J.R.R Tolkien, architect of all things fantastical, describes a hobbit home as follows: ”In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” And as these photos show, Tolkien fans have taken his description to heart, recreating their own homes to emulate the simple and cozy digs of one of history’s most beloved set of fictional characters.
One lifelong “Hobbit” fan who wanted to channel that love into physical reality ended up hiring Peter Archer, an architect who constructed his own take on the Hobbit lifestyle for his client in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Archer had no prior knowledge of Tolkien’s works before starting on this project, which his client uses as a museum for his J.R.R. Tolkien collection – one that has taken him over 30 years to amass.