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The ring was made for Peter Jackson by Jens Hansen, a jeweller in the South Island town of Nelson. His son Halfdan Hansen carries on the family tradition in his modest workshop, making popular editions of the tactile, heavy design in silver and gold plate as well as the 18-carat yellow gold one used in the films.

For the true fanatic, a quality souvenir and a couple of weeks exploring New Zealand’s cinematic landscapes just don’t cut it as a Middle-earth adventure. ‘Some fans take it very seriously,’ Halfdan says. ‘An 18-year-old girl came here and bought our solid gold ring, costing nearly £2,000. Then she went up in a helicopter over Mount Doom, and threw that ring right into the volcano.’

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The article ‘A return to Middle-earth’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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