The Hobbit Hole – A Miniature Bag End

Coming to Australia – Background:

It is documented in other places that I have been a fan of Professor Tolkien since the mid seventies and have been collecting books and memorabilia ever since. After I retired from teaching it became my desire to share my collection with others through displays at libraries and other venues. I have searched to find collectibles that are different, so that I could build a collection that would have an appeal to a wide audience.

In early 2010 I came across a blog on the Internet about a Hand Made Hobbit Hole created by a lady in England. Her name is Maddie, and I read her blog with great interest. I immediately contacted her and continued to communicate on a regular basis.

In 2011, Maddie indicated she wanted to sell her creation and I made an offer which she accepted. The Hobbit Hole was transported to Australia. My decision to bring The Hobbit Hole to Australia was motivated by my desire to have an iconic centre piece for any collectibles display I might arrange.

I have since formed a non profit business called The Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq. Foundation to support the promotion of Children’s Literacy. Maddie is pleased her “labour of love” has found such a worthy home. The Foundation intends to use The Hobbit Hole as a central piece with other collectibles in its publicity to create awareness for its fund.

Inspiration:

Maddie originally decided to make The Hobbit Hole in response to an assignment called “the importance of play” for a college course she was doing at the time. Maddie, a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”, decided to build a small Hobbit Hole for assessment. What began as a small project turned into a monumental “labour of love” based on the Movies and the Books and now we can see one of the most wonderful models in the world, based on Bag End.

A miniature version of Bilbo Baggin’s house, Bag End, it  is displayed on a 116cm x 102cm base covered by a clear Perspex top so that both the outside and  the interior rooms can be viewed.

The exterior is grassy green with a removable roof to view within. The front yard has the gate, fence, stone steps and a small garden. The garden steps lead to a round green door, which makes you want to open it and step inside. There are six rooms within, full of doll’s furniture, food and several items based on the stories and movies, right down to the Middle-earth maps and the barrel of pipe-weed inside. One of the few things you won’t find in the house is little folk with hairy feet, although there is a mini statue of Frodo and Sam on one of the shelves.

This very exciting and beautiful piece of miniature tabletop scenery will enthral model-makers, doll’s house lovers and fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

The Hobbit Hole is amazing to view and is a wonderful testament to the creativeness and dedication of its creator Maddie. We here at the Foundation are so thankful to Maddie for allowing us to acquire it for our future enterprises.

The Lord of the Rings: Maddie’s Hobbit Hole-Bag End

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmaVO5vJ158

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