On August 27, a group of nine Italian fans of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, disguised as characters from Tolkien’s work, left the province of Chieti (Italy) on an excursion to Mount Vesuvius.
The reenactors set out to replicate the feat of the Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of the film trilogy, and destroy a replica of the Ring of Power, while actively posting news of their excursion on the account of Instagram.
The journey was led by Nicolás Gentile, 37 years old. To make the trip, the Italian selected eight more people, to embody the characters of the play.
The fans covered most of the route on foot, having to walk between 25 and 30 kilometers a day. On September 2, the travelers arrived at the destination and threw the ring at the mouth of the volcano, following Gentile’s speech as Sam, one of the protagonists of the saga.
“None of us nine will return home unchanged and we hope we have passed on at least a bit of the magic we have experienced. Because magic exists”, wrote the organizer in the social network.
Nicolas Gentile commented he plans to build “a large hobbit house of about 400 square meters.” However, the fan explained that he does not want to “turn it into an amusement park, like in New Zealand, where it is impossible to live”, but plans to “offer everyone the opportunity to experience an alternative way of life”. The project requires a lot of resources, so the man decided to go on the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring to draw attention to his plan.
Another idea of the Italian is to organize a party for the birthday of Bilbo Baggins (Bilbo Baggins, in English), the fictional character who stars in ‘The Hobbit’, and who also appears in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The celebration will take place on September 18. According to Gentile, it will be “the unique event where you can live like a ‘hobbit'”, where each attendee must wear the respective costume.