This man built a life-size hobbit hole in his backyard

When you think of your dream home, what pops into your mind? You might imagine a house made entirely out of trampolines, you might spend your days pining over a castle with Disneyland as its backyard, or you might just opt for a traditional family home with picket fences and beautiful rose bushes. It’s your dream, after all! Although most of us tend to buy or rent a property that has already been built, there are others who like to build their homes from scratch. They construct their dream right before their very eyes and create a home or a homely addition that is fit for a king. Yet, have you ever wondered where these people get their inspiration? Well, it seems as though some people get their ideas from the world of fiction. Over the years, solitary enthusiasts and companies have built real-life replicas of fictional homes that have entertained us for so many years. There’s a real life 742 Evergreen Terrace in Nevada. The colorful house from the children’s animation, Up, currently stands in Utah, and a replica of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion takes pride of place on the street in Georgia. Naturally, they’re pretty darn cool. However, it’s safe to say that these houses are no way near as cool as this life-size hobbit hole that one man built in his backyard.

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Over the course of history, children’s authors from around the world have made an impact on our lives. A. A Milne brought us the Winnie the Pooh saga, Roald Dahl gave us giant peaches and chocolate factories, Dr. Seuss has given us all things weird and wonderful, and Lewis Carroll has given us a return ticket to Wonderland. Yet, one of the most famous children’s authors of all time just has to be J.R.R Tolkien. As the author of both the Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit, we have Tolkien to thank for bringing characters such as Bilbo Baggins, Smaug, Gandalf, Frodo, Legolas, Gollum, and more into our lives. He allowed us to be transported into the world of Hobbiton, and embark on quests that would change the course of history. Of course, this fantasy novel would not be complete without a few problems along the way – and these characters constantly encountered evil creatures, trolls, elves, dragons, and a whole load of individuals who wanted to put an end to the Hobbit race. Yes, even though The Hobbit was first released in 1937, the story is still alive and kicking today, and people are more obsessed than ever.


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Like other fictional stories, The Hobbit has introduced us to a new way of living. Instead of living in two-up, two-down houses, these Hobbits lived in their very own Hobbit Holes. Built into the hillside, these holes transform into homely tunnels, complete with an iconic circular green door. Although they lived a basic way of life, the Hobbits were happy in their holes – and that’s exactly what one man wanted to achieve in his own backyard…

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