Mystery artist creates Gollum installation in tree at Scarborough beach park

Redcliffe locals and visitors are trying to guess how Gollum from Lord of the Rings came to make his home in a tree.

Redcliffe locals and visitors are trying to guess how Gollum from Lord of the Rings came to make his home in a tree. Source: Supplied

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IT’S the precious attraction that has Redcliffe locals guessing … who put the sneaky creature in one of Scarborough’s old Norfolk pines?

The Herald took a call yesterday from a dad who had stumbled across the tree with his children, who were enthralled to find a door secreted into the base of the tree.

Inside through a small window is a light-up figurine of Lord of the Rings character Gollum.

Gollum hiding in a tree at Scarborough

Gollum hiding in a tree at Scarborough Source: Supplied

While Scarborough might seem like a long way from Middle Earth, businesses along Landsborough Avenue were pleased with the touch of whimsy it had brought to the seaside strip.

Century 21 Scarborough personal assistant Brent Marshall said he had noticed the lights twinkling in the tree one morning and decided to have a closer look.

“I hope council don’t get rid of it,” he said.

“It’s definitely a good tourist attraction … I just saw it and thought it looked really cool.”

Shoes on Scarborough’s Lorraine Harrison said she hadn’t seen the quirky hidey-hole yet, but was keen to shut up shop for five minutes to check it out.

“How beautiful,” she said.

“It’s wonderful, I just love all the series and it’ll be a great tourist attraction.”

Gollum tree at Scarborough

Gollum tree at Scarborough Source: Supplied

Floatin’ Fun business owner Daniel Green, who operates from Scarborough Beach every weekend, said his children had found the tree and thought it was a bit of fun.

“It looks really good,” he said.

“The kids love it.”

While everyone who discovers the hidden literary foe loves it, no-one knows who put it there.

Was it a guerilla marketing move by director Peter Jackson promoting the latest Hobbit movie, or a clever installation piece by a local artist?

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