Marion Witte

February 22, 2014

Wellness – Part 2 – A Visit to the Hobbits

Filed under: Wellness — Marion Witte @ 4:48 pm

Marion-Mystical New Zealand

Just so we are on the same page, my trip to New Zealand was not a gift from The Make-A-Wish Foundation.  I had it planned well before I was diagnosed with breast cancer!

New Zealand is a magical place, and the South Island of that country is almost mystical. We journeyed to the world-famous Milford Sound in the Fjordland National Forest, traveling through the small towns of Five Rivers, Mossburn, Manapouri and Te Anau. Every turn in the road delivered an incredible new view. Hundreds of miles of magnificent glacial mountain ranges, millions of acres of posh green open farm ranges, breathtaking glacial fjords, subtropical rain forests, a collection of the largest lakes, rivers and waterfalls in one location, and a year-round temperate climate. And baby seals and dolphins to top it all off.

This country is a national treasure, if only based on its sheer beauty and magnitude. When you add in the royal blue skies and the fluffy white clouds, this is one of the most scenic places I have ever visited on my travels.

And while all of this was amazing, there was a place in the southern part of the North Island that left us with an equally magical feeling.  It is the location where parts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed – yes, there is a real-life Hobbiton in the Shire. The original movie set has been recreated in exquisite detail as a permanent structure for Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans to visit and photograph.

The tour guide is quick to remind everyone that the structures are facades, and that the characters playing the Hobbits were not filmed in the tiny huts, and that they are always uninhabited. With all due respect, I think she is wrong.  I am pretty sure, at dusk, when are the tourists are gone, the real Little Folk come out to do what they do best – frolic and play.

When I returned home from our journey, I immersed myself into 10 hours of Lord of the Rings, and five hours of The Hobbit.  I was hoping I would discover that I was just like Gandalf the Great, but alas, I think I am not.  Perhaps in my next incarnation.

I am really more like Frodo Baggins. One person taking their own heroic journey, not really understanding what it is all about, yet willing to take on the challenge.  The solution is not always obvious, and the outcome is never certain.  Frodo had to deal with the Dark Lord of Mordor. I have to deal with cancer.

I like what J.R.R. Tolkien said – “Hobbits, although small in size, are sturdy of body, determined in their actions, and capable of the grandest of deeds.”  So now, when I go through periods of uncertainty, fear and not knowing, I go back to New Zealand, in my mind, and think about what Frodo would do.

Marion in Hobbiton

Yeah, I’m a hobbit!


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  1. Trek on, you beautiful Hobbit. “Although small in size, sturdy of body, determined in actions, and capable of the grandest of deeds.”

    Most definitely.

    I support you with light and love along your glorious journey.

    Comment by Kaila — February 22, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

  2. I think during your journey, you have been like Gandalf the Great and will be your entire long life.

    Comment by Suzanne Bruant — February 22, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

  3. Oh, Marion.

    I have to say what has been obvious for a long time…writing is one of your gifts and what a gift it is! You have always allowed us to us to share in/learn from your experiences. Life is this earthly adventure and you don’t let anything in it just “be”….you engage totally— that’s what makes it an adventure. New Zealand/The Hobbitt was in your destiny…it gave you Frodo and HIS adventure.

    As Kaila said so beautifully….”I support you, with light and love along your glorious journey.” It all brings tears to my eyes.

    Love you,

    Comment by Bev — February 23, 2014 @ 4:50 am

  4. You are my favorite hobbitt.

    Comment by christie gust — February 23, 2014 @ 8:13 am

  5. Your trip to New Zealand sounds like it was magical and you were very present and grateful for each experience on your trip. It sounds amazing! We could all learn from that because even when we know better, we all often forget to be present. Having the ability to explore and see beyond the obvious and find meaning allows real growth and change in our minds, bodies and souls. I must say that I would rather live as a hobbit and have you as my neighbor anyday. Keep inspiring us!

    Comment by Elizabeth Brooks — February 23, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

  6. Hi Marion,

    I really believe you will use your sleeping energy to fight cancer. This is the space where there is no ego, no self – where all things are possible and clear to understand.

    Love and Light,

    Comment by Michele — February 23, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

  7. I think the tour guide is wrong too. Or maybe she just says this to the visitors in an effort to keep Hobbit secrets.

    I think I sense a book in the works.

    Comment by Grace Peterson — February 25, 2014 @ 10:49 am

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