Friday, January 11, 2013

Object of geek desire: Hobbit Hole... chicken coop?

The monumental success of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has set off a renewed frenzy of love for J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world.  As fans across the world once again find themselves falling down the rabbit hole of Lord of the Rings fandom, they proudly raise pint glasses to The Professor's legacy and scoop up any and all Middle Earth merchandise that they can find.

Many fair-weather fans are content to grab Dwarven Beard Hats or Hobbit Feet Slippers and call it a day, but true Tolkien fans won't stop until they can actually live in the shire.  While plenty of impressive Middle Earth architecture has popped up in response to the film to entice these die hard enthusiasts, most of it remains outside the budget of all but the wealthiest of Bagginses.

Maine-based Etsy Seller Hobbit Holes, however, sees this as an oversight, and they're trying to bring affordable Hobbit Holes to the lawns, backyards, and farms of everyday Tolkien fans like you and me.

...or, rather, everyday Tolkien fans who have $1,500 to spend on a chicken coop.

Somehow, I think I could find the money for this...

Anyone looking to house their poultry or toddlers in style will be drawn to the glorious detail in these amazing chicken coops.  While I don't have any chickens myself - nor do I ever plan on raising them - I could easily see myself dropping my 2012 tax return on what could easily be transformed into the coolest dog house in the world.

The base models available on Etsy consist of a basic 10 square foot Hobbit shack ($995), a 20 square foot Bag End bungalo ($1,395, above with the green door), and a commanding 30 square foot chicken palace ($1,595, top of page).  Looking at the detail and quality of the woodwork, I can honestly say that for the first time in my life I'm kinda jealous of chickens.

Thankfully, the company behind the shop - Wooden-Wonders - realized that their products would probably inspire a bit of envy from humans longing to set foot in them, and they also have a premium line of human-sized Hobbit-inspired Cottages, Sheds, and Playhouses available on their website with add-ons like sod-ready roofs and interior shelves to really bring home a sense of the shire.

While those are all well and good, I think I'm going to save up $15,000 and buy myself a luxury Hobbit-inspired outdoor sauna...

...pity the poor Lord of the Rings fan who's never had a soak in one of these.  How do they even call themselves fans?