10 Heavenly Hobbit Holes We'd Like to Call Home

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Over the weekend, The Hobbit , Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated prequel adaptation of the most epic story about a heroic hole-builder ever written, landed in theaters and set box office records. According to the world’s communal encyclopedia, most of Tolkien’s humble hobbits lived in “hobbit-holes” or Smials, traditional underground homes found in hillsides, downs, and banks identified by charming little round doors and windows. Proof that the Shire’s simple, bucolic way of life isn’t just fantasy, we’ve rounded up some of the best real-life hobbit homes on the planet. From underground earth house estates in Switzerland to a grand tree house in Oregon fit for Frodo, click through to check out the very best of hobbit havens.

Estate Lättenstrasse by Peter Vetsch – Dietikon, Switzerland

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Dolder House by Peter Vetsch – Widen, Switzerland

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Pallavincini House by Peter Vetsch – Arni, Switzerland

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Eco House Bolton by Make Architecture – Bolton, England

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Malator by Future Systems – Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Marshall House by Denton Corker Marshall – Phillip Island, Australia

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The Dune House by William Morgan – Atlantic Beach, Florida

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Mountain House by SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects – Vals, Switzerland

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The Wilkinson Residence by Robert Harvey Oshatz – Portland, Oregon

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Wooden Wonders

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