Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Hobbit hole at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park is first on public display in UK

17:35 12 February 2013

Staff at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park have creared a real life Hobbit hole fit for Bilbo Baggins which is the first on public display in the UK.

Staff at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park have creared a real life Hobbit hole fit for Bilbo Baggins which is the first on public display in the UK.

Contributed

LORD of the Rings fans have created a piece of Middle-earth in Suffolk.

shares

What has been a labour of love for staff at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park is now complete - a real life Hobbit hole fit for Bilbo Baggins which is the first on public display in the UK.

Staff, who are fans of JRR Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books, spent 20 days over three months building their own Hobbit hole at West Stow based on the character Farmer Cotton’s home in the Lord of the Rings.

Visitors can have their photo taken outside the hole when it goes on display from February 16 to 24 at this year’s popular fan event Ring Quest, where fans take an unexpected journey to find the rings of power and translate the dwarf runes.

Alan Baxter, heritage manager for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which runs West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park, is a fan of the books and a member of the Tolkien Society.

He said: “The tenth anniversary saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Peter Jackson being released in cinemas and a new wave of enthusiasm for Tolkien. Many of the staff are Lord of the Rings fans and as fans we wanted to create something special to celebrate this so the Hobbit hole was built.

“I was lucky enough to visit the set soon after filming and took hundreds of photos and videos. The West Stow Hobbit hole is based on those images.

“The most famous is Bag End, the luxury home, with a round green door, of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo. Other Hobbits lived in more modest homes and one of these has been built with a round red door like many in Hobbiton.

“Like the film set, sadly fans cannot pop inside the Hobbit hole for a look around but as ‘big people’, as the Hobbits call us, we would only end up with a headache from banging our heads on the low ceiling as Gandalf himself did on the ceiling at Bag End in Lord of the Rings.”

Staff say West Stow is the perfect place to build a Hobbit hole as the names in the Tolkien books themselves have Anglo-Saxon origins, according to the author who was a Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University.

Robert S Blackham, author of several books on Tolkien, said the Hobbit hole at West Stow was certainly the only one on public display in the UK and with Tolkien’s fascination with Anglo-Saxon heritage the perfect home to show people a real life glimpse of Middle-earth.

On February 21 there will also be an event to show fans the photos of the New Zealand film locations at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds from 6pm to 8pm.

shares

0 comments

A large farming trailer carrying potatoes has overturned on the B1102 between Freckenham and Worlington.

The B1102 in Freckenham is blocked after a trailer load of potatoes overturned.

The opening of the new petanque bowls piste at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew - Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Phillip Dunnett with parish clerk and member of the centre committee Debbi Tayler

More than 30 people turned out for the opening of a boules rink at The Riverside Centre on Saturday.

Traffic chaos caused by flooding on the A143 near Bury St Edmunds.

The final summer bank holiday of the year was a wash out, causing traffic chaos in parts of Suffolk, with roads flooding and cars getting stuck.

Photo caption: (L-R) Courtney Culf, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, Cllr Ray Herring, Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Cllr Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Coastal Management and Peter Lanceley, Operations Manager at Suffolk Coastal Norse.

Extra play equipment costing £150,000 has been unveiled to give youngsters a late summer boost.

1940s-themed Lavenham Carnival.

Stiff upper lips and raincoats helped a west Suffolk village brave the elements and celebrate their 1940s-themed carnival yesterday.

Police were called to the crash

Eight motorists have been injured after a five-vehicle crash involving a tractor in Stoke Ash.

Some of the dvds seized in the Southwold raid by Suffolk trading standards officers

A Suffolk Trading Standards inquiry into an alleged pirate DVD network, which made around £700,000, has led to the arrests of five people in three counties.

Sharon Buckler and Sue Ayres, deputy mayor of Sudbury, in the newly-restored auditorium in the Quay Theatre.

The unveiling of the newly restored Quay Theatre auditorium in Sudbury has been declared a day the volunteer who made it all possible would have been proud of.

Nikos Savvas and Alan Whittaker of West Suffolk College and One sixth form

Two of the biggest education providers in Suffolk are today joining forces to create an academy trust which is designed to raise standards in the county.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages