The unassuming pine plantation that put Tarras town on the map for Lord of the Rings fans was destroyed by alpine thunder-and-lightning storms worthy of a battle between Gandalf and the Balrog.
The recent storms – in August and September – felled 30 large trees, which now blocked the route taken by elf Arwen and her horse Asfaloth as they carried the critically injured Frodo to the Ford of Bruinen.
Arwen and Frodo’s horse chase scene with the Black Riders was made famous in the first of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, The Fellowship of the Rings.
Property owner Chris Goddard said once the block was tidied up, he would replant.
Step one is to remove the trees and debris without setting it on fire, said Goddard. He had contracted his neighbour, Dan Stewart, to help with the mess.
Stewart, a builder, had a 20-tonne digger and forestry block. He and a few employees would pull the felled trees from Goddard’s block for several weeks, he said. Stewart estimated many of the trees were about 50 years old.