J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has inspired generations of fantasy creators. But it's also been an inspiration to tons of architects and designers. Here are all the most breathtaking Hobbit-influenced houses from around the world.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." – wrote J.R.R Tolkien in The Hobbit. So here are some real-life hobbit-holes that look suitably comforting.
The Shire Of Montana, Trout Creek, Montana
Built by the Lord Of The Rings fan Steve Michaels and his wife Christine. It's a Hobbit-themed vacation rental, available for $245 a night. In the garden there is Bilbo's and Frodo's House, and a whole elven village!
(via Hobbit House of Montana)
Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse, Dietikon, Switzerland
Gandalf's House in Bellac, France
The house was built in the 15th century on the site of a 10th century chateau. The furniture is mainly antique, and the floorboards, tiles and the staircase are original.
The Dune House by William Morgan, Atlantic Beach, Florida
The two-story building was built into the Atlantic beach sand dunes in 1975. It's for sale, you can buy it for only $1.4 million. What a bargain!
Peter Archer's homage to J.R.R Tolkien, Chester County, Philadelphia
The 600 sq feet (56 sqm) house is used for store Peter Archer's rare books and Tolkien-inspired stuff that he has collected in the last three decades. It was built in 2004, has a giant, 54-inch (137 cm) diameter cedar door and wonderful handcrafted wood furnitures.
Villa Vals, Vals, Switzerland
The Swiss villa was completed in 2009, designed by Bjarne Mastenbroek (SeARCH) and Christian Müller Architects. Decorated with modern design of Dutch designers and companies.
Low impact Hobbit house in West Wales
Simon Dale and his father-in-law are built this house in four months (1000-1500 working hours), from only $4600.
(via Simon Dale)
Malator (or the Teletubby House), over St. Brides Bay, Druidston, United Kingdom
The Welsh earth house was built in 1998 and designed by Future Systems (now Amanda Levete Architects).
Hobbit House, Hawaii
(via Hawaii Lodging)