A Piece of the Shire on Earth: The Hobbit House

A Piece of the Shire on Earth: The Hobbit House

Hobbit house

More than 75 years ago, in 1937, a beautiful children’s novel called “The Hobbit” was published. It became widely acclaimed and won several prizes. It remains, a classic in children’s literature. Years later, a sequel followed: “The Lord of the Rings.” The trilogy once more brought hobbits to the attention of fantasy lovers worldwide. Their fame grew as years passed by. With the arrival of the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy created by New Line Cinema, a new house building design came to light: the hobbit style house.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit;” this is the beginning of “The Hobbit” novel which then starts to describe hobbit holes. Based on these description people all over the world have started building their own hobbit houses. Many such houses can be found in Matamata, New Zeeland, the town where several scenes for “The Lord of the Rings” and more recently, “The Hobbit” were filmed. The hobbit houses that appeared in the movies remained standing as tourist attractions, because they blend so well with the environment. Tourists from all over the world come to Matamata to feel closer to Middle Earth and the Shire.

hobbit village new zeeland

However, hobbit houses can be seen all over the world and not just in Matamata. The Bilbo Baggins house can be seen in Hobbit Village, in Montana, USA. However, it is a bit too small to actually live in it.



Several other houses in Hobbit Village are even more similar to the classic, “Lord of the Rings” versions of the hobbit holes.


Peter Archer made his very own hobbit house. The design was inspired by the novels and the house was made on a diminutive scale.


A few homes from Vancouver resemble the Shire style houses.


And of course several hobbit looking houses are spread all over the United Kingdom. Moreover, some of them can even be found in Germany and Switzerland.


hobbit looking home

hobbit abode in Switzerland

hobbit home in Wales

Would you like to live in such a house?

( Source: freshouse)

Jenns Nusbaum
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