Last stop: Pelennor Fields (Twizel).
The Battle of Pelennor Fields is the crescendo of the Lord of the Rings series – the largest battle in the series where the Orcs attempted to siege Gondor. When all seemed lost, the Rohirrim arrived on horseback and swept through the Orc army. On the cusp of the Orc’s defeat, the Men of the East arrived with their legion of Oliphaunts and joined alliances with the Orc army. In the final hour, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas arrived with the Undead Warriors, and Eowyn defeats the Witch King, with the famous line, “I am no man.” (Or, if you’re a fan of the books, “But no living man am I”).
Technically, Frodo isn’t in this scene, nor in the previous location Edoras. But these scenes were so pivotal to the series that they had to be included in this LOTR itinerary. The battle, as well as the Wargs chase, was filmed in a remote, privately-owned field in Twizel (you can arrange a tour in the town of Twizel).
Twizel is also home to a charming little alpine town surrounded by vivid-blue lakes, lavender fields, and snowy mountains. Stay in Twizel and visit the nearby Lake Pukaki and Mount Aoraki (also known as Mt Cook) as part of Bilbo Baggins’s journey too!
Films: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Where: Twizel, Mackenzie Country, New Zealand
When: Year-round! There are some groups offering LOTR Twizel Tours, however none are currently operating. Keep your eyes peeled!.
How much: However much it costs your for a hire car and accommodation, and if you’re lucky enough to time it right, a tour!
And that concludes your journey as Frodo Baggins.
From here, it’s another journey yet to the eternal peace of the Undying Lands… but that’s a trip for another time.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Bilbo to Frodo, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.