A hobbit dream house

A hobbit dream house

I’ve found my dream home: a real hobbit house (but not exactly a hobbit hole since it’s not built into the ground).

Asked to design a fitting repository for a client’s valuable collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and artifacts, architect Peter Archer went to the source—-the fantasy novels that describe the abodes of the diminutive Hobbits.

“I came back my client and said, ‘I’m not going to make this look like Hollywood,’” Archer recalled, choosing to focus instead on a finely-crafted structure embodying a sense of history and tradition.

It’s actually a pretty airy and light structure and despite the architect’s claim that it wasn’t going to look like Hollywood, it is evocative of Peter Jackson’s vision of Bag End, which says to me that both men stayed fairly faithful to Tolkien’s vision.

Of course, Melanie tells me she’s not going to live in some hole in the ground that dark and dingy. I respond that this hobbit house is by no means dark and dingy and we can put in a skylight too, if she wants.

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