“In a hole in a ground 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 to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses. These 15 green-roofed dwellings that take a page right out of Tolkien’s books come in all sizes for all kinds of functions, from hotels in New Zealand to backyard playhouses.
The World’s First Hobbit Motel
(images via: wayfaring.info)For tourists the world over, New Zealand will forever be associated with The Lord of the Rings, since it served as the filming and production location for the film version of the saga. And for some of those lucky travelers who make it out to see the real-world version of Middle Earth, nothing but a hobbit motel will do. Luckily for them, there’s Woodlyn Park, the world’s first hobbit motel, located on the north island.
Modern Hobbit Home in Switzerland
(images via: toxel)From outside, this home is like any other hobbit hole: half-hidden in a grassy hill, sheltered from the elements and blending in seamlessly with its surroundings. But this incredible underground home by SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects is made for modern people with an appreciation for unusual architecture. Aside from its streamlined, minimalist interior, this house also sports a central patio built into the incline which gives it an entire wall of windows, something that many other hill houses don’t have.
Rent-a-Hobbit-Hole: Hebridean Earth House
(images via: webecoist)Another modern take on the timeless hobbit house design is the Hebridean Earth House, a secluded rental cottage on the Scottish isle of South Ulst. It’s barely distinguishable from the rolling hills that are such an iconic part of the Scottish landscape, but with a modern wall of windows in the front, it still gets plenty of natural daylight inside.
Backyard Hobbit Playhouse
(images via: myhobbit-hole)“A hobbit hole in my backyard? It may sound crazy, but I can tell you that my kids are ecstatic about it,” says Joe, the unarguably cool dad that built this amazing hobbit playhouse. The underground house is made from a culvert covered in dirt and sod, with concrete walls on either side. The back wall sports a big window, while the front has a big round door for that traditional Tolkien-app roved hobbit look.
A Little Slice of Hobbiton: Playhouse in Britain
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Not everyone has a big enough backyard to build such a large underground playhouse, but there are ways to accomplish a similar effect even in the tiniest of urban lots. This design by Wild Flower Turf in the UK is backed into a corner to save space but still features the all-important green roof as well as a round door and two little windows.