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    Hobbit House



    Okay, so I was going to simply send this story to W. Rabbit by PM, but apparently he gets so much hate mail that he has disabled the PM function, or something...

    Anyway, as the Wabbit is Bullshido's most vociferous Tolkien fan, I thought he'd enjoy this article on another big fan who has built a "hobbit house" to store his massive collection of LOTR memorabilia.

    http://www.npr.org/2012/12/15/167253...le-earth-to-pa

    In rural Chester County, Pa., about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, thick fog swirls around the trunks of knotty trees. This piece of 18th-century farmland could, by all outward appearances, be one of the misty forests of Middle Earth, the setting of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fantasy novels.

    The Hobbit, a prequel book with a new film adaptation, follows the adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who lives in an underground home with round doors and windows.

    Here in Chester County, at the request of lifelong Tolkien fan Vince Donovan, architect Peter Archer has designed just such a structure — a tiny stone cottage of Hobbit proportions.
    "I hadn't even read the book," says Archer. "But ... as we were doing this, [we] went through a lot of the illustrations that Tolkien had prepared, just for inspiration."
    The result is a building of only 600 square feet, set into a hill behind an old stone wall. The roof is shaped in whimsical curves and covered with clay tile. The showpiece is a distinctive, round, hobbit-sized door that pivots on a single, wrought-iron hinge.
    Of course, this little dwelling is not completely up to hobbit code.


    "It's not an underground structure by any stretch of the imagination, but it is built into the grade," Archer says. "We'll do a round door, but other than that, I didn't want to be cartoonish in any way. I wanted to make something that's very handmade, a combination of stone, timber; [to] try to find the craftsmen and let the craftsmen use their skills."
    Archer also made sure to include a man door in his construction, as required by code — man code, that is.
    Crafting 'The Hobbit' In Real Life
    The cottage was made to house owner Donovan's collection of all things hobbit, amassed over 40 years. There are pipes, swords, hundreds of figurines and lots of Tolkien novels, from dime-store paperback editions to gilt-edged box sets. It's cozy, quirky and completely handmade.
    The walls were set by a stonemason who used rocks from the 12-acre site where the cottage stands. The timber arches supporting the roof were steamed and bent into a half-circle, then put into place with wooden pegs.
    And the massive iron hinge that supports the round, 200-pound mahogany door was crafted by Matt Harris, a blacksmith from Maryland.
    "This project was a lot of fun," Harris says. "Normally, you know, I'm contacted to build things like gates and railings for residents that are normal, if you will. This work was a little bit more fanciful, kind of childlike, in keeping with the books and movies."


    According to Archer, the craftsmen went beyond what they were paid to do.
    "Everyone got it," he says. "They were asking questions: 'Well, can we do this? Can we step it up to this level?' A lot of these things they were doing without asking for money to do it. It was amazing how they put their efforts into this project."
    Made For A Hobbit
    Of course, the house can be fanciful because it doesn't have to be practical. The $150,000 cottage has no bathroom, no kitchen, no bedroom and no plumbing. The only thing to do in here is imagine.
    Like Bilbo Baggins, the house is quiet and modest; and so is its owner, who declined to be interviewed for this story.
    But Donovan will soon have some competition for attention. Archer is now working on a similar building for another client, but instead of 600 square feet, it's going to be 5,000 square feet.
    "Someone had seen this and wanted to build a proper house, and it's under construction in Tasmania, the other side of the world, as we speak," Archer says.
    There are other hobbit houses in the world, built more faithfully to Tolkien's description, but few are made for the sole purpose of sitting comfortably and thinking about great adventures, just like a hobbit should.
    So, Wabbit, there's your next abode. And here's a thread where everyone can post pictures of Tolkien inspired architecture, grouse about 3D and 48 fps, and argue about the crass money-grab of making a trilogy out of The Hobbit.

    Here be Dragons! Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman Smells View Post
    I'm not Wabbit, but my opinion still matters

    Not Holey enough
    Yes, yes it does.

    And no, not hole-y enough.
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    Some inside photos...





    Some different outside views...







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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman Smells View Post
    Some beautiful detailing

    One day i will build a Warhammer house, next door to the dojo


    One day
    And that too would be awesome.
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    I have yet to see any footage of Smaug..
    Actually, that's fine. I'd like it to be a surprise when I get out to see this. I didn't even realize it was starting so soon.
    We just sold a Tolkien 'scrapbook' the other day. It was an older hardcover filled with pictures, essays on Tolkien by other English professors and even Middle Earth Recipes. Including a neat little snack called ' Smaug's Gems'.
    I asked the wife to write it down..if she remembered I'll post up the ingredients for you, Wabbit.
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    The door's not green. Amateur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Marley's Ghost View Post
    I have yet to see any footage of Smaug..
    What's been released (online) won't spoil much...







    I don't know if there's more in the theatrical release... I won't get there until next weekend.

    Now, if you want to HEAR Smaug (as voiced by the melodious Benedict Cumberbatch)... Try this on for size:
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    Built to mutant half-breed man-hobbit scale. Impressive work.

    You know the whole point of the Silmarillion's vast world is that eventually humans and hobbits get frisky, and the outcome is Honey Boo Boo, right?


    Personally I'd prefer my own dark tower to a hobbit hole.
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    You won't see Smaug in the movie either.
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