The Hunt For Gollum is an award-winning unofficial prequel to The Lord of the Rings. It dramatises Aragorn and Gandalf's long search for Gollum. This 40-minute film, made by fans for fans, is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and was painstakingly shot on a small budget as a homage to Peter Jackson's film trilogy and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien. The full movie has been uploaded to YouTube by the creators and can be seen below.
It was a kind of lost paradise ... There was an old mill that really did grind corn with two millers, a great big pond with swans on it, a sandpit, a wonderful dell with flowers, a few old-fashioned village houses and, further away, a stream with another mill. I always knew it would go — and it did.
– Interview with Guardian journalist, John Ezard, 1966. The mill has since been restored.
This theme will be picked up further in The Two Towers when Saruman will learn the price of cutting down the trees and destroying the land…