I like to think that this hobbit hole I build will be the perfect mixture of the penultimate hobbit hole of Bag End and my own ideass. Particularly, upon walking in I would like people to think, “Yes, this is a hobbit-hole alright; just like I saw it in my mind.” Some classic Bag End aspects I would like to incorporate would be:
1. Front door: I would like a green door and brass knob, just like in the Lee and Howe drawings and of course the Peter Jackson films. Also, I very much liked the idea of two small windows, one on either side of the door.
2. Front hall: “a very comfortable tunnel… with paneled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished [benches], and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats.” The first page of the Hobbit truly says it all. I would also like to have, if ever possible, a map of the Shire with all of Bilbo’s favorite walks in red along the paths, just like in Bag End. For obvious reasons, I could never incorporate the “many little round doors”, and I doubt very much I could even build into a hill like that, but from the outside and initial entrance to the home, I should like it to reflect Bag End.
3. The internal tiling for the immediate entrance and the kitchen, if not wood it would be nice to have the similar tiles as in Jackson’s films, (I hunted for a pic and even tried screenshotting the scene in the film from my PC to no avail, I just hope you know what I’m talking about,) although personally I prefer wood to anything else. Perhaps those tiles would be nice in a garden walkway.
4. Also, I quite like the idea of a Party Tree-esque tree, perhaps a giant oak, overlooking the home, growing off to the side a bit so it might be sat under for picnics or reading, or maybe even speech-making! But that of course depends on location, oaks don’t grow overnight nor are they planted that massively!
5. I would like to incorporate “chiefly green and yellow” into the color scheme throughout the house, but not in a 1950’s way, just golden yellow and olive. Quite largely I should like wood paneled everything, especially floors, and hopefully some beams running up the walls and cutting corners, much like in Peter Jackson’s films or even Lord of the Rings Online.
6. Lastly, I feel it is important to have a rounded top if possible. I cannot fathom the architectural detail that would be needed for this, and I don’t even know how that would work as far as gardening goes with grass needing to be mown, so I will have to deal with this one later. I wouldn’t want to mow on top of my house if for no other reason then that’s a lot of weight for a roof of any material, even concrete, to have to put up with once a week three-quarters of the year; but then, I don’t know if there are different types of grass or what so I will leave this problem for now as well.
This is possibly my favorite illustration of the thought I truly have put into this over the years, if I may say without sounding vain. I hope these posts are inspiring all you lovely readers, or at the least making you smile.