Extreme Fans: The Hobbit Home Created From Balloons
11.15.12 by Ryan
Are you a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings trilogy? Are you excited for the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment of a three-part adaptation of Tolkien's novel? Are you willing to spend over 40 hours constructing Bilbo Baggins' home of Bag End in your living room using 2600 balloons?
If the answer is no to that last one, worry not: Jeremy Telford of Balloon Guy Entertainment did have the time (and the desire) to create Bag End in his living room, documenting the construction in time-lapse photography so that anyone could watch.
Of course, this isn't the first time that someone has tried to create their own Hobbit home. One extreme Tolkien fan made a Bag End doll house in between caring for her infant twins, while another fan created a Bag End cake for her son's birthday. And, should fans want to visit the actual Bag End, one need only travel to New Zealand and take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Either that, or it's time to start buying balloons.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was directed by Peter Jackson and adapted by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, and Philippa Boyens. Returning cast members include Ian McKellen as Gandalf; Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Andy Serkis (in motion-capture and later animated) as Gollum; and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman. New cast members include Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins; Richard Armitage as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield; Lee Pace as the Elven King Thranduil; Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman; Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel; Barry Humphries as the Goblin King; Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake Town; Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn; and Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot.