17 Jun 2009

Home Sweet Hole

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
(J.R.R. Tolkien -The Hobbit)

"All Hobbits had originally lived in holes in the ground, or so they believed, and in such dwellings they still felt most at home."
(J.R.R.Tolkien - Concerning Hobbits)

It must be said that Hobbits are unique when it comes down to house-building : they burrow and dig and reside in 'holes'; thus their name Kuduk, which means 'hole-dweller' (from the ancient Rovanion Hobbitish Kud-dukan), but why do they build such dwellings?

Hobbits are known for being fairly unobtrusive and fond of nature, and peace,.They dislike any kind of machine and they are not interested in progress. Living close to nature and 'into' the earth does come natural for they learned about the many advantages of such dwellings. The Hobbit-hole usually is partially or totally underground and thoughtfully designed, they allow in plenty of natural light and are far less of an eye-sore on the landscape than conventional above-ground houses, they are also less susceptible to the impact of extreme outdoor air temperatures, so you won't feel the effects of adverse weather as much as in a conventional house. Temperatures inside a Hobbit hole are more stable than in conventional homes. There are so many other advantages and I encourage you to seriously think about Hobbit-holes or earth sheltered homes like the Big Folks call them. As they are the most environmentally friendly homes that can be built as they do not use up valuable resources as they are made from the earth, Hobbits really do know best!