It’s really not that all surprising that J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings and Peter Jackson’s films have proven to be very popular as to spawn countless imitations and parodies over the years with some being quite serious on the themes of Tolkien’s work and others simply are being silly. A good example of the sillier attempts would be Willie Nelson’s attempt at usurping Ian McKellen’s role as Gandalf in a tape meant to be an audition to Peter Jackson Himself. Another, more serious attempt would of course be the events in Britain that involve costume competitions and storytelling.
However, one of the more notable events mentioned are a group of children attempting to build a very cozy home for hobbits in Caerphilly, Wales. A structure made of willow, the little “hobbit house” was built by local children with the help of teachers and a little financial aid from FEI or Forest Education Initiative that gave the project up to 200 pounds sterling to be completed. The small house itself was meant to be a kind of shelter for children during their activities in the woods which would protect them from the elements during their outdoor sessions. Apparently, the children had had quite a bit of fun building the house and are probably planning to build something new as stated by Lowri Owen, the deputy head of the town. Though far from what the homes in Hobbiton actually look like, the shelter has proven to be quite effective at protecting its occupants against the harshness of the elements and many adults have never been more pleased to see the children so enthusiastic in their activities.
Anyway, we can hope for a lot of other even more creative activities once The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug finally comes out this December in theaters near you.