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Hobbit Article Up!

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The article that I wrote for eHow Home & Garden about how to make a house into a Hobbit hole is up! Since a few people indicated that they wanted to read it, here you go:


Yes, it's a bit short--we are limited to 400 to 500 words. But I got to quote Tolkien in a DS article. I can retire from freelancing a happy 'gund. :)

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • That's lovely :)
  • I just realized that I *am* descended from hobbits...
  • Awesome article! *grin* And I loved the link to that hobbit-house article; I'd never seen it before!
  • Don't shy away from clutter in your hobbit hole -- Tolkien describes them as anything but pristine and frequently littered with the many birthday presents they receive.

    I have that part right - not birthday presents, just junk. Now I need the greens and yellows plus the round door!
    • OME, is that ever me too! I had a little chuckle while writing that part. My study looks like someone turned it upside down and shook it vigorously a few times before setting it right again.

      I wonder how Elves fared in the neatness department??
      • Pristine, except for certain Noldor. Creative chaos and all that. ;)

        Of course, that's just my fanon. ^^
  • That's awesome!

    Now to refrain from using that as an excuse for the clutter in my closets… :P
  • What a fun article! All I need now is the round doors and windows, and a few extra storerooms!
    • Thanks, Lois! :) Aside from the copious amounts of food and the gardens, I'm afraid my house isn't very Hobbitish at all. It's Elvish, perhaps? :)
  • I love it! And now I wish I had a house and a free budget to make it just like Bag End. *g*
    • Unfortunately, acquiring the first usually eliminates any chance of the second! :D

      (P.S.--I never get tired of your tophat. ;)
  • Don't shy away from clutter in your hobbit hole -- Tolkien describes them as anything but pristine and frequently littered with the many birthday presents they receive.

    I want a Hobbit house so I can justify my clutter! Neat article, Dawn.
    • Thank you! :D I'm certainly using it as an excuse to justify the mess in my study, even if I don't live in a Hobbit hole. I can't imagine Feanor being particularly tidy either. (Now my namesake Felagund strikes me as the sort who'd be around with a dustrag twice per week!)
  • I always wanted to have a house styled in a middle-earth feel. Bag End was gorgeous. As long as I could have electricity for my computer and room for my books and art supplies, I would be happy. Congrats on the article - short but succinct and a very pleasant read.

    - Erulisse (one L)
    • Thank you, Erulisse! :) I loved the Bag End of the movies as well, but I would also have to take one of the numerous pantries and turn it into a proper study. And electricity for the computer is a must too, I agree! :)
  • The richest & the poorest hobbits lived in holes? I mean... i guess i ought to have known that (Bag End compared to Bagshot Row), but i find that weirdly interesting. Like, why the two extremes? And how?

    I could never be a hobbit, i've come to realize. |D;
    • Probably just as it often is (or at any rate used to be) IRL in the country: The rich and the poor both inherit the house their family has been living in for practically "ever". The rich have no reason to move away or build anew because the old house is already spacious, stores insane amounts of heirlooms, is well-kept and, of course, a matter of pride. The poor, on the other hand, can't afford building something new, so they either stay in the old hovel (or hole ;)) or move into an empty, already built old hovel (or hole) elsewhere, if they have to move. ;)
    • I found it interesting as well. Not being a Hobbit person, I thought that all hobbits lived in holes. That was new information for me.

      I like Lyra's explanation, personally; that makes sense. :)

      I could be a hobbit, but I'd definitely be Tookish. I'm certainly not conservative, and I like to travel too much!
  • Heh, sweet!

    But I got to quote Tolkien in a DS article
    I know what you mean. I squeed inside when I wrote up the references for that Sir Gawain and the Green Knight essay :D
    • When I first started with DS, I remember searching Tolkien-centric keywords, not knowing what kind of articles were out there and hoping that maybe, just maybe, they had decided it was worth their while to have titles like "Types of Elves" or "How to Use Historiography When Interpreting Tolkien's Canon." I was soundly disappointed! :D Since I've now moved on to primarily articles related to plants and gardening, I don't even search those keywords anymore and, lo, this one pops into the queue one day!

      I also managed to work Tolkien into a term paper for my Women Writers course (the paper was on feminist fantasy literature), which was very exciting.
  • Very cool and well written, Dawn! *applause*
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