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Far from the Shire, a Hobbit house in Pa. country

By JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press Published: December 13, 2012
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/articleid/3737031/1/pictures/1906541">Photo - Architect Peter Archer enters the “Hobbit House” during an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Chester County, near Philadelphia.  Archer has designed a “Hobbit House” containing a world-class collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and memorabilia. AP Photo
Architect Peter Archer enters the “Hobbit House” during an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Chester County, near Philadelphia. Archer has designed a “Hobbit House” containing a world-class collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and memorabilia. AP Photo

A Delaware cabinet-maker built the mahogany windows, including the large arched “butterfly window” — its Art Nouveau-ish flourishes inspired by Tolkien's own drawings. The name comes from the window's appearance when open, with the two halves pushed outward from a center hinge. The roof is covered with clay tiles handmade in France.

Inside the small dwelling are curved arches and rafters of Douglas fir, a fireplace finished in stucco and accented with thin slices of clay tile, and plenty of shelves and ledges for the owner's library and displays of Hobbit figurines, Gandalf's staff, hooded capes, chess sets, chalices — and of course, The One Ring. The rustic structure cleverly hides its thoroughly modern heating, cooling, electrical and security systems.

And while a country drive to see the cottage after catching the newly released Peter Jackson film “The Hobbit,” might be a nice outing, don't expect to find it.

Concerned that his rural tranquility could turn into an unwanted tourist attraction, the owner has taken steps to ensure it remains under the radar. He does not want the location of the site revealed, and used a pseudonym the rare time he gave an interview, on-camera last year.

Archer, who declined to divulge what it cost to build the Hobbit house, said his team is currently working on a similar project in Tasmania.


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