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Hobbit Holes bring Tolkien architecture to your garden – or to your meadow

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The Hobbit is a story that has endured for more than seven decades, with children and adults alike drawn into the fantasy realm created by J.R.R Tolkien. Thanks to Peter Jackson, who previously brought The Lord Of The Rings to the big screen, a whole new generation of fans is likely to be created. Reading the book and watching the movies is one thing, but having your own real-life Hobbit Hole in the back garden is quite another … one that’s now possible thanks to Wooden Wonders.

Wooden Wonders is a small family-run business located in the state of Maine. It designs and produces Hobbit Holes to suit a variety of needs. There are currently five product lines – playhouses, chicken coops, sheds, cottages, and saunas – but all follow the basic design of the houses Hobbits live in, according to Tolkien…

Wooden Wonders will customize the design according to individual tastes, with different colors and/or materials, and extra features and functions available. Each model, no matter what its intended use, features a curved roof and round front door. While most of Wooden Wonders’ Hobbit Holes are built above ground, they have built them underground as in Tolkien’s vision of a race of little people residing under the earth. As with the specific design choice, it’s up to the buyer whether they want to build above or below ground.

While the Hobbit Holes that Wooden Wonders currently sells are fairly small, Melissa Pillsbury, who runs the company alongside her husband Rocy, suggests that scaling up wouldn’t be a problem. In fact, they would “jump at the chance to build a replica Bag End for someone.” Not that a Hobbit Holes home would have to be huge to accommodate a family, with Melissa also noting that the design “lends itself very well to small square foot living” … which fits in to the current trend for tiny living quarters we have seen with increasing regularity…

Prices start at $995 and, yes, you can design and build your own. The only curved portions of the structure are the beams-cum-rafters that rise along the interior from ground-level. These often can be purchased in a range of arc from companies selling pre-fab quonset huts.

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Written by Ed Campbell

December 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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