Jan 08, 2013
The Hobbit has arrived, and with it, also came a sense of total nostalgia for the Middle-Earth! In case you don't know, New Zealand is the equivalent to the Middle-Earth, the place chosen by Peter Jackson to bring life to Tolkien's works.
For me, The Hobbit movies work like a way to bring back good memories of a long-lost place. I might say that it kills my "saudade" of Middle-Earth.
"Saudade is a unique Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English. Saudade describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return. It's related to the feelings of longing, yearning. A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing.
Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one's children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence." - Wikipedia
How can I miss a place I've never been to? Simply look at these fantastic pictures by these amazing photographers, and you'll know that the Middle-Earth is a place to be missed. And thankfully, New Zealand is here to be visited and give us that good feeling of a beloved place, whether it's Hobbiton or the forests of Fangorn. Don't forget to check each photographer's portfolios simply by clicking each picture. I hope you enjoy these, and if you got your own pictures of New Zealand, just drop a comment! Cheers. ;)