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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2012 3:34 p.m. PST

Incredible good.
If you had the chance, do you live there?






MajorB16 Dec 2012 3:39 p.m. PST
Redroom16 Dec 2012 3:42 p.m. PST

That is too cool. I would live there

MajorB16 Dec 2012 3:46 p.m. PST

The only thing that makes this a "hobbit house" is the round doors and windows. A "real" hobbit house is built into a hill, so that most of it is actually underground.


DMoody16 Dec 2012 3:54 p.m. PST

Friend of mine told me this week that they left the Hobbit Village up this time and that you can now spend the night in Bag's End. Apparently the pricetag is $5,000 USD/night.

14Bore16 Dec 2012 3:56 p.m. PST

I'd live there, my commutes couldn't be any longer, it's in the next county.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2012 4:42 p.m. PST

"In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit…"
He did not live in a fine stone house on top of a hill.

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2012 5:13 p.m. PST

There is reference in LOTR to Hobbit homes that are above ground. IIRC, they are described as being long and low to the ground. (Which this one isn't, granted.) Still,whose to say that some of the 'Big People' in Bree weren't influenced by the housing styles of their Hobbit neighbors?

boy wundyr x16 Dec 2012 5:46 p.m. PST

FWIF, one of the three halfling varieties in AD&D (1st edition, at least) lived in above ground homes. The other two lived in holes (per hobbits) and the other in tree houses of some type.

Ooh Rah16 Dec 2012 9:23 p.m. PST


"All Hobbits had originally lived in holes in the ground, or so they believed, and in such dwellings they still felt most at home; but in the course of time they had been obliged to adopt other forms of abode. Actually in the Shire in Bilbo's days it was, as a rule, only the richest and the poorest Hobbits that maintained the old custom. The poorest went on living in burrows of the most primitive kind, mere holes indeed, with only one window or none; while the well-to-do still constructed more luxurious versions of the simple diggings of old. But suitable sites for these large and ramifying tunnels (or smials as they called them) were not everywhere to be found; and in the flats and in the low-lying districts the Hobbits, as they multiplied, began to build above ground. Indeed, even in the hilly regions and the older villages, such as Hobbiton or Tuckborough, or in the chief township of the Shire, Michel Delving on the White Down, there were now many houses of wood, brick, or stone."

~The Fellowship of the Ring, Concerning Hobbits, p. 14.

Arteis16 Dec 2012 11:08 p.m. PST

What about a whole LotR themed housing development?




Baron Trapdoor16 Dec 2012 11:27 p.m. PST

I am strangely inclined to agree with John the OFM.
The title indeed states "Bilbos house"… Bilbo did indeed live in a hole in the ground. the picture presented in the initial pic is clearly not a hole… nor is it in the ground!

I am not sure if accomodation at Bag End is available (as the prop (despite appearances) really is only a very small hole in the ground and nothing like the full blown replica hidden in Wellington studios) but you can plonk yourself in the Green Dragon now for a pint of the Shires finest, for a price of course as part of the Hobbiton tour.

The Baron

Ooh Rah19 Dec 2012 11:46 a.m. PST

My post was about the notion that a "real" Hobbit house is built into the side of a hill and mostly underground. Not according to Tokien, anyway.

And to answer the OP, no, I wouldn't live in this house. Although beautiful, it's only 600 square feet, according to the linked article. Where would I find room for my game table? wink

Lucius21 Dec 2012 8:33 a.m. PST

Just to add to the geek discussion, Frodo's "new" house in Buckland was not a hole, either.

It was completely above ground.

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