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Home for A Hobbit

Posted on March 10th, 2010 by Maddie

Today we have a real treat for you in the shape of a very special miniature home. We’ll let Maddie herself tell you the rest.

This all began when I was a young child and read the Hobbit for the first time. I believe I was about 10 and I was instantly hooked.
My Nanan lent me her copy of the Lord of the Rings about 1 year later and I remember thinking that the trilogy leaped into a far more complex world and one that I completely lost myself in.

I have read Lord of the Rings about 20+ times now and each time it holds as much magic as the first time. When they announced that they were making a movie, I was really concerned that it would not live up to my imagination and that I would be disappointed. As it happens, a lot of it DID live up to my expectations, and when Gandalf visited Bag End in the Fellowship of the Rings, I could have cried with excitement because it was PERFECT and nearly exactly as
I imagined!

Anyway I decide to take on this project as part of a college course I was doing part time when my twins boys were 1 year old. The module was called ‘the importance of play’ and we had to make a toy to hand in at the end of the term. Of course me being me, I took it to the extreme and at first I decided to make a little hill with a front door like Bag End.

I used to play Warhammer and make scenery and paint the little models so the idea was to make an A4 type size model hill using my Warhammer scenery stuff (foam, static grass etc) I can just hear my friend Andi rolling her eyes at me and calling me ‘geek’, but apparently I was born this way and I don’t think I will ever change.

Then I thought, well what if I made the roof removable and had a little room inside? Then of course I started drawing up plans and added more rooms and then decided ‘what the hell?’ I might as well make a replica of the one from the movie and make it big enough to fit in dolls house type furniture!

I decided to make everything by hand – the frame, the garden outside, the furniture (as much as I could), the food and it has been a real labour of love and I have found something I truly enjoy doing. I have always been ‘crafty’ and enjoy painting etc, but this captures my imagination even more!

And so, a year later I have a nearly finished replica of Bag End. I still have quite a bit of work to do on it, but I think it can be classed as an ongoing project that I can improve over the years (yes I am a perfectionist when it comes to things that I make!)

I have some work to do still on the outside – the space visible between the lid needs filling in and I have more trees etc to put in. And of course the infamous gate with ‘no admittance except on party business’ sign!

I made this vegetable plot with nails and wire ‘twigs for the fence and I made the veg out of Fimo.
The flowers are made from FlowerSoft and wire

An attempt to take photo through the windows – didn’t come out very well but putting it on anyway because the fire looks all ‘homey’.

We’ll have more to being you from the Hobbit’s home in later blogs.

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6 Comments to “Home for A Hobbit”

  1. Karen R. Bryant Says:

    I think your miniature rendition of the Hobbit Home is absolutely Gorgeous! I love the details you did with the landscaping! The Flowers, vegetables, and fences are just Beautiful! I think that it’s Great that you tried to take a photo through the window! How innovative of you! It definitely looks so homey with the fireplace and warm colors inside. Keep up the Great work!

  2. You are extremeley talented at everything crafty! I am hoping to build the burrow from harry potter and this has been very helpful! Thanks for the inspiration! Well done!

  3. I think your recreation of Bag End is excellant and I’m a fellow Lord of the Rings/Warhammer fan too. It’s good to see someone being creative with minatures instead of just doing the old Victorian House theme all the time.

  4. Bethanyelizabeth Says:

    Hi I was just wondering how you figure out the scale to build buy as I’m gonna try to build my own doll house from scratch please help.

  5. Hi, I just what to say what a marvellous job you have done with the “hobbit home” and how envious I am that I didn’t think of that and couldn’t have done it anyway. It just is the “home of a hobbit” – I was like you expecting to be disappointed with the film but I thought on the whole it was brilliant and Bag End was just as I pictured it.

    Well done you. You are certainly very gifted.

    All the Best
    Val hazel

  6. WOW what an amazing idea, your Bag End is truly inspirational – dont worry about being geeky, you have a fantastic imagination and so much patience and skill. :-) PS cant wait to see photos of inside too – hint, hint.

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