Hobbit village to be built in Sweden

HOBBIT-HOME: Building your own house is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which becomes a part of yourself, Simon Dale explains.
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HOBBIT-HOME: Building your own house is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which becomes a part of yourself, Simon Dale explains.

If you've ever wanted to live in your own Hobbit-like home in a village which could be straight out of the Lord of the Rings, well now you can.

But you'll first have to move to Sweden.

An entire Hobbit-like village is planned for the island of Musko, near Stockholm. Hidden beneath the island lies an underground naval facility, but the rich history of this place is soon to take a unique turn.

About 15 Hobbit homes are planned for the island, with the first expected to be ready by the end of the year, Sweden's English news website The Local reported.

They are being constructed under the supervision of Simon Dale, who built his own Hobbit-like home in a remote part of Wales.

Dale's abode is made of natural materials such as straw, clay and timber and the homes on Musko would be of a similar vein.

Sweden's Hobbit village idea was coined last year by John Higson and Marie Eriksson, who co-founded Drömgården, a self-sustainable and eco-friendly farm and village. It wasn't until the pair learnt of Dale's creation that they decided to build Hobbit houses.

The family-home in Wales was carved into a hillside and used stone and mud for retaining walls, Dale said on his website.

He made it in four months with the help of family, friends and strangers and estimated it took 1000 to 1500 man hours to make at a cost of only £3000 (NZ$5838), excluding labour.

"Seeing Simon's houses blew me away. They're beautiful, unique and completely sustainable, and what a fantastic way to live," John Higson told The Local.

"I've always enjoyed living a little bit differently. The idea of just a hobbit style village came from talking to other people interested in being part of Drömgården."

Because of its history as a military base, the island is a natural paradise and the perfect location for the world's first Hobbit village.

"Hardly anyone has been there in years as it was a restricted area site owned by the military. So nature has taken over and made it a perfect hobbit territory," Higson said.

And yes, there will be a pub.

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