After Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy captured the imaginations of pretty much everyone on the planet fifteen years ago (yes, it has been that long), fans have been fantasizing about going to visit the Shire and living the Hobbit life, at least for a little while. Actually, they’ve been wanting to do that ever since J.R.R. Tolkien published the books back in the ’50s, but the movies just dialed the whole Middle-earth fever up to 11. For most people, “visiting Middle-earth” meant taking a trip to New Zealand, where Jackson’s trilogy was filmed.
But now, if you are looking for an extended stay in Hobbiton, you might not have to go overseas to do it anymore. That’s because a woman named Kristie Wolfe in Washington state has built a replica of Bilbo Baggins’ home, which she built into the side of a mountain in the Columbia River Gorge mountainside. And she’s listed the house on Airbnb, so if you’re wanting a Tolkienesque chance to get away from it all, you can do so now without breaking the bank. The video above from YouTube user Kirsten Dirksen (via BoingBoing) shows the whole journey that Wolfe went through to build the house, which, as you can imagine, was not an easy process.
Here’s the official description from the Airbnb listing:
Welcome to the Tiny House in the Shire, a hobbit inspired dwelling nestled right into the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge mountainside. Reverently framed by the iconic round doorway, the wondrous views will entrance your imagination and inspire an unforgettable journey. Every nook of this little habitation will warm your soul, every cranny will charm your expedition of repose. Up the pathway, tucked into the earth, an unbelievable adventure awaits!
So how many of you out there are considering a trip to
Middle-earth Washington State now that you know you can go full Hobbit? Let us know down below in the comments.
Image: New Line Cinema