Lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien built this 600-square-foot building to house his rare books and Tolkien-inspired memorabilia.
Architect Peter Archer enters the “Hobbit House.”
The 600-square foot building is a short walk from his main house, on a flat stone path and through an English-style garden.
Hundreds of houses inspired by Tolkien’s books have been built in the U.S. and abroad. But Archer said, “This isn’t something that you can recreate on a suburban cul-de-sac; it was made for this specific location and it wouldn’t work anywhere else.”
Archer worked with a team of craftsmen to create the fantastical abode. They used stones taken from a long-collapsed section of an 18th-century low wall running through the center of the 16-acre property. Built up against a stone retaining wall of the same vintage, the Hobbit house looks like an original feature of the property.
“We weren’t going to do a Hollywood interpretation. We wanted it to be timeless,” Archer said. “It was built in 2004 but looking at it, you could think it was from 1904, or 1604.”
It even has a Tolkien inspired chess board.
Archer, who had little knowledge of Tolkien’s work before designing the Hobbit House, explains:
Upon starting the project I read the book The Hobbit and watched the Lord of the Rings movies, but more importantly, looked at the range of writings by Tolkien, including amazing sketches he had done to illustrate his work. I remember at the start saying that we would be happy to design the structure but we were not going to do a Hollywood interpretation. We wanted it to be timeless. It was built in 2004 but looking at it, you could think it was from 1904 or 1604.
Now all I want to do is get comfy in that little hobbit home and smoke a pipe by the fire…that is until some pesky dwarves come knocking on my door wanting an adventure.