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A round door does not make a Hobbit Hole

Eruonen
Valinor


Jun 26 2017, 2:30am

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...ry-s-Humpty-Doo.html

"Husband makes wife's wish of a Hobbit-inspired house come true by building her very own Lord of the Rings home"

Other than the door that is about it.


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jun 26 2017, 3:56am

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No one is going to enter that home thinking that they could be inside Bag End or Rivendell.

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squire
Half-elven


Jun 26 2017, 12:13pm

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The power of marketing and the mysteries of click-bait [In reply to] Can't Post

As you and Otaku and anyone can see, the design of the house as a (w)hole has nothing whatever to do with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, either in film or book form (if books can be said to have a design aesthetic).

But the door's only association with Bag End is that it's round. This one rather practically opens near the centerline, with a larger and smaller piece to allow for a central knob; the hobbit's door in both Tolkien's drawing and in the films is one big round door fantastically hinged on one side only.

The house also seems to have several other prominent circular features in its windows and decor, suggesting that the builder saw the door as much a strong geometrical design feature as an accommodation to his wife's film fandom.

Really, the headline says it all: it mentions both films' titles for no obvious reason (the story says The Hobbit was the only inspiration for the wife's request, but after all, TolkienTolkienTolkien), and implies that the entire house is based on the films. Who wouldn't click on what is essentially a glorified real-estate listing, with a headline like that?



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NottaSackville
Tol Eressea

Jun 26 2017, 5:43pm

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Ahhh - now I understand what they mean when they say the movies were inspired by the books // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Nuradar
Rohan


Jun 27 2017, 12:27pm

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Besides the front door, there is nothing "hobbity" about this home, and even the front door isn't that "hobbity" as it splits in two. No self-respecting hobbit home would have a front door like that.

Having said that, however, it is a lovely home.


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Jun 27 2017, 4:04pm

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Frank LLoyd Wright house discovered in Hobbiton [In reply to] Can't Post

Laugh

"Swimming pool shunned by neighbors as 'promoting adventurism in the young.'"

Thanks for posting!



L. Ron Halfelven
Grey Havens


Jun 27 2017, 7:13pm

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Even hobbits hit their heads on the ceiling beam in the entry hall./ [In reply to] Can't Post



wizzardly
Rohan


Jun 27 2017, 7:35pm

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But in truth, there's about as much Tolkien in this house design as there is in PJs Hobbit.

"Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time." -Christopher Tolkien


Otaku-sempai
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Jun 27 2017, 7:58pm

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I wouldn't say that. [In reply to] Can't Post


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But in truth, there's about as much Tolkien in this house design as there is in PJs Hobbit.


Surely, you go too far. Even Peter Jackson and his team did a far better job of evoking the look and feel of Tolkien's Middle-earth than this house does.

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wizzardly
Rohan


Jun 27 2017, 8:33pm

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Too far? I wouldn't say so... [In reply to] Can't Post

This house only vaguely resembles those as described by Tolkien, as PJs Hobbit movies only vaguely resemble the story as told by Tolkien.

"Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time." -Christopher Tolkien


squire
Half-elven


Jun 27 2017, 8:39pm

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No, that's going too far [In reply to] Can't Post

A lot of New Line's The Hobbit (the part that I saw) was quite good as far as production design went. This house goes in a completely different direction, round front door aside.

Not that I wouldn't, as I've said before, mind seeing a film of Tolkien's world that deliberately but thoughtfully explored a different design basis than the default Ye Olde Medievall Phantasye: Modern, Asian, Classical, etc. Needless to say, I'm not holding my breath.



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wizzardly
Rohan


Jun 27 2017, 8:50pm

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I was referring to more than just the visual aspect of the films, however, I will say PJ's Bag-end was quite good. Unfortunately it all goes downhill soon after the first dwarf arrives.

"Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time." -Christopher Tolkien


Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens


Jul 1 2017, 5:20pm

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Well, hats off to him for using local materials and fine craftsmanship... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but Hobbity? Not even close, sorry mate. It lacks the essential snugness and curviness of a desirable Hobbit hole and a tin roof is a real no-no. Some papers do not let the facts get in the way of a good story, as the saying goes!


Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens


Jul 1 2017, 5:20pm

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Forgot to say - if she was so keen, why are they now selling it? [In reply to] Can't Post

 


grammaboodawg
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Jul 4 2017, 10:53am

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Wow... that's impressive [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm afraid it doesn't do it for me as my idea of a hobbit-hole is more rustic, woody, warm and cozy (laced with my mathomy clutter ;) But if you don't have a hill or proper place to build on, this is a wonderful option!



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Kilidoescartwheels
Tol Eressea


Jul 10 2017, 8:58pm

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I'm having a house built [In reply to] Can't Post

but it will be less Hobbity than this one - I couldn't even get a round window put in! Best I can do is put in bookshelves and a garden!Wink

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Eruonen
Valinor


Jul 10 2017, 9:10pm

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You can use some rounded interior elements and decorate accordingly. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


N.E. Brigand
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Jul 23 2017, 5:42pm

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More Tolkien-inspired craftwork. [In reply to] Can't Post

Just saw this cute little wooden sword with runes.

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Eruonen
Valinor


Jul 23 2017, 8:56pm

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I imagine someone out there has designed a truly LOTR inspired home - both [In reply to] Can't Post

exterior and interior...would love to see it.


Lissuin
Tol Eressea


Jul 24 2017, 12:20am

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Building to live like a Hobbit. [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought this idea could use it's own thread, so let's see what people come up with. Smile
http://newboards.theonering.net/...amp;post=931225#last

 
 

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