The inspiring hobbit house designs featured here reflect the genius of talented artisans around the globe. A treasure-trove of habitats for hobbits — both “real” and in miniature or from a movie set — the designs are bound to generate a host of helpful ideas for creating your own “hobbitat!”
Inspired by the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) and popularized by a series of movies based upon his fantasy novels (i.e., The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), hobbit houses are steadily gaining ground. Pictured at top and directly below are two enchanting abodes from the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, New Zealand.
In the Spirit of Hobbit Houses Everywhere
“Technically” speaking, a hobbit house is an environmentally friendly dwelling built into the earth with a green roof and round windows and doors. However, in the spirit of hobbit habitats everywhere, we’ve taken some liberties by including examples that may not fall within the strict definition of the term. After viewing our selections here, we think you’ll concur with our broader interpretation.
Pictured at right is a delightful miniature composition by artist Sally J. Smith of Greenspirit Arts. Entitled Emerald Mossy House, the tiny stone structure boasts willow twig windows and a moss roof.
Pictured below is another one of Sally’s miniature “environmental sculptures.” It features a moss-lined path of cedar roots and stones winding its way up to a little round door at the base of a tree.
Hobbit House Designs for Humans
As enchanting as the preceding hobbit house images are, nothing beats a hobbitat that people can actually live in. Each of the hobbit house designs that follow was built specifically for human habitation. Really!
Pictured below is a cozy hillside dwelling in Wales. Homeowner Simon Dale framed the structure with logs gathered from the surrounding woodland. Straw bales in the floor, walls, and ceiling provide insulation. Lime plaster walls are capped with a green roof.
The small stone structure that follows serves as a guest house in Preston Hollow, a neighborhood in north Dallas, Texas. Designed by Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, it was inspired by the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien and the 1952 movie, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.