

The Green Dragon: Hobbit fans can now enjoy a beer in the same place where Frodo Baggins and his friends drank in the hit films

The Green Dragon: Hobbit fans can now enjoy a beer in the same place where Frodo Baggins and his friends drank in the hit films

Picturesque: Built in Hobbiton, near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, it is a haven for fans of Peter Jackson's trilogy

Picturesque: Built in Hobbiton, near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, it is a haven for fans of Peter Jackson's trilogy

The watering hole features the characteristic circular doors made famous in the movies

The watering hole features the characteristic circular doors made famous in the movies

Frodo Baggins regularly visited the inn and shared many a beer with friends in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

The local was used in Peter Jackson's films 10-years-ago but was burned to the ground as part of the third film Return of The
King.

However it was rebuilt for the upcoming film series, starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, along with 44 'Hobbit holes' to recreate the iconic village in the shire.

A sign to the village of Hobbiton which is pulling in visitors from across the globe

A sign to the village of Hobbiton which is pulling in visitors from across the globe

The Green Dragon, pictured, in the village was officially opened on November 29th last month by New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key

The Green Dragon, pictured, in the village was officially opened on November 29th last month by New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key

The pub was impressive because it was built with a functioning fireplace, plumbing and water pipes.

The
inn is the latest addition to the Hobbiton tourist attraction that offers film fanatics the chance to see part of the film set.

Located
in the tourist village of Hobbiton – a town built in 1998 that has been open to the
public since 2002 — the new pub is intended to make the visiting
experiences all the more Hobbit-like.

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'The only brew for the brave and true': Pippin and Merry drinking in the Green Dragon inn

Fans: In The Return of the King film, Meriadoc Brandybuck and PeregrinTook, pictured in the pub, sing 'The Green Dragon' song

Fans: In The Return of the King film, Meriadoc Brandybuck and PeregrinTook, pictured in the pub, sing 'The Green Dragon' song

Hobbiton: Ian McKellen as Gandalf near the Hobbit hole in a scene from the new fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hobbiton: Ian McKellen as Gandalf near the Hobbit hole in a scene from the new fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Unique: The inn offers exclusive drinks on tap including two beers, a cider and ginger beer

Unique: The inn offers exclusive drinks on tap including two beers, a cider and ginger beer

Middle Earth fanatics drinking at the inn where their hobbit heroes shared many a beer

Middle Earth fanatics drinking at the inn where their hobbit heroes shared many a beer

Throughout the movie and the book, the inn is referred to as a 'great' place

Throughout the movie and the book, the inn is referred to as a 'great' place

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Maddie Chambers, a mother-of-two, pictured with her miniature Hobbit hole which took her nearly a year to make

Intricate detail: The dolls house is fully furnished with ornate furniture, plants and even a cabbage patch

Intricate detail: The dolls house is fully furnished with ornate furniture, plants and even a cabbage patch

Ms Chambers starting building the model when she took a childcare course at college and was asked to make a toy

Ms Chambers starting building the model when she took a childcare course at college and was asked to make a toy

'I have always loved Lord of the rings and the idea came from there.

'It took just under a year working on it two hours a night when I wasn't looking after my sons.

'I designed a frame with the essential rooms, made it out of MDF and then covered the whole thing in chicken wire modelled to look like the hill. I then covered it in plaster and paint and scenic grass.'

The miniature house is made out of MDF and then covered in chicken wire modelled to look like the hill

The miniature house is made out of MDF and then covered in chicken wire modelled to look like the hill

The hobbit house now lives in Australia with the Proudfoot Foundation, which supports children's literacy

The hobbit house now lives in Australia with the Proudfoot Foundation, which supports children's literacy

The hole which measures approximately 3ft long by 1.5ft wide and has lights that turn on

The hole which measures approximately 3ft long by 1.5ft wide and has lights that turn on

She added: 'Inside I decorated as you would a normal house except in miniature.

'The support from around the world has been amazing.'

The hobbit house now lives in Australia with the Proudfoot Foundation, which supports children's literacy and is available to hire out to raise funds for the very good cause.