More than three weeks after Scoop first published a picture of, allegedly, the home of a Hobbit from the Lord of the Rings, and the day after we published aerial photos of the Waikato set the Dominion News Paper have run two highly dubious – and probably fabricated photos – allegedly of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit town.
http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/9911/415d9a9d3b0cfb2ad0a5.jpeg - photograph of picture from page three of Dominion, 10/11/99 - taken with Sony Mavica
http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/9911/a__mvc-039f.jpg - photograph of picture from page three of Dominion, 10/11/99 - taken with Sony Mavica
On October 19, the day after Scoop first published the first of the two images above several people suggested it was likely to be a fake, computer generated image. See… OneRing.Net - That Photo a Fake?.
Apart from anything else it is completely unlike Scoop’s pictures of the Waikato set which show a far less sanitised and polished set than that shown in the Dominion’s photos. See...http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00075.htm.
Scoop would like to know if the Dominion can authenticate these pictures. According to the photo credit they are sourced to ONF.
Meanwhile, if you want your news three weeks ahead of the daily newspaper… keep reading Scoop...