Who can be a better guide of New Zealand (Middle Earth) than Tolkien’s Gandalf himself? The guy has been traveling around that place for more than 2,000 years, so he probably knows his way around. That was the idea behind photographer Akhil Suhas’s 6-month trip across the country with a Gandalf costume.

Suhas called his 9,000-mile adventure #GandalfTheGuide and documented it using photos. "I wanted a recurring subject in my photos and with so many photographers visiting the country, I figured that I needed to do something to set me apart!" he said. "I was watching the LOTR for the 5th time when I figured New Zealand is famous for 2 things: its landscapes and the LOTR + Hobbit Trilogies. So why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?"

At first, he tried self-portraits: "I tried the camera on a tripod with a timer shot, didn’t work for me," Suhas said. "So, I started asking the people I met along the way if they wanted to put on the outfit." Surprisingly, people agreed, and Suhas created an amazing small-person-big-landscape photo tour of New Zealand.

More info: Instagram (h/t: petapixel)

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CizFran Ainedres 2 years ago

Can you please tell me where this is?

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Brenda Stauber 2 years ago

Beautiful country

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Karnelia 2 years ago

We need locations for these places!

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Kjorn 2 years ago

"where's the f*cking balrog?" -Gandalf

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

Holy, mother! This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

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Elizabeth Newton 2 years ago

I've been there.. awesome spot. It's actually really close to where Hobbiton is (Matamata)

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Amanda Cariker 2 years ago

My fave

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

WOW. New Zealand is the place I one day dream of travelling to. After travelling the world (hopefully I will one day have enough money to do so) there is no where else I would rather spend the rest of my days.

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Kjorn 2 years ago

he missed the boat to grey haven

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

A coastal version of the Shire!

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Dávid Kozák 2 years ago

Isnt this river from Hobbit 2 ?

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

The tree growing out of or floating in the water makes it appear even more magical. This photo makes me think a grand battle just ended, you can see the flames of war still smoldering in the background. Gandalf is standing on the shore, staring out at the bleak land remembering those who did not survive. Also, why is there a fire in the background. It doesn't look like a campfire, either, more like an actual forest fire.

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Michael Worsley 2 years ago

That's a sick photo...

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

Gandalf leading the fellowship to Caradhras.

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Juvie Sanchez 2 years ago

They're all beautiful pictures you did great!

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

The magnificent rays of sunlight streaming from the clouds make me think this is in the very beginning of middle-earth. Another one of my favorites.

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Shakira Derbyshire 2 years ago

90 Mile Beach sand dunes, Far North, NZ

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Charlene Pratt 2 years ago

Narnia! lol. This is the place you see when the kids arrive to Narnia in the Chronicles of Narnia 2!

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David Shannon 2 years ago

Amazing light and shadows.

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Perlaki Gabriella 2 years ago

Misty Mountains :-D Love it!

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David Shannon 2 years ago

The magnitude of the massive mountains is illustrated by the scale of the buildings across the water.

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Grant Horan 2 years ago

Northern tip of New Zealand .... Cape Reinga

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Tom Clark 2 years ago

Might be Deer Park Heights, Queenstown?

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Brenda Stauber 2 years ago

Eerie!!

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Phil Fahey 2 years ago

Wharariki Beach, near Golden Bay, South Island

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Fandoms Rise 2 years ago

Travelling to Caradhras.

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Phil Fahey 2 years ago

Motueka, Golden Bay

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Bren Dyer 2 years ago

The blue pools, Haast road

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Alejandra GT 2 years ago

Waiting for the boat to go with the Elves

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Grant Horan 2 years ago

NOW he's lost ..... nobody goes to Glenorchy on purpose .... LoL

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