Fulham Palace Gardens was transformed this weekend, to replicate ‘The Shire’ as London celebrated the 75th anniversary of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the birthday of J.R.R Tolkein’s well-known character Bilbo Baggins.
Actor Andy Serkis who plays Gollum in the upcoming film ‘The Hobbit’ entertained over 150 lucky guests, mainly children and competition winners, by reading an extract from the book in character. TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Tess Daly also attended the event organised by publishers HarperCollins.
Guests were also treated to a traditional Hobbit’s ‘second breakfast’. Families enjoyed a full English breakfast and were served child friendly ginger punch, fruit platters, tea and generous helpings of cake and other yummy treats.
The money-can’t-buy experience was organised by publishers HarperCollins to encourage young readers to embrace the works of J.R.R Tolkien by creating interactive and inspiring activities to showcase the richness of the written word.
Serkis spoke fondly of his character:
‘Gollum has been an amazing character to play. What’s been strange is that after the Lord of the Rings he was kind of absorbed into the public consciousness in quite a big way and part of the difficulty of doing the Hobbit 12 years later was kind of reclaiming him because I have heard that many impersonations and people ask me to do that many telephone messages for them…so the first days of doing the character again I really had to…it all sounded right it’s just really connecting with him again,’ he said.
– Rachael Grace Kay (Senior Editor)