An entire hobbit-like village will be built in the archipelago of Stockholm, on the island of Muskö, for people to live in just like the English author J.R.R. Tolkien's character Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings.
“Living in a hobbit house is the smart and sustainable way
to live in the future,” John Higson, the co-founder of the project told The
In 2011 John Higson and Marie Eriksson co-founded
Drömgården, a self-sustainable and eco-friendly farm and village, but the idea
to build hobbit houses didn’t come until Higson heard about Simon Dale who’d
built one for his family in Wales.
“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.
Click here for a gallery of Simon Dale's hobbit house in
But it was not until Higson and his partner bought a plot
of land inside the area of Drömgården, but a nice distance from the other
buildings, that the idea was put into practice.
“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,” Higson said.
Like Dale’s hobbit house which is located in a secluded
part in Wales, the Swedish versions will be made with natural materials like
straw, clay and timber, and erected on the edge of a forest overlooking some
“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.
Apart from providing people with a sustainable way of life
in the countryside, Drömgården allows people to become part owners of the
already built cottages, circus wagons, the dairy, or in due time - the beer
brewery and hobbit houses.
“Why pay for having a countryside house standing empty
most of the year, when you can use your hard earned kronor for what you really
need,” Higson said.
This allows people to own a small part of Drömgården but
also to live there for whatever amount of time they want to, Higson explains.
The first house is expected to be completed by the end of
2012, and approximately fifteen more houses are currently planned under the
supervision of Simon Dale, but the exact number is still undecided.
“People will be invited to join Simon Dale to plan their
houses, but we’re debating as to whether it would be a good idea to build a pub
first,” Higson said to The Local.
“You can't have a hobbit village without a pub.”
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