Hobbit Houses: Dwellings Right at Home in Tolkien's Middle Earth

While you have to go to the theater to see "The Hobbit," some people experience J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth every day. The books that inspired the new movie and the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy have also inspired home design for years. Among the most recent dwellings is one built for a diehard Tolkien fan in Chester County, Pa.: a 600-square-foot guesthouse with a cartoonishly curved roof and a 54-inch circular cedar door.

Inside are wood arches, a "butterfly window," a stucco fireplace -- and walls of shelves where its owner displays a vast collection of Tolkien memorabilia acquired over 30 years. The whimsical home was built with stones from a collapsed 18th-century wall in the owner's yard.

"This isn't something that you can re-create on a suburban cul-de-sac," Peter Archer, the architect behind the fantastical house, told The Associated Press. "It was made for this specific location, and it wouldn't work anywhere else."

This hobbit's dream joins several similar homes that we've featured before. See more of it and some other variations on this theme below.

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Hobbit Houses: Dwellings Right at Home in Tolkien's Middle Earth

The rest of the Pennsylvania hobbit home in a homeowner's private backyard looks just as cartoonish as the front. You'll see what we mean as you click through the gallery.

Resident Chris Whited built his own hobbit home in Bainbridge Island, Wash., inspired by an oddly-shaped roof he spotted in Oregon. Building the 1,200-square-foot house was "learn-as-you-go," Whited told the Kitsap Sun. See the process of building the home by clicking forward.

If Frodo Baggins inhabited our world instead of Middle Earth, he'd probably run as fast as his hairy feet could carry him to make an offer on this subterranean home. Burrowed into a sandy knoll in Atlantic Beach, Fla., the "Dune House" has the trappings of the dwelling commonly populated by Frodo's kinsmen. Well, at least on its grass-covered exterior.

This Middle Earth dwelling nestles into a knoll in Wales and has all the trappings of a genuine hobbit home. The designer, Simon Dale, south to create an affordable house which blends into its rustic surroundings.


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