Extreme Hobbit Fans: Man Builds His Own Hobbit House; Plus a Fan-Made Office Mashup Trailer
01.07.13 by Ryan
There's already been plenty of evidence of the extremes fans will go to
for director Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Prior to the movie's opening, another fan took all the movie's trailers and TV spots and edited them together into a chronological trailer, while TV personality and J.R.R. Tolkien aficionado Stephen Colbert dedicated an entire week of his show to The Hobbit, even schooling Jackson on Tolkien along the way. Recently, another fan ate Denny's entire Hobbit-inspired menu in under 20 minutes, and there was also another fan who recreated Bilbo Baggins' home of Bag End in his living room using only balloons.
Welshman Simon Dale took his Tolkien-inspired building a step further than balloons, using stone, mud and reclaimed materials to create his very own Hobbit-hole. "I was not a builder or carpenter," Dale explained on his website (via Inquisitr). My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again."
Check out Dale's dedicated work below, which apparently only cast around $5000 and took an estimated 1000-1500 man hours.
In related extremities, another fan has mashed together footage from The Hobbit with the original, British sitcom The Office to create a single video titled The Office: An Unexpected Journey. Perhaps it was inevitable, since both projects share actor Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and appeared as frustrated paper salesman Tim in The Office for both of its seasons on the BBC, but the finished product is as inspired as it is ridiculous, particularly the addition of Ricky Gervais as David Brent playing Gandalf and Mackenzie Crook as Gareth playing Gollum. Even if you're unfamiliar with the British version of The Office the video is worth a look. In fact, it will only add to the randomness of it all.