My Hand Made Hobbit Hole – Bag End from Lord of the Rings

Aerial View of Hobbit Dolls House

Background on Bag End:

My name is Maddie Chambers/Brindley and this all began when I was a young child and read the Hobbit for the first time. I believe I was about 10 and I was instantly hooked. My Nanan lent me her copy of the Lord of the Rings about 1 year later and I remember thinking that the trilogy leaped into a far more complex world and one that I completely lost myself in. I have read Lord of the Rings about 20+ times now and each time it holds as much magic as the first time. When they announced that they were making a movie, I was really concerned that it would not live up to my imagination and that I would be disappointed. As it happens, a lot of it DID live up to my expectations, and when Gandalf visited Bag End in the Fellowship of the Rings, I could have cried with excitement because it was PERFECT and nearly exactly as I imagined!

Anyway I decide to take on this project as part of a college course I was doing part time when my twins boys were 1 year old. The module was called ‘the importance of play’ and we had to make a toy to hand in at the end of the term. Of course me being me, I took it to the extreme and at first I decided to make a little hill with a front door like Bag End. I used to play Warhammer and make scenery and paint the little models so the idea was to make an A4 type size model hill using my Warhammer scenery stuff (foam, static grass etc) Yes I am a geek lol.

Then I thought, well what if I made the roof removable and had a little room inside? then of course I started drawing up plans and added more rooms and then decided ‘what the hell?’ I might as well make a replica of the one from the movie and make it big enough to fit in dolls house type furniture!
I decided to make everything by hand – the frame, the garden outside, the furniture (as much as I could), the food and it has been a real labour of love and I have found something I truly enjoy doing. I have always been ‘crafty’ and enjoy painting etc, but this captures my imagination even more!

You can follow me on Twitter @maddsrocks   https://twitter.com/maddsrocks

Miniature Bag End

Bag End now lives in Australia with the Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq. Foundation, which supports children’s literacy.  The model is available to hire and the profits go to a very good cause.  http://www.facebook.com/ProudfootEsq

Lots of people have asked me how long it took to create – I have little twin boys who I looked after full time during the day (and sometimes throughout the night!!) so I worked on it a couple of hours a night or during nap times in the day.  This was not an every day thing I hasten to add – I have many hobbies including electric and acoustic guitar, kickboxing, walking my 2 dogs, reading watching movies etc etc. I did work out once that if I had worked on it 9-5 with an hour for lunch it would have taken me 2-3 months!

Bag End front door

Bilbo Baggins Vegetable Patch!

I made this vegetable plot with nails and wire ‘twigs for the fence and I made the veg out of Fimo.  The flowers are made from FlowerSoft and wire

No Admittance except on party business

Finally got the gate done!  Fence still needs to be built and that is next on my list.

an attempt to take photo through the windows – didn’t come out very well but putting it on anyway because the fire looks all ‘homey’ lol

Bilbo’s front door

hallway view through front door

Hall Shelf with statue of Gandalf riding Shadowfax :-)

I got this orange top from a free gift of a weird looking doll from dolls house emporium – gave the doll away but kept the jacket so that my poor hobbits have something to wear!  Hobbit clothing is on my list of things to start making!

View into living room/study from Hall

 I need to hoover!!!!

Hobbit Living Room complete with paintings of Belladonna Took and Bungo Baggins

All the maps and documents you see are real middle-earth maps printed onto ‘aged’ paper. The scrolls all have writing printed onto them in Bilbo’s handwriting or Elvish. I made the tiny quills from feathers and the candles out of Fimo.  The rug took me a LONG time to do.  I looked everywhere for one similar to the one in the movie but couldn’t find one I was happy with so in the end I used good old Microsoft Paint and drew the design myself from the rug in the movie! then printed it onto cotton and sewed the rest of the rug.

The family tree you see on the wall is the actual Baggins family tree which I made in Paint using a family tree template

Statue of Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee

I love the little statue of Frodo and Sam – these are Warhammer models given to me in 2001 by my friend Claire (thanks Lu!) I never got round to painting them and so I made them a base out of Fimo and painted them in a bronze effect.  I once made Claire watch fellowship of the rings and she sat through all of it, didn’t understand much of it and thought that the hobbits were called ‘gibbons’ I will never forget that haha!!!

Thror’s Map (and replica of Bilbo’s table)

Thror’s map – made a frame out of wood, varnished it and put the map in it :-)

The pictures above show the scene from the movie where Gandalf looks at Bilbo’s table and my recreation of it

hobbit kitchen

Kitchen.  I bought all the china plates but made all the food and ‘custom made’ the fireplace.  The units were white wood unfinished when I bought them and I just varnished and filled them!

Close up of the fireplace.  This was a free gift from Dolls House Emporium ( http://www.dollshouse.com/dhe/product-details.aspx?code=2845&ref=search)  I re-painted it, hollowed out a hole and added logs and firebulb and then added the bricks round the outside.  If I was being pedantic, it should really be curved, but I am happy with it for now till I have time to make another!

Hobbit Kitchen

I made the table for the sink out of bits I cut off the dressers to make them fit in.  My favourite bit of food I made is the string of garlic hung in the corner – well I’m pretty sure hobbits don’t like vampires anyway (it’s just me that does!)

Bag End Pantry

The pantry – I installed shelves and filled full of food – I made all the food in here from Fimo.

Close up of the shelves – many thanks to Angie Scarr for her wonderful books on making food out of Fimo which provided LOADS of inspiration and instruction for me.  I hadn’t used Fimo since I was a small child so it was great to learn how to make mini food as an adult!

I made all the stained glass windows from thin perspex, glass paint and glass leading

Thanks to my Mum who sent over trinkets from USA where she lives – the blue and white specked crockery and pans are american.  She also sent over cans of fanta, pepsi, 7up and Dr Pepper.  They are cunningly camouflaged around the kitchen and pantry as I did not really think that hobbits were into the whole fizzy drink thing!!!

If you look closely there is an ‘anniversary edition’ plate from Dolls House Emporium on this dresser from March 2009 which was the month I started the project :-)

Barrel of Longbottom Leaf Pipe Weed!

check out the barrel in this pic – I bought a plain wooden barrel, varnished it and added a ‘longbottom leaf’ label – and filled it with hobbit pipe weed!!!!  The label is a replica of the barrel of pipe weed merry and pippin (sorry typo put sam before!) find in the extended version of the movie (flotsam and jetsam scene)

PIPE WEED close up (not sure why the papers keep calling it ale lol)

Pipe Weed

View through to the bathroom

hobbit bathroom

Mum and her partner David sent this rug from USA as a thanks for talking them through formatting their laptop – that was fun over the phone!!!!!

made the fire out of stones from my back garden (and I knocked the light off with the camera which is why it is hanging down – this has now been fixed so I better update photo at some point!)

I made the towels and flannels out of my twin boys babygrows (they had grown out of them!) the soap is fimo and the bottles are beads

view into bedroom

Bag End Bedroom

My mum made a lovely patchwork quilt for the bed but I changed the bed and it doesn’t fit on the new bed (hint hint mum I need a new quilt love you x)

I like the painting in here – it is a painting of Rivendell and the frame was a bargain cost 20p because it was smashed into little pieces when I bought it – superglue is my friend :-)

the castle on the shelf I bought from Miniatura show.  I undercoated it in black and dry brushed in mithril silver (thankyou Games Workshop and my earlier  years spent painting warhammer models)

The axes are from my Gimli doll which I bought in USA in 2000 (yes, again, I know I am a geek)

Ok well that is the end of the photos of the interior for now – please click on the link below to see how I made the hobbit house

http://madshobbithole.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/how-i-made-the-hobbit-hole/

Just wanted to explain a few things that a lot of people have commented on. First of all and possibly most importantly – of course I know the walls should be rounded. I sat for ages working out how I would do it, but I could not have had it open at the top if the walls were circular. I would probably have had to make a long thin house and some how bored big holes into the side of the hill to make the rooms and have either the back or front removable rather than the top. I eventually decided against this for 3 reasons,

1. did not have any tools to be able to cut deep holes in wood
2. Do not have the space to create something that long
3. The project had to be finished by the end of term so I only had a few months to get it into a fit state to be handed in so I took the easiest and most sensible option that I could!

I have seen Tolkien’s sketch of bag end lots of times so I know how my bag end differs:
http://bitoflight.luminousbeings.net/keepsakes/BagEnd-drawing2.htm

http://bitoflight.luminousbeings.net/keepsakes/Fonstad-BagEnd.htm

Again, I do not have the room to fit all these rooms in.  In fact even this sketch doesn’t match up with the text in the hobbit:  “bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining rooms, all were on the same floor”

There should be kitchenS and dining roomS instead of just one each – so I figure if the person who wrote the ‘atlas of middle earth’ can use artistic license, I can too! I did try to match the hall to his sketch though and even put in a circular table like Tolkien’s picture http://bitoflight.luminousbeings.net/keepsakes/BagEnd-final-small.jpg

I based some on the movie, some on the book and some on my imagination. The food in the kitchen and pantry includes everything mentioned in The Hobbit when the dwarves and Gandalf come to visit: beer, cakes, tea, seed cake, coffee, porter, scones, red wine, raspberry jame, apple tart, mince pies, cheese, pork pie salad, eggs, cold chicken, pickles and ham.  (anything you can’t see on the shelves is in the little store cupboard behind glass doors or in drawers – couldn’t fit everything on the shelves)

I really believe that I did the very best I could given my time, space and money constraints and that any piece of work based on literature is going to be very debatable because every single person on this planet has a unique imagination and what a rich, varied, beautiful planet it is because of this.
So I am glad a lot of people like my version, and sorry to anyone who thinks it doesn’t match up with the book – believe me I know my own downfalls, but I am only human and maybe one day soon I will make another version that suits you better :-)

 Link to my next projects: http://madsgingerbreadhouse.wordpress.com
 http://madsmousehouse.wordpress.com

If you would like to see pictures of how I created the hobbit house step by step click on the link below:

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770 Responses to “My Hand Made Hobbit Hole – Bag End from Lord of the Rings”

  1. elicbxn Says:

    I hope you got an A!

  2. SamanthaS Says:

    OMG! I cannot believe the DETAIL and how PERFECT you got EVERYTHING! This is absolutely AMAZING! You are an EXTREMELY talented person! I LOVE this! I truly hope it makes its way into some kind of museum, where your talents can be displayed for all to see! Exquisite work!

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  4. Jeff Says:

    I’m in awe of your talent. Are we going to see you selling on Etsy anytime soon?

  5. Max Altman Says:

    This is absolutely AMAZING! I am a massive fan of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings books and films. I was just wondering what you used to make such realistic grass. I would love to know as I am attempting to make a model like yours! I doubt it will be anywhere near as good but knowing how to do the grass would be a massive help! Thanks

  6. Vindalf Says:

    OMG, this is amazing. Congratulations. Found this page on tumblr, BTW

  7. singlewolf Says:

    AMAZING!!!! What would you charge for this were you to offer it for sale???

  8. Xanadu Says:

    HI Maddie!
    It’s good to see the child within is alive and well in you, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and seeing all the photos of your project, it’s astounding and I love that you have used some artistic licence!

    My husband and I are great fans of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit (books and movies) and often spend a whole day during winter watching the movies from beginning to end so we can relate to your passion.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. :)
    Cheers from Down Under,
    X

  9. Isabella Says:

    This is amazing work! love miniatures. Been wanting to try make a Baggins House and now I believe its possible. keep up the good work.

  10. aman Says:

    You are best in world

  11. Rosalind Says:

    I am in awe of your talent, patience and dedication. I read The Hobbit and LOTR since I was 16 yrs. old in 1967 and was hooked for life. I can’t imagine anything better than having Bilbo’s home in one my rooms. I want one!!

  12. sepide Says:

    wow!!!! amazing

  13. Mama Nellie Says:

    just saw the Hobbit movie “Hobbit: desolation of Smaug” with my 12 yo daughter. I had NO idea how much she loved LOTR, the Hobbit, and all of Tolkein’s work. She squeeled in delight over your work here. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  14. Martin Krieg Says:

    Wunderschönes Modell!

  15. Everett Jacobs Says:

    …One does not simply make a hobbit Hole Diorama…

    Amazing work!

  16. Eak Tan Says:

    I cannot find the word that suit for your masterpeace work. I really impressed when I have seen that. I feel that any details that you have made that reflect to how you put you attention through your work. Truly glad to see your work. ;)

  17. brian anthony pollock Says:

    this is amazing.. why arn’t you doing this for a living..?? i want one.. i’d pay alot like 2000.00 for the exact thing.. make one.. i’d pay for it..

    brian..

  18. Transparent_rose Says:

    I swore I had to scroll so far down to get here. I love it. Would you like to marry me? I’m only 17 and female I know but I think I’ve fallen in love :D Lol only joking but I love it. It’s amazing you are so crafty. Your kids are so lucky!1 *-* ^-^

  19. Kay Says:

    Of all the dollhouses I have seen, this is without a doubt one of the most exquisite and unusual. Ridiculously beautiful and cosy at the same time. If I were a doll and looking for a home, I’d move here.

  20. Strack Drack Says:

    That… is… AMAZING! I know it’s far too small words to that, but I must say, I’m very impressed. Did you realy built all that by your hands!? And more important: HOW!? Please tell me, I love this kind of job. I’m working on a replica of 1428 Elm Street from A nightmare on Elm Street series.

  21. Lucepuce Says:

    This is truly amazing – came across this while goggling picture of Bag End and my jaw in on the floor. What a beautiful thing to create :-)

  22. Temi Says:

    I apologize in advance but HOLY SHIT! I was looking for a hobbit hole wallpaper for my computer and am so happy I stumbled across this. It’s just phenomenal!

  23. Jessica @ Just a Mum? Says:

    I realise this is quite an old post, but I’ve only just seen it and needed to say how wonderful this is! Every detail is stunning. You can see the love and care that you put into it.

  24. EmilyGrace Says:

    Hi I decided to make Bag End the other day and I’ve got everything sorted (as in materials for the main structure) however I wasn’t quite sure what scale to work with but luckily I came across this! I was thinking about using 1:48 scale but I was just wondering what scale you used and what measurements you used for the rooms.

    Your model of Bag End is truly amazing and I hope my attempt will come out as sucsessful and exellent as yours!! You have a true talent; keep up the good work!!! x

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hi Emily I did not work to a specific scale but it works out at just smaller than 1/24 most of the furniture had to be modified so that it fit in. I cannot give you room measurements as it now lives in Australia and I did not take measurements before it went sorry!

  25. Cyn Nail Says:

    You are amazing!

  26. alex Says:

    Wow, this is great! You did a great job!!

  27. lara Says:

    this is so amazingly wonderful! thanks for inspiring my imagination :)

  28. Larry Says:

    Maddie, thank you for sharing your art and your imagination and your passion. You helped me remember how I felt when I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Thank you for taking me back in time.

  29. NIENNA Says:

    O_O Sono rimasta incantata dalla bellezza e dalla cura per i particolari… Nulla da dire se non SPETTACOLARE!

  30. Neil Says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent, which is as magical as the story itself!

  31. Carol Says:

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful. Big LOTR and miniatures fan. This is really fantastic. I absolutely love all your doors and windows and the landscaping. Thank you so much for sharing.

  32. nessa t Says:

    i’m pretty much the biggest Tolkien fan there is and this is just about the most amazing thing i have ever seen made by hand. i applaud :)

  33. hopeinbrazil Says:

    Such a labor of love! When I had small children I barely had enough brain power to tie my shoelaces. Bravo on doing an incredible project when you had many other things going on. Thank you for sharing your pics with us.

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  35. breathtaking images Says:

    wow, this is amazing! The detail and accuracy in this beautiful project is astounding, GREAT WORK!

  36. Alexandra Grey Says:

    This is truly amazing. I’m designing my future house, and wanted to use Bag End (or at least elements of it) for parts of the design. But I am stuck on certain elements, i.e. the pantry. I am amazed not only at your skill, but at the depth of detail. I hope you don’t mind, but your little hobbit house is now helping me plan my own future home. This is truly a work of art!

  37. farida Says:

    Wow! Amazing! My names Farida and I’m 11 years old, is there one that you can actually purchase?

  38. Sara Waheed Khan Says:

    This is simply amazing! I remember when i was a child,I used to love the idea of miniature houses and when i came across this (i was searching for bag end) i couldn’t have been happier.beautifully done!you have an eye for details which is truly worth appreciating!

  39. Audrey Says:

    I got up this morning with the idea that I would build the coolest doll house ever. I did a little internet search for inspiration and I’ve realised that I can’t do it anymore, because you already have. This is so incredibly gorgeous that I think I’ll just stick to looking at the pictures instead of trying to make my own…….

  40. Raissa Says:

    WOW this is magnificent! All the detail! I was combing through the net for a reference picture of Bag End and wow… this is just amazing! May I link this on my blog as well?

  41. fiefylee Says:

    Speechless. Amazing! :)

  42. Laura Says:

    Surely no one with any sense could criticize you!!! Such creativity… the world can always use more. Your dedication can only be admired, and just look what you’ve done! Brava!!!!

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  44. nawjulie Says:

    Maddie.. I don’t know what to say but it is really really detail & wonderful job

  45. lidido Says:

    wow! absolutely amazing.

  46. Jami Zehr Says:

    This is amazing!!!

  47. dr.jytoti gupta Says:

    lovely!super duper likes for your work!i have seen it again and again,and would go to extremes for a chance to live in there.you are soooooooooo creative!mind blowing!

  48. UniversalOcto Says:

    This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! I so want one for myself!!

  49. Michael Wilkes Says:

    Wow, that´s incredible!!!!!! Respect to your great work!!! So many details, wish to live there :-) Best wishes from Germany, Michael

  50. Bad Stanley Says:

    I have looked at this over and over again and I am still blown away every time. It is utterly amazing. Oh to be able to live here :-)

  51. Brenda Stetler Says:

    I love your imaginative creativity! Anyone who has a negative word towards this beautiful piece of art, should be eaten by a Mountain Troll!

  52. Dominic J Beharry Says:

    That looks amazing, acually like the bag end in the films :)
    just wondering, what were the dimensions, i imagine that would be quite big!

  53. Dave Says:

    This is so awsome. I have always loves Bilbos home. I saved this link so I can just look at these pics over and over again. I also have to say you are gorgeous.

  54. bollyknickers Says:

    Exquisite..

  55. Laurie C Says:

    I love it! You’re very talented.

  56. RAFrenzy Says:

    I am just now seeing this wonderful work! Thank you for making this.

  57. carmillaweirdlove Says:

    Reblogged this on carmillaweirdlove and commented:
    This is one of the best work I’ve ever seen. Kudos to your craft and patience!!!!

  58. hjaelte Says:

    Perfections.

  59. brocolinux Says:

    Nice work ! Really

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  61. Kenneth Says:

    WOW

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  63. Hannah Says:

    Wow! How wonderful! such details!

  64. marly youmans Says:

    Cunning!

  65. Helena Says:

    This is the most perfect thing I’ve seen in my life. I keep going through the pictures and discover new details and it is so amazing! I especially like the little food items and how you made the house look so wonderfully cozy. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us LotR fans, it’s a truly beautiful piece of art you’ve created.

  66. Jeremy D. Says:

    Fantastic! Beautifully done. Enjoyed seeing these photos quite a bit.

  67. silvana Says:

    lindo seu trabalho fiquei apaixonada!

  68. ethan Says:

    Wow!! Your art inspired me to build one. I am buliding one right now.

  69. Susan Myers Says:

    Thank you Cindy, for this lovely and lovingly designed site and hobbit house. I absolutely loved looking at your wonderful work. You are definitely magical!!

  70. Aleksandar Says:

    basically this is amazingly… you only need to shot it in 48 fps and you have it all together :) It is so amazing that I believed for the moment that some propts are from the movie itself.

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  72. tzminis Says:

    I am very impressed with your work! Amazing all the little details! Cudos to you for your love of the Hobbits! – Terezinha

  73. Laureh Says:

    PHENOMENAL!

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  76. Peggy in Italy Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Well done and very well executed.

  77. Jilal Jahangir Says:

    That house looks incredibly cozy!

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  80. Mila Ortiz Says:

    this looks like it was SOOO much fun! i love it. you did a great job. do you have a pinterest page?

  81. Albert Lewis Says:

    Absolutely INCREDIBLE!

  82. theRands Says:

    I remember feeling the same way you did when I first saw Bag End in the Fellowship of the Ring :) And I was about that age when I first read the Hobbit, too.
    You are extremely talented. I stand in awe.

  83. hillemania Says:

    Absolutely astonishing, my wife and I just smiled and laughed while viewing the pictures. What a fun mom you must be!

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  87. Jerilyn Nighy Says:

    Astonishing and wondrous. Bravo!

  88. heather Says:

    you are so clever and imaginative. well done.

  89. Life Lessons Says:

    This is GREAT!! May I live in it now? Please?

  90. Arash Sepasgozar Says:

    wwwwwooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww very very beautiful :O

  91. sungyim Says:

    This is beyond amazing. I wish I was tiny so I could live inside.

  92. Bijuterii Handmade (@cat_e_bijuterii) Says:

    Magnificent ! I adore every tiny detail. Perfect :)

  93. sarah Says:

    unbelievably nerdy but equally awesome :) im jealous of your talent, looks like so much fun!

  94. Rüya Says:

    AMAZING work! I’m really impressed. That’s some serious handicraft skills you got there.
    And one last thing, they are not Gimli dolls! They are action figures! =P

  95. Yvonne Enlow Van Brimmer Says:

    I have always loved miniatures of houses or smials! That is an amazing work of art. Thank you for sharing the photos of your little piece of Middle-earth! Nai anar caluva tielyanna!(May the sun shine upon your path!)

  96. The Lord of Excess Says:

    ZOMG!!! Amazing!! AND YOU PLAY 40K?!?!? *gasp* … you ma’am are a wonder!!

  97. chelseabvdm Says:

    Reblogged this on Like a Lion and commented:
    this is so wonderful.

  98. David Clark Says:

    This would be a most enchanted place to live. If I had one wish it would be to able to spend out my days in such a dwelling. Your labor of love is not without much admiration and appreciation. I applaud your spirit, ingenuity and dedication.

  99. LindaS Says:

    I’ve read the books several times, seen the movie more than once and your work really blows mé away. You really are talented. TFS

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  101. John Callen Says:

    This is extraordinary. What a work of love. I was lucky enough to be in the cast of The Hobbit and your miniature could have been the real thing. Well done. John Callen (Oin)

    • Irene Says:

      John you’re such a gentleman. And I agree! It’s a wonder in miniature, I cannot fathom why anyone would criticise it!

  102. Creator Says:

    An amazing accomplishment, building such a accurate model of Bag End!

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    Reblogged this on Maintaining Your World.

  104. Bobbie Says:

    Fantastic!!! I didn’t see it reading the comments and such-but what did you get for the project grade? If the professor didn’t give you an A he/she is a troll! lol!

  105. Laura Says:

    So so marvellous, is so real. I like so much.
    From Spain… Felicidades!

  106. Mia Says:

    When I was small, I would make “bearhouses” for my small teddy bears. This really took me back to those feelings of utter contentment and happiness- though of course my houses were the work of a child and can’t compare with this amazing effort! Well done- all I can say is, may I use this layout for a blueprint for the day when I can afford to build a life-sized hobbit hole to live in?

  107. Gbob Says:

    Only thing that bothers me is that in the film from the inside the door on your model should be on the right were the window is. Watch the opening scene up through when gandolf comes to visit, he walks into that tube like hallway on the right, NOT into the middle room.

    And before someone goes zealot, you don’t need to have done it yourself to critique someones work.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hi Gbob did you read my full blog? I have explained there why the model is not an exact replica. Oh well you can never please all of the people all of the time

      • Elle Fagan Says:

        hi Maddie – I read your the whole blog and I understand that your version of the “smial” was different for reasons of practical construction but it is still an amazing likeness! Congratulations!

        for the casual visitor to this page: The hobbit’s home, or “smial” is like an rabbit’s round passage burrowed into a hillside, in essence, and then finished for the manlike hobbits, with all rooms in the smial …many rooms, as a rule…they like to hoard plenty of everything, and celebrate six meals a day and elaborate bathing. These many rooms branch off in either direction of the main smial passage.

    • Jeanette Rost Says:

      A 1″ scale replica of Tolkien’s floor plan of Bag End would be about 4 feet wide and 12 feet long – I know because I looked into it before I began my own mini Bag End. Unless one has a spare room for a mini Bag End, a true replica is not possible. So, one builds a mini that looks great, and evokes the feeling of Bag End – which Maddie’s does splendidly!

  108. tenminutes2breathe Says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I do a post on my blog every week on art and I would love to feature your beautiful work.
    Please let me know if I can. I will not do anything without your approval.
    Blessings, Joanne

  109. Elle Fagan Says:

    Thank you so much for this! Wonderful! If you want to, get involved in it professionally – set design and architecture and film use miniatures all the time or be museum-level creator or restorer of miniatures. They pay people money for doing such faithful work. Thanks for sharing with us.

  110. Joshua Ong Says:

    Jesus, this is brilliant! Simply brilliant. Are you by any chance thinking of selling? :D Awesomeness in extreme! Cheers.

  111. Eric Smith Says:

    I would just like to say…. wow. What you have done is simply amazing. That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Well done!

  112. Carroll the Irishman Says:

    Hi Maddie
    It’s been awhile since I last communicated with you and first, “Congratulations” on the Australia gig. That’s wonderful. So, just how does it feel to be loved around the world? Ha ha it’s well deserved. Here’s my pledge to you…….if I ever would be blessed with winning the state lottery here, I will ask you and your family to come to a new built Hobbit house after getting your detailed info on how many rooms etc. etc……. and pay you to furnish it! That includes everything airflight here and back and everything in between. You’re an incredible woman and your family is truly blessed having you as a wife and Mother. So, kick back and have an ale; smoke some weed if you’ve got a pipe (try to make a ship like Gandalf) and say a little prayer for me to win big. My very best to you and your family

  113. Clara Says:

    wow amazing!!!! love it all and the detail is fantastic my favorite is the food and the barrel of pipe weed, btw do you make models and the fimo food for a job
    ?

  114. Carolyn Siegel Says:

    Truly phenomenal! An amazing amount of work, with lots of love and passion thrown in. Well done!!!

  115. Pratik Patel Says:

    Incredible work

  116. Pierce Mingione Says:

    I am speechless! I am a huge fan of the lord of the rings series and the hobbit! This is incredible! You should be very proud of yourself! The detail was spectacular! I dont now how you managed to build that! You are very talented! Bravo!

  117. Mark Says:

    This is just astonishing. I’m amazed at the detail, accuracy and amount of work that has gone into this, but all so very worth it. I wish I were small enough to move in!!!

  118. Jenny Clark Says:

    I am and have been a miniaturist, for about 20 years and I never seen anything more beautiful,and Ive seen lots, and made lots, you are so talented in all the things you make especially the yummy food, I have seen the movies and really enjoyed them, but not nearly as much as I love looking at your wonderful creation. Thanks

  119. deijsprinses Says:

    OMG! Crazy but so beautiful! Very inspiring!

  120. Laura Rachel Fox Says:

    Amazing.

  121. Stephanie Knox Says:

    You know you’re amazing when the actor for Frodo says so, lol. I found the link to this on his twitter. What an awesome job! Your attention to detail on this was mind blowing. I’m amazed you were able to get so much into such a small miniature. It also made me happy that it went to such a wonderful home. <3

  122. cmisky Says:

    What a fantastic job. No worries about the tecnical.discreprncies. the fact that you know they exsist speaks wonders about your knowledge of the books

  123. redtinheart Says:

    Reblogged this on where0zbe and commented:
    Her attention to detail is just amazing.

  124. Lora Says:

    I just saw this shared on Google+ – what an absolutely stunning work of art with incredible attention to detail! :-)

  125. morklys90 Says:

    Reblogged this on Lovingbooks and commented:
    Oh my gosh, this is amazing *______* !!! What a wonderful thing to do, for the love of a book !!

  126. leila_lp Says:

    OMG :O This is pretty cool! Elijah just tweeted the link on the blog (https://twitter.com/#!/woodelijah/status/201777776481677312) .. I see that for the first time.. I am literally speechless…i admire your work!!!! Each of detailsis is incredible!!! Amazing!!! *applause*

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      thanks sooooo much! I wouldn’t have seen this if it weren’t for your comment :-) I have a twitter account but hardly use it. FRODO APPROVES!!! lol x

      • leila_lp Says:

        You’re welcome! He’s right! This is incredible! I’m happy that he noticed your work! You deserve it and even more! Good luck :)

  127. slept Says:

    Elijah Wood just tweeted about this! This is really amazing *_____*

  128. Mark Says:

    Wow!
    What an unreal model. This is something I have always wanted to make, you’ve done a brilliant job.
    We also have a lot in common.
    Well done!

  129. Isabela Says:

    OMG!this is so awsome!

  130. FarrelNZ Says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  131. John Johnston Says:

    just love this

  132. Muhammed Saad Khalil Says:

    Hi Maddie. I must say, this is one Magnificent Masterpiece. Yi=ou’ve inspired me. Every bit and detail, you have taken it to a whole new level, your efforts are obvious. Am truly impressed by your skills. Amazing, SIMPLY AMAZING.. I hope to pay this miniature a visit next time i go to Australia. I wish you Best of luck with your next projects. :))

    • Muhammed Saad Khalil Says:

      and yes one more thing, there is this picture with the tag ‘View through the bathroom’. I was just wondering if I could get that via email. I love the composition of that picture. Simple marvelous.. and once again Standing Ovation for you on achieving this. :)

  133. Joseph Says:

    Doing my own model right now and this is amazing. Love the detail on every corner of the “hole”.

  134. Kc_Link Says:

    This is SO unbelievably amazing!! I am SO jealous of your talent! :D

  135. Valeria Barros Says:

    Eu simplesmente amei seu trabalho, o meu sonho e tambem construir uma casinha em miniatura desse tipo… mas ainda me falta tempo e coragem… lindo, lindo, lindo! da uma expiadinha no meu blog vou adorar ter uma profissional como voce por lá… Valeria barros decorando. bjs!

  136. Boo Says:

    I have NEVER seen anything like this – Absolutely amazing – your children are so fantastically blessed to have a mother that would make this for them!
    Differences with Tolkien’s Bag-end aside, you should do this for a living. Seriously.
    Thanks SO MUCH for the inspiration!
    PS: See http://www.weefolkstudio.com/ for another beautiful wee folk site!

    • Jeanette Rost Says:

      It would probably be difficult to get potential buyers to pay enough … considering all the time and effort (not to mention love) put into this magical work of art!

  137. Livininadreem Says:

    Maddie, I want to congratulate you on the fantastical work of art you have created of Bag End! I am absolutely mesmerized by the details and wish I could shrink myself and stroll through and touch everything! Thank you so much for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your amazing work :-)

  138. jill connors Says:

    wow! i want to do this! amazing.

  139. Sherry Says:

    Absolutely stunning. Is there a way Peter Jackson can see this? or anyone from the movie?

  140. Russell Lane Says:

    Your work is beautiful. I’ve spent many happy hours looking at it. I first saw it in the dolls’ house emporium magazine. It inspired me to build my own model of Bag End, allbeit on a much smaller scale. Thank you for the inspiration! If you’re intrested click the link :o)
    Russ
    make art not war

  141. RebeccaS Says:

    This is seriously just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

  142. Kara Fisher Says:

    This is epic and there’s so much detail :D Nice work!

  143. Lesley Edwards Says:

    This is just fantastic!! It has inspired me to want to make my own! I just have no idea what Fimo is because we don’t have it here in Canada. But I definitely want to make this. You are a genius!! A true LOTR fan like myself. I’d love to start making my own doll house soon. Perhaps you could offer guidance when needed? Again, truly marvelous, it really brought the book/movie that much more to life for me. Thanks so very much!

  144. Annie Says:

    This is truly an inspiration!! More than anything, whether people say it is hobbit real life or not( like the books or movie)… NEVER let it take away from the magic it brings to so many :)

    As I was viewing the pictures.. I was taken away for awhile, I was gone to hobbit land, feeling very hobbit-ish. lol If that does the same for so many others, than you are a success, even if for just one ( me) you are a success… and I might mention, I always have these photos to come back to when I need a little escape to hobbit-ville :)

    Blessings to you and your craftsmanship!!

    Annie ( Who saw this pinned at Pinterest)

  145. Gianluca Says:

    Excellent and charming compliments!!

  146. doug brumfield Says:

    AMAZING! Im a huge hobbit, lord of the rings fan and I own a lot of the Mike Makras sculptures. This is the coolest thing Ive ever seen . What a labor of love. You should be VERY proud of your work. Maybe you should make small versions of individual rooms and sell them. Or scenes from the movies and sell them. Youd make a fortune. Plus your really cute! Are you married? Just thought Id ask.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Doug that’s a good idea – I thought about doing just the entrance hall etc before but I would miss making hobbit food lol. I can’t wait for the Hobbit movie to come out as I know I will get inspiration then and start a new one (currently working on something totally different in miniature ie not Lord of the Rings). I did actually recently get married but thanks for the compliment – you just boosted my ego :-)

  147. Brian Walko Says:

    Nice but wasn’t there at least one tunnel type hallway in it? I don’t see it in your model.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hiya – yes there was – if you read the text at the bottom of the photos, it explains why I didn’t do this.

    • Jeanette Rost Says:

      I have made part of a mini Bag End, too. Prior to starting it, I made some calculations based on Tolkien’s own drawing of the floorplan of Bag End. In 1/12 scale, Tolkien’s Bag End runs to over 12 feet long. So far, I don’t know anyone who has done it. All of the mini Bag Ends are just “tastes” of Bag End, meant to delight the viewer, not to be an exact model of either Tolkien’s floor plan, or Peter Jackson’s movie set.

      • Maddie Chambers Says:

        Thanks Jeanette! I’m going to quote you on that you wouldn’t believe how many people ask me why I didn’t make the whole thing like Tolkien intended but yeah 12 foot would have been impossible for me lol
        Do you have a website? Would love to see your interpretation x

      • Jeanette Rost Says:

        Maddie, My Bag End is stopped due to a possible move from Texas to Chile! If we do go, I wouldn’t be able to ship the structure, so I am stopped at the point of having a floor plan drawn out on a 6′ x 2′ board, with furniture placed, and a couple of the walls with round doors “faked” in cardboard, mainly so that I could get the photos from the Front Hall, through the Parlor, and on into the Kitchen – very much like the shots in the movies. I will be shipping all the contents so I can make a much larger version in Chile – I’m thinking on the flat side of a big log sliced vertically, leaving the bark on the underside. Down there, I might be able to actually do a ten or twelve foot long Bag End – heaven knows I have enough extra miniature furniture, from constantly finding things that would work better than the previous ones that I bought!

        I don’t have a website, but do have photos I could email, if you can let me know where to email. Can you see my email address?

        Jeanette

  148. Peter Alves Says:

    Das ist für jeden Herr-Der-Ringe-FAN eine absolute Augenweide. Unfassbar

  149. Steve Graver Says:

    This is absolutely amazing! The fact that you could get ANY of this done in a semester, whether totally accurate to the movie and/or book or not, and while raising kids and having any time to breathe, is just this side of a miracle. I teach a course in Basic Design for the Theatre and have my students do scale models as a final project; this raises the standard bar considerably higher. Wish I’d had you in MY class! Congratulations on a job well done, and I’m glad it’s touring so many more people can see it!

  150. Séverine Says:

    Ouaoouh, it is wonderful !!!! I adooore !!!
    I am french and my dream is to create an hobbit-house in clay… Your house is so beautiful and so magical !!! Congratulations !

  151. Daniel C_D Says:

    AMAZING work! I’m really impressed. That’s some serious handicraft skills you got there.
    And one last thing, they are not Gimli dolls! They are action figures! =P

  152. Jeanette Says:

    I have just seen your homemade hobbit hole. It´s absolutely amazing!! You should put these picture on facebook so more people could see it.

    Best wishes to you, Jeanette from Denmark

  153. my1000things Says:

    hello from germany, love your project, just pinned it on my hobbit pinterest wall, thought you might like

    take care and good luck with the proect

    cheers

    beate
    berlin Germany

  154. Toby Says:

    Are you a god?

  155. Deborah Baillie Says:

    Incredible, amazing, wonderful… really really talented!!!
    Congratulations .. I have never seen such an accurate and detailed miniature Hobbit Hole!! Wow!!

  156. allycat265 Says:

    Holy canoly! Me likee!

    Except i think the larder would be bigger…
    Lol! :)

  157. Don Niccolai Says:

    Hello. Although I have not read the LOTR trilogy 20 times I have read the at least 10 times. I am curious though. You state you loved the motion pictures as do I but at the same time I dislike them for all that was left out (notably Tom bombadil), added (the romance of Aragorn and Arwen), and changed (the Elves arriving at Helms Deep). I’d like to read your comments. Thanks. I am Don Niccolai

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      hiya
      well as I put in the blog “a lot of it DID live up to my expectations” but not all of it – they NEVER get a movie/tv program to match a book perfectly because individual imaginations are so different – for me the most disappointing thing about the whole movie was Elijah Wood playing Frodo as he looked nothing at all like my idea of Frodo. I do think that Bag End was spot on though – it looked exactly as I had imagined it.

  158. Joffre Essley Says:

    Awesome!

    I have quoted a description of House Under the Hill in the “Ficitonal Houses” page of my website http://www.house-design-coffee.com/houses-in-fiction.html

    I would love to use one of your pics to illustrate that quote

  159. MyLilMahji Says:

    I found the puzzle of your Hobbit Hole to be awesome, but it fades in comparison to what I found on the inside. It’s absolutely beautiful. The details that you’ve added are incredible. You are really very talented and thank you so much for sharing it with us all.

  160. Riley Says:

    Holy… I’m seriously considering building myself a real hobbit house, and if I do, I’m comissioning you to build the model. :D

  161. Rob Jackson Says:

    awesome work, if only I had such patience to build what lurks within my mind.

  162. Stephanie Duffee Says:

    This is simply amazing! I am decorating a trunk for Trunk or Treat like Bilbo’s living room and this helps so much! I haven’t had much luck finding stills from the movie. You could film the movie in your doll house! Bravo!

  163. Missy Says:

    Amazing! I believe these things bring out the wonder that filled us all in childhood.

  164. Chocoholic Says:

    Wow, this is a wonderful doll house! You have done an amazing job and I admire you for that :)

  165. ummar Says:

    awsome

    now i am your huge fan

  166. downhomesouthjersey Says:

    This is so beautiful! A fitting homage to The Hobbit. Tolkien is my favorite author of all time – we would not have any of the modern sci-fi and fantasy stories without him! Can’t wait to see what you do next…

  167. Watchman Says:

    Okay Maddie did you catch the mistake I made in my last message to you? Also Frodo said when he finished everything he was asked to do that the 4th age of middle earth began. Have you any idea as to what the age is today? Got a guess? I’ve wondered about that very question. Just because we don’t see Elves, Hobbits, Dwarfs doesn’t mean they’re not around. It just says we don’t know exactly where middle earth is located or what the time period is there. Don’t you agree? Okay Maddie humor me on these questions. You have heart of a Hobbit.

  168. Watchman Says:

    Hi Maddie
    Thanks for your reply and your kind words. I have a suggestion as a new project that in the movie was a beautiful place. That place was Rivendale. Being of Irish blood tho’ American born I do have an eye for Celtic work. Rivendale was full of it tho’ you can see it throughout all 3 movies. That too, if ever I was blessed with the money I would want built. I can imagine summer days lying about reading or having a place of peace just enjoying the world and life itself. I hope you’ll consider this to be a project. You’re an artist and I know that you’d have your heart in it so it would turn out beautiful. Please let me know if you would consider it okay?

  169. Hanzii Says:

    This is really amazing!!
    Excellent done :)

  170. David Says:

    Hi,

    I work at the Valley View Casino Center (contrary to the name we host sporting events, family shows and concerts) in San Diego, CA. On Thursday, October 13th, Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring will be performed at the Center. The film will be played on an emormous screen in HD set to a live orchestra (the renowned Munich Symphony). As part of this event, we are creating a Middle Earth experience on our concourse. If you live in the San Diego area, I think your work would make for a perfect addition to the concourse experience. If you are interested and live in the SD area (so you can staff the table), send me an e-mail at social@valleyviewcasinocenter.com

    For anyone interested in attending the concert (they are playing in multiple cities – check out lordoftheringsinconcert.com) in San Diego, send me an e-mail at social@valleyviewcasinocenter.com and I can set you up with an exclusive fan package.

    Thanks!

  171. Carroll the Irishman Says:

    This is truly great work that was created and as I sit here watching The Fellowship Of The Rings for probably the 38th 0r 39th time. It’s probably more than that because I watch every week the whole trilogy but I so appreciate others who love the whole idea of the Hobbits and their homes. I haven’t read all of the comments but I have searched high and low for actual photos of Bilbo Baggins interior of his home from the movie. Does anyone know of such a book? I do so hope one exist. One day if I am ever blessed I would love to build a home just like his. Better yet, to have a community of little people who would also love to take on the roles of the Hobbits and truly live a quiet, peaceful life without evil ever entering the story. Yes, I AM a fanatic when it comes to Tolkiens truly amazing story telling. The trilogy is and will always be my all-time favorite movies. Well, at least until The Hobbits movie comes out then it too probably will be ranked high as well. If some one happens to read this and know of such a book or books PLEASE leave a message here. I want to purchase it bad. Thank you and Thank you to the artist Maddie. You’ve made an old wizard very happy with your love of our friends the Hobbits

  172. rhubsknit Says:

    quite incredible!!! love all the details! You are inspiring me to return to work on my two miniature houses!!!! but will look nothing like your hobbit house!!!! :)

  173. mahogany sunbeam tutelage Says:

    You are amazing. I just love all things Hobbit!

  174. Kimberly Sutton Says:

    I cannot believe this! Absolutely amazing! What I wouldn’t give to see this in person. I am a major Lord of the Rings fan! Love the books and the movies! I hope that you continue with all the areas of Middle Earth!

  175. Black Belt Auntie Says:

    This is an amazing and truly beautiful model – what a wonderful hobby!

  176. Woman of the House Says:

    Fanastic! I want to live there! You did an astounding job!

  177. Jacques MARTEL - French Writer Says:

    Great job !

    It’s incredible… Seem like Bilbo or Gandalf will come at any moment in the rooms. Colors, textures, coziness feeling, all is perfect !
    Don’t you have in mind to do the same for the rest of Middle Earth ?

    Best regards,

    Jacques Martel

  178. enjiru Says:

    Wow! Great job! I am inspired to design my own hobbit house/hole. Thank you. :D

  179. Rachel Osef Royal Says:

    I am speechless…*bows*

  180. leftofdeth Says:

    wow, that is amazing, Such incredible detail!!! I really like your work on this piece!!!!!

  181. diego Says:

    I congratulate a great job not only on time spent but also the quality that shows

  182. Mouse Games Says:

    Thats a very nice piece of work! Maybe someday you wake up and your work is populated by real Hobbits ;)
    This is an immense work i also did make some modells for my kids train set but by far not so detailled and skilled like yours.

    If your a lotr fan and like old style text-adventures you may take a look at http://www.ragingmouse.com/play/the-two-towers-mud

    cheers
    John

  183. fif Says:

    It’s marvellous. Your Bilbo house is great. Gratulations for this work.

  184. Feda Says:

    OMG it’s just amazing…too much!!! It’s fantastic!! I’ve always made miniatures of everything but this is..THE TOP!
    I’ll follow you because you’re fabolous! just glance at my blog :)

  185. lingualatinaa Says:

    Hi all:
    it is a very beatiful work, congratulations.
    In my blog, I´m writing the phrases of the fellowships of the ring, in english and spanish languages. I have already written 40 m.

  186. Bob Minadeo Says:

    Wow. Fantastic work. Thank you for posting it.

  187. TheHobbit.MiddleEarth.NewZealand Says:

    This is amazing, the time and effort Maddie Chambers spent in creating her model of BAG END, will done Maddie 100% thumbs up from me.
    I hope you don’t mind, I have posted your link to my Hobbit Page on Facebook

  188. Richard Svensson Says:

    Hi, Maddie!

    I’m as enchanted and impressed as the rest of the world! I have a little amateur video fan project going, and I’m wondering if it would be possible for me to include one photo of your model in my film. Please contact me at loneanimator@gmail.com about this. I couldn’t make anything as perfect as this myself!

    Best regards / Richard

  189. Liz Says:

    Wow! Love you it and love Lord of the Rings!!

  190. Skippy Says:

    This is simply astounding! Such an impeccable eye for design! Every single little detail is just breathtaking! This is my someday-in-the-distant-future dream home… only in Gandalf size. :D I only hope that if I’m able to realize that dream one day, it will look as amazing as this one does! VERY Beautifully done!

  191. Norseman Says:

    The only thing more beautiful than the Hobbit hole model is the builder. :3

    I currently have plans of making my own model, but hopefully (fingers crossed) it can represent a real-life structure. It’s hard getting the dedication going to commit myself to it, though.

  192. Sedryn Says:

    Wow…I was so impressed!!! It was so awesome and I really wish I had one too :D!!! This is so great! I really liked the fact that you read “The Hobbit” and you made this…sooooo nice! I wish I could go as far as this. For now I’m into collecting the books. As a fan of LOTR and JRRT, I really am so in love with your work too!!! Inspires me all the more to be a more die-hard fan!!! Go for your passion!!!

  193. Eugene K Says:

    Great work – absolutely amazing! I’m a big LOTR and miniatures fan, so I can appretiate how much time and effort this took. It certainly shows in the outcome though – looking fantastic. The detail work that you’ve gone through while making this is truly inspiring – I was able to recognise rooms from the movie at a single glance. I’ll have to do some research on the materials you’ve used – very interesting and realistic looking!

  194. Jim Dortch Says:

    Holy Moly!! This is absolutely fantastic!!! I mean really really FANTASTIC!! I love what you’ve done.

    Thank you so much for sharing your art with the world.

  195. Mark Anders Harrison Says:

    Wow!!!

  196. Esther Says:

    Hi the house look’s really great its very amazing and beautiful! I was wondering if you could email me a picture from abouve it with the lid open so that i could see where all the rooms are in it. I havn’t read the book so i dont really know anything about it if it explains it in the book. I have always like the looks of older houses this one is just lovely you did an amazinf jod with it.

  197. Edenvale Says:

    Wow, That’s all I can say. Just amazing.

  198. jim Says:

    I enjoyed viewing your model of
    Bag End.I’m sure you enjoyed working on it. I’ve just put my website on line and thought you might be interested in taking a look at it.It’s called myhobbitshed.com. This is what I was compeled to do after watching The Fellowship of the Ring. Good luck with your future projects.

  199. comfort Says:

    wonderful! i have some how-to-advice: get “dry” papier mache and use it to make bricks and rocks n stuff. get this at a craft store ( like michaels here in the u.s.) . you will prolly find it where you bought your sculpty. i made it slightly dryer than the instructions, rolled it out and cut it to size. i covered an entire chimney with the tiny, thin bricks. i also used it to line my fireplace and to make a hearth. ( found an unfinished/hand-made wooden doll house for 3 dollars at a resale shop and completely renovated it!) it can also be used for the mortar. i used acrilic paints and dabbled until i got a great brick colour, added it to the paste before using. no “extra” painting and there are no white edges to show. it isnt strong but it’s great flooring! also go to a big home improvement store and buy cans of expanding insulation foam for projects like the walls and roofs. it can be carved when it’s dry. could also be used for stones and things. also, instead of buying ready-made accessories like furniture, vases, kitchen ware, etc: rethink bottle caps, buttons, foam board from the craft store, foam poster board, craft foam sheets (i get this at the dollar store.) we used foam sheets to make beds, using small dowels cut to size as the legs. the foam is paintable and not expensive. used plexiglass for windows. found lights and other objects at after-xmas sales. there are pre-cut “quilty” fabric pieces (mostly cotton, very easy to sew) at the craft store, too, put into a bundle. use a good fabric spray glue to put cloth together, this is not soft, so wouldn’t make nice wearable clothes. i took an xmas tree display (mini) apart and got interesting things to use as separate toys, treasure chest, even “jewels” for lights. and you can get stringed lights on some of the mini trees as well. i used a street lamp (because it was too small for my house) as a floor lamp inside. just took a piece of printer paper, cut to size and taped it to the lamp..instant lamp shade! i’m not done with my project yet, but still having fun with it. i used gift wrap paper for my roof. i cant afford a lot of ready-made items, so i improvise a lot! i hope you enjoy your other projects too! thank you for sharing all this. comfort

  200. BroChillin Says:

    This is the SO COOL!!!!!! GREAT Work!!!! :)

  201. Jen Says:

    I ended up here when a friend posted the link on FB. While I’m not a LOTR fan, I am a fan of miniatures and room boxes, etc. That you built this without any real notion of “how to” warms my heart. ;) This is just incredible and the time and love you poured into this is so obvious. It’s absolutely inspiring.

  202. Alaska Boy Says:

    I grew up on an island re-reading Hobbit and LOTR every year, and I used to dream about living in a Hobbit hole. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE AWESOMENESS OF YOUR TALENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENT HERE!!! You have unbelievable skils, patience, and creativity.

    Finding this site just made my whole day. I can’t wipe the smile off my face.

    Your twins are lucky–what an amazing childhood they’re going to have! (Just don’t let them too near your model until they’re much older!) :)

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      aww thanks a lot what a lovely comment. Hopefully the twins will inherit some of my imagination and love of literature and art etc – they already draw a mean stick man and various animals lol

  203. Tsamo Says:

    Coming from another huge LOTR fan – This is simply the most amazing thing ever. The level of detail and time you put into this is amazing and really shows. Let’s be friends :D

  204. Dr. Donald Hall Says:

    Bravo!! Outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail. Having read the Trilogy about 20 times myself I can only gaze in awe at your creation. If the Professor was alive today I believe he would give you a standing ovation. Can’t wait to see the “Prancing Pony”.

  205. Danno Says:

    Thumbs Up, Mom. Great job!

  206. Nandini Says:

    OMG this is amazing. Beautifully done and brilliant creativity. Congratulations.

    You just made me wanna live there. :D

  207. Lord of the Rings Tour Guide Says:

    Wow, that is an amazing talent you half, and such a beautiful model of bag end. The detailing is fabulous.

  208. Ron Shirtz Says:

    Outstanding! The level of detail is stunning. IMHO, its as good as anything Hollywood professional could make.

  209. Lutra Says:

    Amazing!

    Great job! So well done!

    Congratulations from Catalonia!

  210. Linda Says:

    This is just wonderful! I want to live there.

  211. DJ Says:

    awesome

  212. xaviar Says:

    outstanding

  213. katsutay Says:

    Hello, Katie here.

    I must say, this amazing thing of beauty is just fascinating! It’s so intricate, I love it! I have always wanted to get into making beautiful dolls houses like this, but at 17, I don’t have even the slightest clue about it! How did you learn to make this house?

    Again, amazing work :)

  214. Greg Says:

    It will very nice to visit your Hobbit Hole. Perfect idea and really good job! You are very talented artist. Wish you all the best! Keep up the good work.

  215. pola Says:

    Hi. This house is awesome!!! You are so talented!!!! I love this garden, I would like to know which material you used to do this garden? Can you tell me? PLEASE!! It’ gorgeous!!!! Xoxo Pola

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      hiya

      Thanks! It is warhammer scenic grass. Have you read the section ‘how I made the hobbit house’ that has details of what materials I used etc

      cheers
      Maddie

      • pola Says:

        Thank you for reply :) My english is not so good, but i will try to read this section and i hope, i will understand :D I must say that i admire your talent!!!! Maybe someday i will make so beautiful house like yours :))

  216. Ruben Kruizinga Says:

    This is so way out!!

    I have been a hobbit (and Lord of the rings) fan for years and I came across the foto’s of your self-mad hobbit hole earlier. I must say you did the best job ever!

    Ofcourse it looks nice and cosy (just as the scenery in the films is and just like you would think it would be like) just as our lives should be all the time!

    Cheers!
    Ruben

  217. nicolas CARRETERO Says:

    YOUR THE BEST!!!!

  218. nicolas CARRETERO Says:

    YOUR AMAZING

  219. nicolas Says:

    First off, I want to thank you! I’m a bit blown away by your work! I am pretty much speechless. Thank you again.

    I am one of the biggest LOTR FANS out there in this world on ours. And what you shared with me and the world is true beauty and dedication. You inspired me to create my own kitchen into a hobbit-like kitchen. I appreciate!
    thanks,
    nicolas carretero

    PS DO YOU SPEAK ELF? AND ARE YOU SINGLE? LOL

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      haha! thanks!
      I do not speak Elvish – although I am a huge fan, I do not know any people who actually do speak it (all my friends are wayyyy to ‘sensible’) so wouldn’t be much point in learning it!
      Also I am not single – I have a boyfriend and young twin boys (sorry lol)

  220. Misa Says:

    that was realy sumthin!!!!!!
    i the maps n scrolls were fascinating as well as the rugs,doors n windows

  221. deepali Says:

    you are genious daer………
    so beautiful nd so creative

  222. Artiste 3D Vincent Poirier Says:

    Its a awesome work !!! SO GREAT !! congrats i love!! :)

  223. Dawn Kidd Says:

    awesome!!!

  224. Joe Orton Says:

    This is really very inspiring. I can see a hobbit stop motion animation working very nicely here!

    Is it going to be on display anywhere soon?

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hi Joe

      thanks for your comment – sorry been offline for a while! It is on display currently at Ripley Derbyshire, but on 8th December is going to the Carlisle Dolls House Emporium for a few months

      cheers
      Maddie

  225. mellowjello Says:

    dear mads,

    I just want to appreciate how much attention you committed to detail in your dollhouse (the solidity of construction, the “Sting” replica on one wall, the portraits, the paintings, the pipe weed, the family tree, the fireplaces, the treasure chests, the clutter, the maps, the butter churn, the living room, the landscaping, the garden, the note on the gate etc etc etc) and your incredible faithfulness to the movie, especially on the tight schedule you mentioned your were under.

    i know you’ve probably seen this (it comes up right after yours on a ‘bag end’ google search), but I wanted to offer this other version as a point of comparison: http://community.livejournal.com/little_world/39277.html?page=1. At first, I was happy to note the addition of more rooms and the hanging of lights and a braid of garlic from the ceiling. but then i noticed that there just wasn’t very much attention to detail in this other version. (I especially found the living room untrue to expectations, whereas yours is exceedingly true to the movie!)

    This is truly a labor of love – it is obvious that you LOVE LOTR and were willing to put your heart and enthusiasm into this project. For that, I thank you, Peter Jackson, and JRR Tolkein.

    And I would like to part with a point of curiosity: does the small door off the kitchen near the butter churn lead to anything? Perhaps a wine cellar, or the pantry?

    Cheers,
    mellow

  226. paintbrush Says:

    This is really gorgeous. Thanks so much for making this… you bring LOTR to life just a little bit more. Beautiful job!

  227. Kiyosha Says:

    Great Doll House
    You must have worked long hours to make it so wonderful. I have been making my own Doll house, so I know how much work it takes.

    Kiyosha From Canada

  228. jessy kwee Says:

    Hi Maddie..

    I just wanna say Wow, I was amazed..i saw it and wish i could stay in your Bag End Model House in reality.
    Anyway, it’s beautiful and superb…and hope to see you doing another model house again..and it’s also nice to know that you as a mom can do this kinda thing too..
    Your children is very lucky…u’re a cool and fun mom..^_^

    Warm Regards
    Jessy Kwee from Indonesia

  229. Alvin Says:

    Well, it is always easier to find the flaws in one’s work rather than actually appreciate all the efforts and the final piece itself. I must say this is the best Hobbit House I’ve ever seen! And coming from another Warhammer player, believe me when I say that I’ve seen my shares of hobbit houses =)
    Cheers!

  230. Steve Millar Says:

    Wow…and I thought my Hobbit houses were good. Well done gal.

  231. Kelly Says:

    Good heavens, the details are absolutely astounding! I was looking for a floor plan of Bag End just for the heck of it (my husband and our 12-year-old daughter are huge Tolkien fans) and stumbled upon your site. What a gem! Hubby’s mom has done some beautiful work on a Victorian dollhouse, and your site is just full of inspiration! Not that Hobbits lived in Victorian England, mind you, but ideas such as beads for bottles and the like.

    Thank you SO much for sharing! Your children are blessed to have you for a mom.

  232. Ingrid Says:

    Hi Maddie,

    SO impressed by all our hard work! I’m actually looking for people to appear on a brand new ITV show, so sorry to post on your wall, but I couldnt find an email for you. If you’re interested please drop me a line and I will get straight back to you. Many thanks
    Ingrid
    ingrid.oreilly@endemoluk.com

  233. LegolasFFM Says:

    I just found this page while I was looking for a bag-end map…wow I m happy that I found your site. I m lost for words, you did such a great job on doing Bilbo’s bag-end.

    I love it, I cant take my eyes off of all your pics. So many cute details…its amazing. I love your beg-end :-)

    Wish I could do such beautiful work…I will show it to some friends of mine that also love LOTR.

    Many greets …keep that work…what will you build next? Lothlorien? Rivendell? :-)

    Mario (Frankfurt, Germany)

  234. Luca Says:

    Hi Manddie.

    I mind to do the article “Doll House” using photos and text of your blog. It would be a item just for your House.
    If you let us we would do a second article on how you made your Hobbit´s home.
    I think this is wonderful to show it to everyone:)

    Thank you for your attention, I hope I expressed myself correctly.

    Regards.

  235. wilbur Gregg Says:

    Well done. Time, talent and tools, working with a sense of joy. Good on you. Your work is an inspiration.

  236. Svetlana Says:

    My name is Svetlana. I’m from Ukraine. You have a “golden” hands! Bravo! Sorry for my English!

  237. Jeremy Says:

    I would be honored if you would bear my children

  238. Ray King Says:

    Simply AMAZING!!

    thank you for the inspiration, flawless. 8)

  239. Tasha Says:

    You know, Weta recently had a fire in the warehouse containing the Hobbit house miniatures and the miniatures were destroyed. Perhaps you should apply to Weta to work on recreating them? You’re certainly qualified after this beautiful, extraordinary effort.

  240. j hawkins Says:

    wow what a triumph

  241. Cool kid Says:

    this is adorablee! ^.^
    i want it! :L
    im reading this book in school haa

  242. Ricardo Santos Says:

    Hi Maddie , i´m from Portugal- lisbon . It is an spectacular work ! congratulations by this excellent work!
    how do you do thje brick´s in circular windows and in fireplace ho was a gitf of dolls house emporium?

    sorry my english.
    best regards

    ricardo santos

  243. geronl Says:

    pure awesomeness

  244. Jason Says:

    Amazing work. It is interesting to know that you are starting work on the Prancing Pony. All good practice for when you tackle Rivendell of course. Although I would never attempt such a project myself, I think posting a “how I did it guide” would be fun to read. Naturally, I think many are curious as to how you accomplished such an amazing task. Hope you make more and maybe someday attempt an even larger Bag End!

  245. Jann Says:

    I AM SPEECHLESS! This is beyond beautiful. I have been researching building earth-bermed houses and I was looking for pix of them and came across your site. My husband and I are intending to build a full-sized bermed house in the southwest USA, and want it to be organic, fluid and hand-built. I had intended to draw my ideas, but after seeing what you’ve done, I see that I need to do a model so I can fully realize my vision. I appreciate hand-made craftwork and you’ve inspired me. I would love to see your house sent on tour across the pond for Americans to enjoy!

  246. Grace Says:

    Wow, so it IS your hobbit hole going on display at the Dolls House Emporium! That is so cool. Congratulations! (I just googled your name.)

    And as always, I love love love looking at your pictures.

  247. Richard Bromley Says:

    Creativity, detail and craftsmanship 10/10! Brilliant.

    I hope this inspires more people to have a go.

  248. dave Says:

    You are truly a mistress of maquette. Your kids are very lucky to have such an artistic and fun mom. Keep being so super creative.. those pictures just blew my mind.

  249. Karen Peters Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! You are my hero! Working on this while taking a class and taking care of twins! i have one at home now and I am amazed. It is a beautiful labor of love!

    Sincerely,

    Karen M.M. Peters

  250. argon31pf Says:

    You are awesome!

    Thank you for doing this and thank you for sharing it.

  251. Scott Buchanan Says:

    Madam:

    Excellent work and disreguard the critics. You captured the look and feel of Bilbo’s home. Your efforts and creativity should be justly rewarded. Well Done!

    Charles Scott Buchanan
    Lipan, Texas
    currently in Baghdad, Iraq

  252. Paulo Henrique Says:

    You’ve done a really great job! Amazing!
    Congratulations! :D

  253. setzer Says:

    wow!! amazing, fantastic, wonderful. Your work is beauty. Congratulations from Mexico City.

  254. Bruce Culver Says:

    Great job , Didyou see the Bag End floor plans ? I have a copy if you want one . Take care. BC

  255. shellbyfay Says:

    Maddie you are one heck of a genuis!!

    I first saw your creation on the dolls house emporium website. My mom and i were gazing at the photos for nearly a whole day. The amount of detail you have put into the hobbit hole is astounding! If you’ll let me, could i post a link and description of your hobbithole on my blog? And possibly a photo to go with it?

  256. Vanda Marton Says:

    WOW!!
    I see you in a Hungarian magazine….and….
    Your work is very fantastic and amazing….
    so..
    I LOVE IT!!!

    Congratulation!!

  257. Tigrecill0 Says:

    It’s a great work. You’re too skilful!!!

    Congratulations!!!

  258. Peggy Matulewicz Says:

    WOW, this is totally amazing! Other then this website, has your Hobbit Hole been published? I want to share this with others, including those that don’t have on-line access… plus I enjoy collecting books and magazine articles on others miniature collections! Do you have any other projects in mind? Do you sell your minis, other then the fimo foods? If not, you should! Mini THANKS for sharing :-)

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hi Peggy
      It has been in a couple of newspapers over here in England – Metro, Telegraph and ‘chat’ magazine.
      I am currently making ‘The Prancing Pony Inn’ but progress is a bit slow – it doesn’t have the same fantasy appeal to me – looking still ‘house like’ whereas Bag End captured me a lot more. I will get there though!
      I haven’t sold anything miniature yet – but I would definitely consider it if there was the market for it.
      Maddie
      x

  259. Jenn Says:

    Wow. Just wow. I am impressed with the detail and the beauty of this set. Thank you so very much for sharing this with everyone.

  260. Sabrina Says:

    I love it! It is the most detailed miniature sized hand made house/hobbit hole I have ever seen! It is sooo cute! It’s making me want to make one too! And I think that is awesome that you are now making “The Prancing Pony!!!” I am 11 years old and I love LOTR!

  261. Diehl Art Gallery Says:

    Wow, unbelievably incredible! Keep up the great work!

  262. Ruth McArthur Says:

    great fan of the movies and I love your wee house it’s beautiful and every detail is perfect. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  263. sophie Says:

    You are my hero.

  264. Beth On The Harbor Says:

    This has to be not only one of the Coolest Tolkien based projects I have ever seen, but the absolutely most fantastic home built miniature I have ever seen.
    All the lighting, and food, and furnishings.. This is the Bag End I pictured reading The Hobbit as a child. “It was a Hobbit Hole and that meant comfort.
    I can just see chubby little Bilbo sweeping out the firegrate, or in making pasties in his kitchen.

    I cannot wait to see what you do with The Prancing Pony

  265. Fred Miller Says:

    This is stunning. I’m not a fan of the books at all. And I’ve seen the movies only once. But the magic really came alive in your hands. You are a marvel.

  266. Glenn Says:

    Job well Done Nice work Glad to see another big fan of one of the best movie made.

  267. Glenn Says:

    My brother showed me your site with your pics I too am a big fan and have made my own a little while back Istill have a bit more to go on it . However mine is alife size wooden piece made out of many different woods. If you would like to see it, send me your email address and I’ll send you a pic. of it . Glenn

  268. Brian Hammack Says:

    My wife and I have decided to build an Earth sheltered house and since both of us are Tolkien fans and decided to build it the style of Bag End. In my research online for ideas I came across your Hobbit house project. Beautiful job by the way. I have gotten many good ideas from examining your pictures and wanted to thank you for the awesome job you did in documenting it. You can follow our progress at our blog http://ourundergroundhouse.blogspot.com its still very early in the planning stages but might be something you find interesting.

  269. Naomi Says:

    You’re incredible! Don’t listen to anyone who makes dumb nitpicky suggestions. I have never seen anything like this!

  270. Sarah Says:

    This is absolutely amazing!!! I am thoroughly jealous, and want to start making one like this immediately!! Excellent job, and very inspiring!

  271. Lauren Says:

    Breathtaking. I am so glad I stumbled upon your page today. Your talent is phenomenal. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful masterpiece!!

    South Carolina, USA

  272. Liath Says:

    Thank you for sharing this visual feast! Such incredible detail, and to have added Thror’s map is just breathtaking.

    Can I ask, in the hobbit living room, on the right of the mantlepiece shelf, in front of the chest, is that a pipe or a candle-snuffer?

  273. Hardik Says:

    This is just awesome…..the details are mindblowing…kudos Maddie!!

  274. Claire Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! My inner child is jumping and clapping in joy while the adult in me is just in awe of the workmanship.

  275. Anne Marie Says:

    Wonderful job – wow! Do you have a close up of the statue of Frodo and Sam? That would be cool to see.

    I’m writing a book on the spirituality of LOTR if you would like to take a look – http://www.momentsofgracelotr.com and my blog about it – http://momentsofgracelotr.blogspot.com. Please pray for me and it! Le hannon!

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie :)

  276. Bill Says:

    Wonderful! I can relate to your working method. I too am a perfectionist and all my handmade projects take on a life of their own; I may start with a small idea but before I know it I am making an elaborate, detailed whatever and it consumes me until I am done.
    I think it is great that you let your imagination wander and guide you to make such a wonderful model. Keep up the good work Maddie!
    Bill
    Virginia, USA

  277. phoenixweasley Says:

    This is just beautiful! You are an incredibly talented person. Thanks for sharing this amazing work of art with all of us. :)

    I am posting a link to this post on my blog. I am an author who blogs about Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Narnia at http://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com.

  278. Erin Says:

    Absolutely brilliant work. Well done! I wish I could shrink myself and live in your house myself!

  279. The Mad Hatter Says:

    Lovely. Absolutely lovely. I cannot think of enough superlatives to cover the beautiful work you’ve done.

    As to being able to actually match the book, well, Tolkien wanted to give a good impression of how posh Bilbo and his family were, and well, he went just a bit overboard. Still his description does stick in your mind!

  280. Vickey B. Says:

    Wow! You are one incredibly talented and patient person. Awesome job! Thanks for sharing. :)

  281. Jaime Says:

    You are a beatiful person, the house is incredible

  282. starrball Says:

    This is amazing, I love miniatures and photos lol…. Where do you live hahaha? I’d love to see this thing in person.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      I live in chesterfield, england. Actually the house is going on display for a while at my local dolls house emporium (Ripley) soon so if you are anywhere near there, you could pop and have a look!

  283. Daniel G Says:

    Fantastic work! You have really captured the feel of Bag End.

  284. lowo Says:

    Awesome!!! Awesome!!! Awesome!!

  285. Pearl Took Says:

    This is incredible! Obviously a labor of love. You have a real gift for making models!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    Hugs,
    Pearl Took

  286. Bill Says:

    Great work! However, if this is supposed to be Bag End the layout is incorrect. It should be laid out sort of like an elongated crescent shape. Check the book the Hobbit Companion for an illustration of Bag Ends Interior layout.
    The outside and inside detail work is out of this world! I wish I could make my self small and live in there!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      thanks – I’d love to live there too
      if you read the bit in bold at the bottom of my post you will see the reasoning behind the layout (as well as links to pictures of the layout as Tolkien intended)

    • Denise Says:

      I have a suggestion for all who complain about the layout, or constuction of this ladies beautiful Hobbit Hole….make one yourself if you want it 100% correct. I have made dollhouses before, it is a labor of love that is very expensive and tome consuming.

  287. jd Says:

    I /love/ what you’ve done with the place! It’s AWESOME!
    it’s so worth ten hearts! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  288. ikoox de alan hetfield Says:

    hey maddy .. you \m/ .. this is the only time i spent my precious time to watch some pictures on internet .. but your story .. and your work and the comments which you leave belowe the picture forced me to go through all this .. i love this .. yeah i thought ppl who do these kinda stuffs are geeks .. but trust me after seeing your work now i learnt one lesson .. ” never let anyone’s work down . o never judge ppl by their work o look ” so its a damn kwl thing by you ..
    ps . can i post this link to my face book profile . i have 1500+ friends so let them see your talent =)

    again You Rock \m/
    -ikooox-

  289. JCS Says:

    Absolutely jaw-droppingly amazing. Beautiful work, deserving thunderous applause.

  290. Jeena Says:

    Ever since I was a girl and my big brother bought me The Hobbit, I have desperately wanted to live at Bag End. I think if I ever had the money to build a home, it would resemble Bag End as close as humanly possible.

    I’m so excited to see that you’re going to do the Prancing Pony, too! This is really a masterful piece of artistry, and the love and passion you have for your work shows clearly.

    Best of luck to you!

  291. Allyson Says:

    Absolutely brilliant, painstaking, work. I’m in awe!

  292. Scott Says:

    Awesome, thanks….

    It all in the details!!

  293. Jared Brown Says:

    This captures hobbiton so gracefully that you should submit it to the museum of fine arts let me know when you create life sized clothing and I would love to buy it

  294. Christina Says:

    i’m speechless and amazed by how much detail and love you’ve put into this most wonderful dollhouse! i’ve never seen anything remotely awesome, you have my deepest respect!
    and i’m convinced that if i’d ever buy my kids a dollhouse, it would have to look like yours! ;)

  295. Pam Says:

    This is the most awesome small model i have ever seen! The amount of detail you have put in to it is amazing! You are an artist and craftswoman. You inspire me!

  296. Jane Says:

    Maddie,
    Thank you so much for doing this project and sharing it with the rest of us. I love it, love it, love it! I actually made my husband come over several times and look at the pictures as I scrolled through. I used to make miniature rooms as a kid, and I also spent some time as a professional model maker (a job for which you are eminently qualified!). Now I’m itching to create a big little something of my own. Gotta go clear off the dining room table and find my exacto knife.

  297. Chris Says:

    This is so cool. Thanks for the little cheer up. :)

  298. James Says:

    Wow that is simply amazing to put such a simply ungodly amount of detail into it.

    Seriously 10/10 best model ive seen even better than some stuff ive seen from hollywood.

  299. Castiron Says:

    This is amazing and beautiful work! Well done!

  300. Malcom Says:

    Wow! it looks like real!
    it’s really fantastic! splendid!

  301. Laurene Wells Says:

    Awesome! Truly a beautiful work of art! You could definitely do this professionally, if you aren’t already. If not making 3D models out of physical objects, you could certainly do worldbuilding in a 3d game environment. You have a wonderful talent!

  302. Mari Says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  303. Julie Anne Burton Says:

    Wow. That’s really something. Very beautiful, fabulous attention to detail.

    I don’t know what part of the country you’re in (if you mentioned it, it’s left my mind), but with that as an audition piece you could probably get work in a special effects house’s miniatures dept..

  304. Susan Says:

    Glorious! What a wonderful project, but as another mother of twins, I have NO idea where you found the time!

    I’m sure someone has already mentioned this to you, but just in case: if you want to see what it would really look like *while the roof is on*, so as to see the full effect of both natural and your in-place lighting, you could put little cameras, made for robotics, in the rooms temporarily, and get the full effect.

    Any which way, your kids are terribly lucky to have such a cool mom! Keep up the great work!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      that’s a really good idea susan – that was one of the things that was hardest for me to work out – my camera is just a standard digital camera but even that was too big to fit inside the pantry etc so the pictures took me a long time!!

  305. Matt Andrews Says:

    Amazing work – you’ve got a skill! Peter Jackson, get this woman working on The Hobbit!

  306. bobboxox Says:

    This is incredible. I was using StumbleUpon and your website came up and I’ve already bookmarked it (and sent it to my father, as we are both fellow Hobbit fans!). Don’t let anyone get you down about your use of artistic license, this is an outstanding model! Great job, I truly enjoyed reading your entire page!

  307. Sam Says:

    Woah that is truly a work of art, such detail!

    Well done

  308. Monica Says:

    Wow! Great Job!

    Did you work with any particular Miniature or or Hobby Store for supplies?

    Thanks.

    Monica

  309. Virginia Says:

    I can’t believe people would knock you for not having rounded walls! That’s so crazy to me!
    You have obviously put so much love and commitment into this project, and it was so worth it! It’s absolutely beautiful. It should be in a museum!
    Wonderful work, and thank you for sharing!

  310. Susanne Dietze Says:

    Words can’t describe how delightful this is! May I post a link on my blog? Looking at your pictures was like taking a little holiday. Thanks!

  311. Deva Says:

    Words are not enough to describe such work. You are amazing and so patient to have done all that work with clay and all the little details that are so well done…i’m just amazed. Thank you thank you for sharing your hard work with the rest of us (yes, i’m a geek as well, nerd, or whatever a girl who goes nuts for this stuff is called anymore). Awesome, again thank you for creating this and thank you again for sharing it with us.

  312. GRUD Says:

    Greetings from Southeast Missouri, USA!

    I followed a link here from a gaming website, ClassicBattleTech.Com. The people that posted there were impressed with your work, and I have to agree with them! Your Masterpiece is Incredible, and to call it Amazing is a TERRIBLE understatement! I’m totally in Awe of your skill and what you’ve achieved with your “On-going Project”. Has Peter Jackson started bothering you yet, wanting to buy it from you when you’ve finally “Finished” it? =D

    I can see why you wouldn’t want to scuff that beautiful front door, and I agree that Bilbo would’ve had it fixed in the intervening years. I also see your logic for not going with curved walls, as well as the other “Artistic License” changes you had to make. You’ve done an Excellent job, and the rest is simply trivial details. I’m sure Mr Tolkien himself would’ve been impressed with your work. The inside is as Beautiful as the outside, and the outside is Gorgeous!

    Outstanding work, simply Outstanding. As others have said, Thank You for sharing this with us.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      thankyou thankyou!
      Peter Jackson hasn’t started bothering me yet, but I figure he is just too busy working on The Hobbit movie at the moment – I am sure I am on his ‘to do list’ (er not literally LOL) :-)

  313. Gimli Says:

    You have done amazingly well by my dear friend Bilbo. I look at these and can picture him moving about the place.

  314. Linda Sullivan Says:

    Loved your site. Check mine out. I work in 1/12th scale. What scale did you work in?
    Linda

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hi Linda

      The scale is just under 1/12th. I have never had or worked with dolls houses before so I had no idea there was a standard scale! I just built the frame as hoc then realised all the furniture I could buy would be a bit too large so I spent a lot of time cutting legs off or building the furniture myself.
      I have had a quick look at your website it looks amazing. Unfortunately my laptop is on its last legs – I bought it with the intention of upgrading it, but with one thing and another it never happened and it is now about ready for the skip so looking at your website was painfully slow. As soon as I get chance I will beg/borrow (not steal!) a computer and have a proper look. Do you sell your work?

      Maddie

  315. Bill Peschel Says:

    This is absolutely marvelous, a stunning display of craftmanship, design and sheer determination. I’m proud of you!

    • Danno Says:

      I never post on these sites. Found this by chance. Love Tolkien. And Love your “Hobbit Hole.” Great job, mom!

  316. Sheree Negus Says:

    You did an amazing job…I am nearly speechless. I want you to come be my consultant someday to build a full-size hobbit home: this is exactly my dream home. I nearly cried with the sight of it!!!

  317. Heather Says:

    Beautiful!

  318. Heather Says:

    I came to your site via a friend’s link on FB. I bookmarked it right after my first click to enlarge one frame. Holy crap!!! The detail is incredible. I have always wanted to do tiny scale models of buildings (my dream is do a scale model of Coronation St.) and am truly inspired by this. This is my third or fourth time back here since I first saw your labour of love last week.
    I am a little more amazed every time.

  319. ChrisG Says:

    God I hope it’s insured!
    I can’t believe you aren’t profoundly nearsighted after all that close work.

    Ok, now its time to start on the starship Enterprise!

  320. tudza Says:

    Very nice. This would be a model of what was in the movie rather than what is described in The Hobbit I expect. In The Hobbit, the plan of the hole is one long central hall that winds about with rooms coming off of it and it sounds like there are lots of rooms. Probably a bit much to model completely and not as clear as what you can see in the movie.

  321. Brian Engler Says:

    Wow!! Just . . . wow!!

  322. Jennifer Says:

    OMG! I’ve always wanted to do this! Now I don’t have to cause you did it and so wonderfully! You’ve captured the spirit of Bag End perfectly! I’m bookmarking your site so I can come back again and again and browse. Brilliant job!

  323. Julia Baumann Says:

    Really cool!

  324. Mike W Says:

    That is so beautiful I have tears in my eyes.

    Mike.

  325. Objective Perception Says:

    Holy $#!*!!

    I am enough of a Tolkien fan(atic) to appreciate the depth of love in this labor.

  326. Ana Goffe Says:

    Amazing, awesome, wonderful, incredible, fabulous etc can’t really describe the amount of passion, skill and time that you put into this project. The house looks so cozy, I really wish I could live there!
    I love Tolkien’s world, but my imagination always failed to provide such a detailed and thorough picture of Bag End. And now I can see it right before my eyes. Thank you!

  327. Luciano A.Santos Says:

    Awesome!!!!!! Congrats.

  328. Kelly Beutler Says:

    Fantastic!
    Of course you know you have a museum piece there.
    I have only read the Lord of the Rings 8-9 times, I need to get busy! I miss Middle Earth already!
    I can’t make a doll house, but my own response to Middle Earth was the learn to play the Irish whistle in D (heard on the theme, Many Meetings). Of course this theme was one of the first songs I learned on the whistle! And of course, I carry the whistle in the woods and play it there!

  329. Ellen Says:

    Amazing, just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this obvious labor of love.

  330. Melanie Says:

    You have inspired me! This is amazing and now I must make something too!!! ^_^

  331. Rodrigo Motta Says:

    You are insane! :D

  332. nancy wisser Says:

    Wonderful! And I had tears in my eyes when Gandalf came to Bag End, too!

  333. Frank Schenk Says:

    Wow, thats amazing. All the details and the love, i’m speechless. Wonderful. I would like to love in there :)

    Greetings from Germany! You’ve got fans there too!

    Frank

  334. Lloyd Says:

    Awesome! Great work.

  335. pete Says:

    man, this was my idea for a school project and i by chance came across this on the internet at the same time i decided to do this. great job. must of took alot of supplies.

  336. Tim Says:

    You just won at life. This is incredibly amazing! The level of dedicated detail that’s gone into this is immediately apparently, not being one who has an eye for such crafts, or the lore of Lord of the Rings, I can only begin to imagine the details I’m missing here…. Truly, this is a master piece! Amazing effort!

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  338. L Wizzel Says:

    Madeleine, this is a thoroughly professional piece. You ought to look at Dwarve Forge’s website and see about using their stuff as a basis for a 15mm rivendell – save you loads of time and their stuff is as professional as yours. 15mm scaled would reduce Rivendell to a manageable size and since you make most everything anyway, would not be harder. I came here from there site, where a poster linked to your amazing work.

    COngratulations

    Least Weasel

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hiya! thanks for the recommendation – just looked at Dwarven Forge and they have some cool stuff. I will bookmark it and when I finish the prancing pony, I will look into making a tiny 15mm rivendell – it’s a great idea because I will definitely have room for something that size!

  339. Don Says:

    You rock! The detail is amazing… always wanted part of my house to be like that since i was a kid. Are you single? : )

  340. Jon Gibbs Says:

    Excellent!

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  342. Stephanie O Says:

    OH MY GOD! I have TEARS in my eyes! This is the the most Wonderful, Whimsical homage to LOTR I’ve seen! The details are exquisite, the rendering so thoughtful and loving — I’m certain J.R.R. himself would be deeply moved.

    PLEASE keep on with your delightful creations and posting pictures. I hope someday those of us who are “all thumbs” will be able to buy exact replicas of your beautiful little worlds!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      oh thanks Stephanie!! don’t worry I intend to carry this hobby on for as long as I can – I’d love to sell them too, but just don’t think I’d be able to make them cheaply enough to make a profit!!
      Weta Workshop have a fantastic mini bag end coming out for sale soon I found out the other day http://www.wetanz.com/bag-end-collector-s-edition/
      If I had the money, I would definitely buy one they look ace

  343. Jeff Says:

    What a brilliant labor of love. Brilliant. Gorgeous and amazing.

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  345. Jenny Says:

    I want to live there. Very remarkable detail work!

  346. El Supremo Says:

    Fantistic, and a nod and a wink to you!

  347. The Hungarican Chick Says:

    Wow. I can’t believe this.. it’s AMAZING.

  348. meemo Says:

    Wow, wow, and more wow!

  349. Linah Says:

    I nearly died when I saw this! You HAVE to make Rivendell, because it’s the best place (and prettiest) in the whole movies! <3

  350. SPQ Says:

    This is so ridiculously awesome!!!!!!!
    I love it so much!!!

  351. Ben Says:

    This is wonderfully detailed and fiendishly brilliant! When do you start work on Rivendell?

  352. Mark Mandel Says:

    This is magnificent! Thanks to my sister W for pointing me to it. I’m posting a link on my blog.

  353. Wendy Says:

    Wonderful! I read about the orange outfit you snagged from that free doll. I do tiny knitting, and it might be fun to make a little outfit! Let me know if this sounds like fun to you so I can get measurements, etc. :)

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      ooo yeah that sounds cool!
      anything in a normal dolls house doll size would fit (1/12th) (probably a child doll though) although I’m really not that pedantic :-)
      someone suggested that I tried mini knitting myself but I am rubbish at knitting lol

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  355. BookMoot Says:

    Oh My Goodness!!! I am a certified, bona fide, sanctified, clarified, rarefied LOTR fan and doll house fan and this is simply, utterly, totally, undoubtedly, the most AMAZING, FUN, SPLENDID realization of a dream that I have ever seen. Brava! Thank you so much for sharing so much of your beautiful creation!

  356. Aths Says:

    As a devout LOTR fan, I can tell you how very amazed I am with this creation. It is so beautiful and really perfect! It’s exactly like I would imagine Bag End to be! WOW!

  357. mrlaurie Says:

    Amazing.

  358. soozie Says:

    What a creative person you are. It is just as I imagined it also. just beautiful!!

  359. lim Says:

    This is wonderful, completely wonderful. I’m staggered you managed to do all this with two babies. You’re amazing.

    It’s a really beautiful thing you have made. Props. And you’re right, Bag End was perfect in the film. I had always imagined Bilbo to look like Ian Holm (I guess because of the Borrowers when I was little) and I had always imagined Bag End to look like *this*.

  360. Leeloo Says:

    WAUW!!! :D That’s amazing! :D Great work ;)

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  362. backstagepiphany Says:

    this is absolutely beautiful. the painstaking detail you’ve put into this is breathtaking. well done!

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  365. Finrodel Says:

    Ni meren an ngovaded vîn, mellon Meddie
    [Sindarin:I am happy about our meeting, friend]

    I am very impressed with this handiwork of beauty an love…

    It reminds me of all the work of love that has been put into the virtual world of Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO MMO Game).
    Not only the Hobbit Holes in the Housing Area near Michel Delving or the Town of Bree, but many more places of Hobbits, Men (including Men of Old), Elves, Dwarves (I will not mention the evil builders).

    I suggest you go visit us there and walk (and live) in that wonderful world created by artists from that dream Tolkien has given us all…

    Finrodel Morninglory, Elf Minstrel
    Leader of The Orchestra of Eriador, lotro EU Laurelin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOkE3kp4qRE

  366. Dean Says:

    This is the first time I have commented on a blog, and I just want to say AMAZING!!! Your eye for details is brilliant, and I love what you have created here. All the best!

    Kindest regards,
    Dean from NZ :)

  367. Gloria Says:

    I am so amazed at the intricate work and imagination, the work is simply irresistible. It reminds me of miniature things that children can relate to quite easily, while the adults fumble about, and kids have their eyes set on all the flub that is effecting their formative years. Someplace between knowing what the mind knows, and the stuff they are being taught. The places that kids tend to visit, if it is only even in the mind still reflect the conflict that is taking place, poor kids need to breathe this stuff in and be able to reflect the real messages, to their interpretation. That takes place in developing imagination, and the ability to formulate incredible places that adults have problems seeing. The kids thankfully have formative eyes, that would be quite happy to visit with trolls, hobbits and other wee folk. Great Stuff Laura you are truly inspiring.

  368. Pat Says:

    Your work is so inspiring!

    About Bilbo’s mithril (excuse spelling) vest. Have you considered knitting one from silverr thread using toothpicks? Hobbit size sweaters and other atire could be made the same way. Let me know if I can help with this.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      I never thought of that Pat – to be honest though, my knitting is DIRE. I managed to knit a harry potter scarf once, but my mum cast on and off for me and it was a VERY simple knit one row, perl one row!!!

  369. Gloin Says:

    I… buh… guh… marry me?

  370. ladyiolanthe Says:

    This is brilliant!

    You are not alone: I’ve had a cottage kit I’ve been meaning to turn into Radagast the Brown’s cottage (well, I suppose we don’t really know where he lives, actually, but I always sort of pictured him in a cottage in a wood surrounded by animals). I haven’t yet because I wanted to wire it so I could put glowing coals in the hearth and have some candles or lanterns about. However, this fall, I’ll be going to a camp with my mother, who is a much more accomplished miniaturist than I am, and a lady there has agreed to teach me how to dollhouse wiring.

    I also have Lord of the Rings action figures… a whole cabinet of them. My Treebeard action figure may well visit Radagast often, once I have that project built. :)

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      oh you will have to send me pictures when you are finished! great idea, and I bet you are right about the cottage in the wood!
      wiring is actually really easy – it was one of the things I was going to leave out, but a lady in a miniature shop assured me I would be fine doing it (and I was)
      have great fun at the camp – it sounds great.

  371. Christine Scarecrow Says:

    That is AMAZING. Some of those interior pictures are so convincing that could have been taken of a full-sized room. So mpressed!

  372. Hanna Says:

    You are my new idol. I’ve read my share of blogs but I have never posted a comment before. But you are just fantastic. I’m in awe.
    I’m a huge fan of Tolkien and his Ring-trilogy, and Peter Jacksons movies will be my favourite movies til the end of days.
    I’m both jealous and impressed.

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  374. Ingebjørg Says:

    wow! just…WOW!!!!!!! awsome!! and i so wanna live there!! :D:D

  375. Mongoose Says:

    This is fantastic! I am not a Tolkein fan, but I do not need to be to find this amazing. Your detail is so great.

    Spectacular!

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  377. Kerry A Says:

    I am utterly speechless! I could curl up and live in this amazing and wonerful masterpiece. I am a huge fan of Lord of the rings and you have paid a fantastic tribute! I can see the thought, love, time and energy that has gone into this.
    I think Peter Jackson and WETA would be very very impressed!

    So what’s next? Rohan? and maybe the rest of middle earth!

    WOW!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Thanks Kerry! I actually posted a link to the blog on Weta Workshop’s facebook fan page and they replied saying ‘that is awesome’ I was like a kid on Christmas morning waking up to find Santa sat there with presents including my very own flying reindeer! (ok well maybe not THAT excited but it was amazing for me to gain their ‘approval’!)

  378. Chadapillar Says:

    ***Gasp***

  379. Maerian Morris Says:

    Maddie, it’s so delightful seeing all the positive response to your really extraordinary labor of love. With regard to the occasional concerns that you have taken artistic liberties in your interpretation of Bag End (as depicted in book and film), I can only say that you are handling the absurdity of what is basically fundamentalism with great dignity. While I deeply understand the almost manic enthusiasm and passion that Tolkien’s work inspires, I think this passion is best expressed and honored through inspiration such as yours rather than dogged attempts to find where and on what page you misinterpreted his descriptions (loved the funny satiric comment about the tilt of the quill–hilarious!). Your work is exceptional and lovely and captures the warmth and ‘hominess’ of the Shire in a way that I have rarely experienced. We see a lot of mythopoeic works playing with language and poetry, and less tribute paid via the visual and 3 dimensional arts–so as someone interested in a combination of approaches to mythopoeia I thank you. I would like to put a link to your pages on my website sidhevair.org which treats with such issues may I have your permission to do so? In deep gratitude! –Maerian

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      I would be honoured to have you link from your website to my blog Maerian – go for it! Thanks for the lovely comments – and yes the quill comment made me laugh a LOT :-)

      • Maerian Morris Says:

        Thanks Maddie. A link is now up along with a bit of description and a bit of a rant about fundamentalist approaches to mythopoetic inspiration. The link is off our resources page and can be found at: http://www.sidhevair.org/Resources.html

        If you get the chance to click around a bit in the site (try glimpses for example) I will have had the chance to share a different version of 3D inspiration with you and if any of the art you find there touches you even a fraction of the way your work has touched me, I will be very glad.

        Really, your work is delightful. (and your twins are cute too!) THANKS!

  380. RoyoftheRings Says:

    WOW! Anyone posting critical comments should just build their own model. I am looking forward to seeing them. It is wonderful Maddie. You are very talented and must truly love the Hobbit and LOTR!!

  381. gene Says:

    Awesome. Really well done. What is an “A4 type size model”? A reference to scale?

  382. Dan Says:

    This is amazing, you are awesome, we should get married! :)

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  384. Vannessa Says:

    This is absolutely fantastic. Such attention to detail and so wonderful to just look at. This is something I guess you and your family will treasure forever! Can’t wait to see the Prancing Pony next!

  385. nieves Says:

    Solo decirte que es una preciosidad, me encanta.
    Besos desde España.
    Nieves

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  387. tonybaldwin Says:

    This so ROCKS!
    Wanna come state-side and make a life-sized one to live in?
    (Wouldn’t that be cool?)

  388. Denise Lovell Says:

    Fantastic work!! One of my favourite parts of the first LOTR movie is where Gandalf walks into Bag End as I’d done it so many times in my imagination. You must be so proud of your achievement Maddie :-)

  389. Yewtree Says:

    That is completely and utterly awesome.

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  393. Olxter Says:

    ok. im moving in this house now.

  394. Satine Says:

    WOW!!!! That is absolutely incredible. I’m wowed by the attention to detail and furthermore the lighting which is superb. Excellent work on this – I would definitely buy one :D If you made some figurines of Bilbo and co you could make your own Hobbit movie using that as the set!

    Congratulations, I’m going to let all our players know over at http://www.lotro-europe.com

  395. Bram Says:

    Absolutely amazing, as a fellow model enthusiast and LOTR fan seeing this is absolutely awe inspiring. i am deeply impressed and cant wait to see any more additions you may make in the future!!

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  397. fiver Says:

    Maddie, almost perfect. The quill near Thror’s Map is leaning to the left while Bilbo was clearly right handed :P

    Kidding. It’s just amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  398. Mardo Says:

    Magical, Mesmerizing and Bravo!!!! ; )

  399. madamebin Says:

    wow!! love the miniature!!! they all look so realistic!!
    admire your patience to work thru all of them :)
    GREAT JOB!

  400. KtShy Says:

    This is absolutely fabulous, thank you so much for sharing!!!! I was drooling over the pictures for half an hour :D Congrats on pulling off such a beautiful project!

  401. Shadilly Says:

    I love this! It is totally amazing and you are so talented. <3

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  405. Eru Says:

    Completely amazing. I, too, can’t wait for the Hobbit movie.

    Are you planning on doing something else like this from lotr universe?

  406. Mikko Meriläinen Says:

    Amazing stuff, truly.

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  408. Jim Rosado Says:

    Your work is spectacular. The level of detail is absolutely exquisite as is the quality of work. As a hobby I build military dioramas and ww2 military vehicles so I attend a lot of shows and competitions that feature exquisitely detailed dios. Few that I have seen compare in detail to your.I especially like your ground work. Very realistic and convincing

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Oh cheers Jim! Good to get encouragement from other modellers

      • Jim Rosado Says:

        Hi Maddie, I don,t mean this in a sexist way so please do not be offended. It is more common here in the States to see what you are doing as a ” mens” hobby. Because of your level of proficiency and skill I would like to ask 1, how long have you been in the hobby or are you more into doll houses, dios, scale modelling, etc. because yuo have basically incorporated facets of each of those hobbies, and 2 is this your first piece on this scale of complexity, and 3, what scale are you working in. I did note your warhammer gaming hobby thing. Another comment, here in the States most of the people into warhammer are teenagers and adult males that do not have girlfriends. You however are quite lovely and I have seen a distinct characteristic with the Europeans that see it more as an art form, as do I. I happened to attend a show in Valley Forge, Pa. on Saturday called MFCA [ Miniature Figure Collectors of America] similar to Euro- Militaire.That is where I heard about boingboing so it is quite a coincidence to have come across your piece that same day. Any more projects in the works?

      • Maddie Chambers Says:

        Hi Jim

        Yeah don’t worry – I am the first one to admit that I have a lot in common with teenage boys!!! (war games, rock music, computer games etc etc) I also worked for 12 years in IT support Microsoft certified etc – again something that is mainly a male profession. I have never been into dolls houses ever and this is my first project like this. I used to draw and paint a lot (dragons, fantasy creatures etc etc) and of course painted warhammer models and made bits and pieces of terrain for the game. The scale is just under 1/12th – that is a dollshouse term though so I have no clue if it applies! I do not know if miniatures/war games are considered more of an art form over here – most people who I talk to are surprised that I am into warhammer and think that it is a young male hobby! I have spent time in America and England and I was impressed with the models available over there (my mum lives in Ohio just ‘up the road’ from PA) My next project is The Prancing Pony inn from LOTR again. I have started making the frame, but now my boys are a bit older I seem to be more busy and more tired in the evenings so not sure how long it will take to finish!

        I would LOVE to take this up as a career and sell the models that I make, but I am just not sure that there would be the demand for such a ‘niche’ market.

      • Mincka Says:

        “I would LOVE to take this up as a career and sell the models that I make, but I am just not sure that there would be the demand for such a ‘niche’ market.”

        There is a market, Maddie – but to make an earning out of it is quit something else. Creating all this items in x-copies and going to fairs – look it up: dollshouse fair.
        Going to special fairs organized for collectors. Giving workshops in your way of working with what ever what materials.

        If you do: welcome in the club of miniaturists!

        hugs, Mincka

  409. Rayyn Says:

    ITS AMAZING. i am totally amazed. well done!

  410. Dylan Says:

    I am so impressed. As in, this is the single largest and most masterful application of skill I’ve seen since the Winter Olympics.

  411. LollyChops Says:

    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen! I am totally at a loss for words. This is a true piece of art!

  412. Geek Tv Says:

    You have been featured. Well done! I can’t understand how you managed to do it! I have a two year old and I can’t imagine managing something like this, let alone with two little boys! You’re amazing!

    http://geekytv.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/lotr-bag-end-dollhouse/

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  414. pärlbesatt Says:

    I can’t see that you got my comment of appreciation, so I rewrite it taking the risk to repeat myself if the first comment is in some sort of pipeline…

    This was truly wonderful and sooo inspiring. Thanks for building and thanks for showing it!

  415. pärlbesatt Says:

    I’m lost for words… Amazing! Thanks for building, and showing us!

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  417. Guy Says:

    Amazing… One thing though:
    You ought to dig out the top, fill it with soil and plant a bonsai tree. Then it would be perfect!
    Cheers

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Do u know I never thought of that what a fab idea! I have started to make the big tree (out of wire etc), but it isn’t finished yet (along with the fence at the entrance!) I’d use a bonsai, but I can’t seem to keep them alive – in fact gardening is definitely NOT one of my skills – I mow the lawns but plants are a no-no.

      • Shadilly Says:

        But really, why make a tree if you have i bonzai you have killed off? :)

        If you glue fake leaf to it, it will be fab…

      • Maddie Chambers Says:

        Because they went in the bin ages ago :-) I could go out and buy another tree and kill it, but I just can’t bring myself to be that destructive lol

  418. Jeanette Says:

    With regard to the person who criticized the rectangular shape of Maddie’s Bag End: I looked into making a miniature of Bag End as Tolkien himself drew it. It quickly became apparent that it would have to be about twelve feet long.

    That is impractical unless one has an empty room that can be mostly dedicated to the mini Bag End. Or unless someone is building for a museum.

    Maddie’s Bag End is absolutely delightful – in this dangerous and insecure world, it makes one feel good just to look at it. Not many things can do that these days, at least for me.

    Why in the world anyone would want to criticize it, rather than just enjoy it, is beyond me.

  419. Jessica Says:

    This is amazing!! I am seriously so amazed right now …

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  421. LeftyX Says:

    Amazing! Excellent craftsmanship and detail — I’m blown away…
    Just FYI, the rug your mum sent you appears to be from this place: http://www.mouserug.com/ — but I don’t see that pattern.
    [And ignore the freaks with no lives who can't accept this for what it is, they will never be satisfied and probably don't even agree with each other! Jerks...]

  422. Heather Says:

    Oh my goodness, you have no idea how happy this makes me!!!! I would be happier only if it were mine, but just to know that this beautiful Bag End miniature exists is enough. I love your attention to detail, the “geeky” touches, and the handcrafted bits especially. The food is wonderful! Thank you for making this, and for sharing the photos with the world! :-)

  423. Dave Says:

    Wonderful!!..when i saw the rug by the window that Sam is pulled thru i knew you were just not fooling around.when i want a little “head clearing time” i watch the first part of Fellowship so i know those rooms well and you have it down pat..thanks..

  424. DeKuTa Says:

    This is absolutely the FIRST dollhouse I’ve ever seen that I think is SPECTACULAR. Congratulations and GREAT work!

  425. Virtuella Says:

    I just looked at this with my six-year-old daughter, and we are both absolutely amazed. I’ve made lots of FIMO food stuffs and accessories for her Barbies, but our dollshouse looks decidedly basic… Thanks for letting us see these fabulous photos.

  426. San Says:

    That is incredible. You made my morning. I hope great things come of this for you.

  427. Simon Says:

    Hi, I’ve linked in from boingboing.net and I have to tell you that you just made my afternoon! Thank you so much for producing such a beautiful reproduction Bag End (Peter Jackson has to see this!). Also can’t wait to see The Prancing Pony!

  428. Bobby Says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I’m impressed. I love all the detail. Geek on girl!

  429. Georgina Says:

    Absolutely stunning and inspiring. You’ve created someting absolutely wonderful and I hope this display of your talents opens doors of opportunity for you.

    Georgina.

  430. Solange Says:

    Wow, this is incredible! Well done :)

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  432. Spartan Says:

    Shock and awe! It is simply amazing to say the least. Someone show this on the LotRO forums. lots of people there that would surely appreciated it.

    I wish I had a wife as crafty and focused as this lady on something.

    On a side note, for the more creative types out there, with digital skills, one could use the house as a backdrop for an animated web based video series methinks.

  433. Elise Says:

    Hi a friend just linked me to your page and i wanted to tell you this is one of the most beautiful and creative and realistic hobbit holes ever. You ROCK !!! be excited to see what you get up to next :D

  434. Squirrel Says:

    Absolutely captivating. It could well inspire me to dust off my modelling gear, though nothing anywhere close to your ability. Your consistency of scale is very impressive, it’s worthy of becoming a museum/display piece.

  435. Jona Says:

    You rule! Amazing, amazing work. I can’t wait to see you do Minas Tirith! ;)

  436. Byron Says:

    You work is as inspiring as it is incredible. I wish I had the money to try and commission a work from you.

  437. Twillyn Andari Says:

    The Hobbit home is beautiful. Not as beautiful as you though.

  438. Q. Says:

    I’m sure I’m not the first one to ask but…where do I meet women like you? Seriously, can you please answer?

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  440. Lara Says:

    what i wouldn’t give to see this in person. most amazing thing i’ve seen.

  441. Lori Says:

    All I can say is… WOW! This is so amazing! I can’t stop looking at it!

  442. Jeanette Says:

    I didn’t mention this in my earlier post, but I love the rug you made for the parlor! I have identified three different rugs used in the movies: The rug that you made – I call it the “floral rug,” and a second rug with a diamond pattern. These first two rugs look much alike – same colors and very similar borders – the main difference is that one has flowers on the field and the other has diamond shapes. The third rug appeared in The Return of the King during that sad, wistful scene about Frodo never really being able to go home; it has a narrow dark edge on the light border and looks totally different from the first two rugs – the photo isn’t spectacular, but it looks more oriental to me. (This is the “RotR rug.”) I guess people made off with the first two rugs between movies.

    I was so surprised when I discovered three different rugs while searching for a really good photo I could use to make the rug in miniature. What a great idea to print the design on fabric! I’ve been begging a couple of mini rug makers to make one for me forever – to no avail so far. In the meanwhile, I have a dark green rug with a light border that I stamped the diamond design onto with fabric paint.

    My Bag End is on hold right now, as we are possibly going to move out of the country, and I don’t want to have to leave it behind. I can pack up all the furnishings and take them, and make the structure later. The floorplan is 2′ by 6′ and I’m planning on making the roof a wire frame in a vaulted shape, with textured paper that looks like rock on the inside, and eyelash fabric for the grassy hill. (I know that eyelash fabric sounds odd, but it is several shades of green, very lightweight, and can be taken off the roof and washed when it gets dusty.) The rounded ends at either end of the “hill” are going to conceal the transformers for the lights.

    I debated using a tromple l’oeil effect rather than actual paneled wood on the walls, as every 1/4 inch counts in this tiny world! Haven’t decided on that for sure yet. I found an embossed paper scrapbooking trim that looks very much like the blue-green wood in the study.

    I splurged and had a professional miniature furniture maker custom make both the parlor and the study fireplaces. If you would like to see photos, let me know and I’ll email them to you.

    One of the things I have loved about working on my Bag End (as far as I have done, that is) is that it really brings out the creative streak. Pebbles and small rocks catch my attention while I’m walking, if they are the right shape and size. I see things in a whole new light when shopping. I found pendants yesterday that look like stained glass and bought two, for two of the windows. It has been quite a journey!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Hi Jeanette

      I know exactly which rug you mean – the ‘Return of the king one’ – I have a picture of it here http://maddsrocks.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/bag-end-rug/
      This was actually in the first movie too except it was in the hallway as soon as you come into bag end (at the very back so you couldn’t see it very well at all) when Gandalf comes to visit.
      They moved it into the main room in return of the king.

      I would love to see pictures of your hobbit house – you should definitely send them to me :-)
      Also if you spend a lot of time on it, you should get a professional courier to ship it for you rather than starting again, must be heartbreaking to have to leave something you put so much effort into

      Maddie

  443. Ysidro Says:

    That…is… AMAZING!

  444. Daniel Says:

    Marry me :)

  445. Dustin Says:

    I think I love you…. Seriously.

  446. A J Says:

    I’ve made many a model in my time, but all pale in comparison to your wonderful Bag End house! Such a wealth of detail, I can look for hours at your photos and see something new each time. It just leaves me speechless. You’ve really captured the essence of the Hobbit’s home. Well done!

  447. Cheeky Monkey Says:

    As a model builder myself I am truly impressed. Only a year? With everything else you have going on in your life? You put me to shame. So rather than saying more of what everybody else has said I’ll just take my hat off to you and go stand in the corner :)

  448. AbraCadabRa Says:

    This is just incredible. Amazing attention to detail. I’m just at a loss for words.

  449. Edwin Says:

    Maddie, I’m absolutely dumbfounded. As a modeler I know how much time and care goes into a model like yours. You have a gift like I’ve never seen before. Thanks for sharing all the great pictures. I look forward to visit Bilbo’s place from time to time.

  450. louise win Says:

    Congrats on your monumental effort and wonderful success! It will be a treasure to you and your children one day!! Wonderful

  451. Natalia Says:

    It’s absolutely perfect, I want to live there. You have made a fantastic work with everything, the hobbit hole, the fireplace, windows, chairs, tables, beds, food, other tiny stuff …, congratulations :-D

    Natalia from Spain.

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  453. Anthony Says:

    Chello!

    My dear, that is awesome!

  454. Inma Says:

    Las fotos de tu preciosa casita ya han llegado a España. ¡¡¡Increíble!!!!

  455. Sue Says:

    Wow, wow and wow again! I’d love to do something like this myself one day. Absolutely spellbinding.

  456. Gaurav Shah Says:

    BLOODY HELL!!!!!!!!!
    WOW that is one helluva model.
    Its beautiful and perfect to the minutest details.
    I can’t imagine the amount of time it must have cost you and on top of that you have kids in the house who you have to careful around.

    Beautiful…. Good Luck and God Speed.

    Give me your address… I’ll make it a point to visit your place to check it out (if you allow it)

    Gaurav

  457. timotl Says:

    Brilliant! The photos make this look REAL! You really captured the spirit of a Bag End in my opinion. Great work. When you twin boys are old enough for Warhammer they will be asking you to make all their terrain!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      I REALLY hope they like warhammer etc when they are older – I would love to make all their battle boards and help them make castles, rivers, anything their little imaginations think up!

  458. Pauline Nissen Says:

    Wow, That is amazing!You did a wonderful job. I must come back when I have a few hours to check out all the wonderful details you put into this Hobbit House.Pauline

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  461. Denise Says:

    Wow!!! I spent almost an hour looking and re-looking. If only I could shrink myself to elfin size and move in….
    Your artistry is amazing…you have a special talent, don’t ever let it slip away!

  462. meo Says:

    OH,MY GOSH…You’r work is absolutly over-the-top!
    LOVE IT!!!!
    Meo

  463. kevin Says:

    Utterly amazing. The effort you put into it must have been exhausting. Well done!!!

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  465. Frodo Bacchi Says:

    Hello!! You have fairy Hands! Perfect work. I am a LOTR big fan, and now your fan too… I am a pharmacist, but sometimes I like drawing, painting and sculpting.

    Great work!

    Keeping doing your outstanding job

    Bye

  466. Pedro Says:

    absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  467. Divay Says:

    Esta chulo, me gusta y la admiro por la paciencia y buen hacer que tiene.

  468. Raquel DeGamonal Says:

    Increible, fantástico, asombroso….. Me ha dejado sin palabras, felicidades por el resultado.

  469. iloveafarmer Says:

    Amazing! Astounding! Wonderful! I would love a life-sized one, wouldn’t you?

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      ABSOLUTELY – in fact if I had the money I would love to build one. Unfortunately my partner and I have very different taste in houses – he likes minimalist modern houses and I highly doubt I could convince him to live ‘in a hole in the ground’ lol

  470. John Says:

    Wow! That is some truly incredible work! Definitely is something to be proud of! All I can say is “Wow!”.

    I tip me hat to ya!!

    Just incredible…

  471. Dyanrealm Says:

    Whooooooaaaa, it’s absolutely awesome! a masterpiece. Great and beautiful job >-<

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  475. Ursula Says:

    Dear Cindy!

    I am sure everyone else has said it already, but this is really fantastic, something to marvel at!
    Never read the books but loved the movies and this is just stunning, keep up the good work!

    Blessings
    Ursula

  476. Nick Krimp Says:

    I am a fantasy writer and I think what you have done is absolutly fantastic. Even your photography is great. Let me know if you have any other models such as this to view.
    Thanks for the entertainment.
    Nick

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  478. Lynn Says:

    I am in awe. This is absolutely the BEST. You are skilled indeed.

  479. Steve W Says:

    Wow !!!

    This has to be the best model work i have ever seen, amazing detail and quality.

  480. Alex von Thorn Says:

    Beautiful, awesome, thanks so much for sharing this.

  481. Uncle Eccoli Says:

    Am I the only one who’s noticed that this model isn’t built as described in the text? I don’t understand why you’d go to so much trouble and employ such obvious skill and not do everything possible to model Bag End just as Tolkien described it. All in all amazing work, though.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Ah well if you read through all the comments you will see my reasonings behind basing it 1/3 on the movie 1/3 on the book and 1/3 on my imagination of the book

      • Uncle Eccoli Says:

        I’m obviously not nearly as patient as you as I couldn’t be bothered to read throught the enormous and well-deserved response you’ve received. I’ll see if I can’t find it. Thanks.

      • Maddie Chambers Says:

        Ah well the short version is this: The movie matched up to my imagination of the book. I would have loved to have done curved walls but this is way too difficult to achieve in a dolls house style – would have been nearly impossible to decorate and photograph with a lid that lifted off the top (if that makes sense?!) I know Tolkien’s plans of bag end well – the central corridor with rooms off to each side (at least 14 rooms!!) but I have limited space in my house and again it wouldn’t have worked very well in dolls house format so I used artistic license. I have tried to keep as much as possible faithful to the book – the maps, the books, all the scrolls have bilbos poems or writings on them and runes etc etc the pantry is stocked with food mentioned in The Hobbit, the pipes etc etc Ok that wasn’t such a short version so I’ll stop waffling now!!!

  482. Jeanette Says:

    Hi, Maddie, This is so fabulous – one just wants to walk in and never come back! Have you seen Obelia’s Bag End?

    I have a long, narrow Bag End partly finished – it’s 6′ long and 2′ wide. Everything bought and made for it, and placed into “rooms” drawn on the plywood base. Now we are possibly moving out of the country, and I can’t bring myself to do the work necessary to finish, only to have to leave the structure behind.

    Congratulations on your magnificent creation!

  483. lisaloo Says:

    you are one talented ladie, beautiful detail, and your fimo food is adorable, love it! you have made me hungry now!
    lisaloo in the UK xx

  484. Woody Says:

    Fantastic work!!

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  486. Cora Soloduka Says:

    I am in awe!! I love it I will now read the books, (my sister read them years ago & loved them!!) & watch the movies!! Thank you soooo much for sharing your beautiful talent!!

    ~Cora~

  487. Amin Says:

    I looked at these pictures with some degree of awe – the attention to detail is astonishing. Since I’ve never been very good at such creative stuff you can imagine that I find it hard to understand how you achieve such wonderful results.

    I saw an entire museum devoted to miniatures made by one main in Spain and he’d spent an entire lifetime making models – this is every bit as good. I can imagine some clever filmmaker using your creation to shoot an claymation style film. That would be rather nice.

    And I love what you did with the Warhammer model – turning it into a statue! What a clever idea.

    Wonderful work and thanks for sharing all the photos. I’m going to wake my son up to take a look – he’s a LOTR fan too.

  488. Terry Says:

    That is the singly most awesome thing I have ever seen!!!!!

    Terry, Miniature Gaming and Tolkein enthusiast.

    May the hair on your toes never fall out!

  489. J. J. Wolfgan Says:

    Hello Maddie.

    First. I would like to congratulate you because your work is amazing. We also admire the fact that Professor Tolkien and his works. A thousand congratulations!

    Second. Did you realize a project that facilitated the realization of a dream I have and that I will soon put into practice. It is the construction of the Hobbit’s Lair in the size of a real house. Recently I received an inheritance a few acres of land from my grandfather and the place I will build my house in the countryside, the site is located within the state of Pernambuco. Pernambuco is a state in northeastern Brazil. I live in Recife (also called the Venice of Brazil). Reef is beautiful and unique.

    Congratulations for the wonderful job!

    Thanks!

    (Sorry, forgive me for bad English. I can speak other languages, but never really showed interest in my childhood by the English language!)

  490. Stevie Says:

    Hi it must have taken alot time n persiverance to make such a beutifull model i just had to take a few mins to complement you well done! I love making things to it must be because we are made in Gods image and he is the ultimate ceator God bless you ps i love lotr also regards stevie

  491. Katie Says:

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this for ages, but haven’t been able to get started. This is absolutely phenomenal. You are my hero.

  492. jen Says:

    I never did finish the LOTR – I don’t know why it didn’t hold my interest. Maybe I wasn’t smart enough to get the complexity of it all?? But anyway, this is amazing and I’m sure Tolkien himself would have been absolutely delighted. :)

  493. david Says:

    Simply beautiful !

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  495. Robert S Says:

    Bravo!!!!!!

    Fantastic!!!

    Guitars & Hobbits Rule!

  496. Donna Watkins Says:

    I’m sorry. I just commented but I have to comment again. Well done. This is probably the best thing I have seen, ever. This has made me very happy!!!!!

  497. Donna Watkins Says:

    This is EPIC, I know I am only echoing what everyone else has said but I adore this. Fantastic work. Now I am going to watch a LOTR marathon as opposed to cleaning my house.

  498. Navid Says:

    As a miniature painter, I am at awe when I look at all the things you managed to achieve in this diorama! The attention to detail is beyond anything I’ve ever seen and clearly, it’s been a project that you hold dear to your heart! Now if only I could get myself the money to build myself a house exactly like this one!!

    Cheers!

  499. Hannah Says:

    THIS IS AMAZING!!!

  500. kuhnglobal Says:

    Absolutely stunning work! Would you mind if I placed your work on my Gallery site? http://www.modelermagic.com It is part of the Miniature aspect I have been wanting to show. And you made this a masterpiece!

    I very much look forward to your response. And again… FANTASTIC work!

    Kurt Kuhn
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    Modelers, Miniatures and Magic
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  501. neil Says:

    Now that is what I call passion……. brilliant job, I wish I had the time to do something similar…..I love Tolkien’s work, you just made it that extra bit more………..!

  502. tpahornet Says:

    WOW! Fantastic artistry! I would love to have a full size copy to actually live in.

  503. Maerian Says:

    Truly lovely work. I share your love for the books and the topics.

    Navaer,

    Maerian

  504. Maddie Chambers Says:

    Hi all

    just wanted to take the opportunity to say a HUGE thankyou to all for these positive and inspiring comments. Sorry I could not reply to you all individually (not enough hours in the day!) so I just picked a few at random and am sending this general one to you all.

    1) I am glad I have inspired some of you – if you are thinking of picking up some fimo, dolls house pieces, paintbrush or anything creative – all I can say is DO it. There is nothing more rewarding that seeing something come to life that you have created with your own hands (apart from seeing your children be born/grow up!)
    2) Thankyou ever so much for all the marriage offers and personal compliments!! It is nice to know that even geek girls can attract attention lol
    3) thanks for all the suggestions of where I can go from here – new projects, improvements to bag end etc. All most welcome.

    Ok I’m going now because Lost is on in 10 minutes and I really want to know what is going on with the whole heaven/hell thing lol

  505. Erin Says:

    Oh my word…

    As a huge Tolkien fan (and lifelong fan of doll’s houses), this photo blog was eye candy for me in the extreme! So wonderful! What a fantastic (and committed) effort to re-create of the the best dwellings ever imagined! Looking at your photos, I wanted to live there — in that little house under a hill! Ah, breathtaking. I cannot say enough good things about your wonderful craftsmanship! Well done. =)

    Also, I am no expert, but If I was the person in charge of the miniatures department (bigatures, lol!) for the Hobbit movie, I would hire you without question! The combination of dedication, accuracy and talent makes your hobbit hole a joy to look at. Thanks for making my day! =D

  506. soomp Says:

    amazing! i can’t get over it. really really wonderful work. thanks for sharing!

  507. jacky boudreaux Says:

    As a doll house fan this blows me away!!! My favorites were “The Borrowers” afield, afloat etc…they inspired me to dabble. Thank you for sharing so much – you truly bring the vision to life…

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  509. kdub Says:

    This is INCREDIBLE.

  510. Andrew Gillespie Says:

    Great Stuff. Great effort. I’ll forward your site to a few of my workmates at Weta and I’m sure they’ll love what you’ve done.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      oh wow thanks – I am wanting to get their miniature Bag End that they are going to release later this year – it looks absolutely fab
      if they ever open a branch in england (lol) I’d love a job working for them!

    • Jenn Says:

      If I had the chance to work for Weta I’d SO move to New Zealand!

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  512. Greg Says:

    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. The amount of love and care that went into that is inspiring.

    My favorite part by far is the lighting — it is perfect. :)

  513. PurpleHat Says:

    Long time LoTR fan here.

    It’s exquisite.

  514. Alva Says:

    It’s wonderful! Amazing!
    Greetings from Germany,

    Alva

  515. michele Says:

    Fantastic job Maddie! Hard to believe this was your first miniature project, you are definitely a ‘natural’!

    I’m both a miniaturist and a LOTR fan and in no way am I criticizing your fabulous work but in the ‘miniature world’ the pieces that really stand out for realism are those that have been ‘aged’. (It is difficult to do to something you have just created but when done right, the results are dramatic) If you are interested, check out the work of Noel & Pat Thomas – they are known for their aging techniques and their miniatures are amazing! (Not all miniatures are ‘aged’ – Brooke Tucker does some of the best room boxes I’ve ever seen and she doesn’t ‘age’ them – but Bag End would definitely benefit from some worn woodwork and black soot on the hearth! – IMHO!)

    Thanks for sharing!

  516. bubble&squeak Says:

    That’s absolutely beautiful! Your hobbit house was a pleasure to tour.
    There are people who charge thousands to make architecture models that don’t hold a candle to your hobbit house.

  517. Beverly Bergerson Says:

    WOW! Fantastic job. Had an enjoyable time viewing your work.

  518. Nola MacDonald Says:

    Thank You I love it…. It is wonderful.

    Nola

  519. Mola MacDonald Says:

    Thank you for this chance to look at your wonderful “Bag End”. It is how I remember it.Such FIne Fine work!

    I have been reading LOTR and the Hobbit since the 70’s . I love Hobbits and all (most anyway) that is from Middle earth..I read it every year , and suffered through “bad” versions of the stories, until Peter Jackson made his movie. It was wonderful to watch the whole triology. And Your Bag End is just like the version I love….
    Now ..I think I may go and have a movie marathon with DH once again this year…Thank You fellow miniaturist. It is wonderful!
    Nola

  520. Mary Says:

    Shocked and amazed! The talent you displayed in creating this visual is simply breath taking. Good Job! Thank you so much, you made my day!

  521. Richard Thompson Says:

    Just eye-popping, and jaw-dropping too. Excuse me, I have to rearrange my face.

  522. Tony Muilenburg Says:

    You should go into architecture :) Great work.

  523. Deano Says:

    Wow!!! A real endeavor of love. Being a miniature wargamer and an ardent fan of LotR I am enthralled by this piece. In fact it is so mesmerizing I couldn’t even watch all of the pictures because I kept getting too envious!!!

  524. John C. Randolph Says:

    Absolutely lovely! I haven’t built miniatures for many, many years, and you’re sorely tempting me to resume the hobby. Well done.

    -jcr

  525. AndreiAndrade Says:

    OMG, can I live there? Seems so liveable!
    Awesome work!

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  527. Jenn Says:

    You could probably make Bilbo’s mithril mail with teeny tiny mithril jump rings–if you could get them! Failing that, regular silver would do, or even plain old aluminum, which has the benefit of not being prone to tarnish. You can make it the same way they make human-sized mail. It would be amazing!

    Beautiful work. I like making miniatures as well, but nothing like this, and I don’t even have the excuse of small children to keep me from my studio!

  528. Chris Says:

    Maddie..that is fantastic! I own the movies and watch them all the time and you have done a great job! Extra brownie points for being a nerd girl :)

  529. Grannymoon Says:

    This is breathtakingly beautiful. I want to live there forever! You are an amazing artist and craftsperson. Congratulations!

  530. Rhianna Says:

    Amazing work! Congrats, and thanks for the boost this gives all us geek girls :D You are a great artist, and I hope you keep on being creative :)

    ~Rhianna

  531. Kathryn Albright Says:

    Maddie– You should really show this off at a few miniature conventions!

  532. Svenn Says:

    This is amazing! I am completely blown away by this. And now I want one of my own, lol.

    This is seriously an inspiration for me that I will use when creating my own miniature scenery. This is one of the most incredible pieces that I’ve ever seen.

  533. Jane White Says:

    Absolutely beautiful – you’ve done an amazing job, and I’m keeping this entry to show my daughters what can be done with Fimo!

    Reading this has just given me a lot of pleasure :D

  534. thelonedegranger Says:

    You’re hot,

    I just thought you should know that.

    plus, that’s a kick ass hobbit house, but seriously, you’re hot

  535. Claudine Says:

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I just have to add that your work is amazing. Your attention to detail is so impressive and shows the love you feel for this story.

    I’m a mom as well, so I see the value of your craft to your children. What a wonderful thing to share with your them. With your imagination, I can only guess the memories they will have of their childhood. Well done.

  536. Marty Says:

    Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

  537. naomi pannell Says:

    OUTSTANDING!!! I’M JUST SPEECHLESS!!!

  538. MaryannCarol Says:

    Maddie, I am a mom of twin 3 year olds, and I cannot even find time to take a damn shower let alone create a masterpiece such as this! I am stunned. You are truly an inspiration to creative people everywhere. Thank you for sharing! — Maryann

  539. Rachel Says:

    While I’m no connoisseur of miniatures, I really enjoy the ideas, effort and creativity. In Lyon, France, a man named Dan Ohlman has established a Museum of Miniatures and Cinema Decorations. This link has a video with some great shots of his work: http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v68375-Lyon-LYON_musee_de_la_miniature-Video.html

    Maddie, when I saw your work on Bag End, I thought immediately of Ohlman’s museum. The quality of your work nearly matches his. I realize yours is a creation of love and homage to Tolkien’s universe, but I believe you could do this type of work as a career. Hollywood is always looking for talented folks. Look at Ohlman. He has done scores of films, worked with large crews and made enough to establish and sustain his museum (which is brilliant, by the way. If you ever get a chance to see it, you must go.).

    Either way, I am impressed by your attention to detail and what I see is your sheer delight in the challenge of replication.

    Cheers!

  540. clc Says:

    Grammar police: It’s aerial, not ariel.

    But it’s an _incredible_ model. Very nicely done!

  541. J.D. Says:

    I don’t see Bilbo’s mailshirt laying around. Did I just miss it? Or does the model represent the period during which it was lent to the museum in Michel Delving?

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      I actually HAVE a mini replica of it lol – it is inside the chest that you see by the front door. Unfortunately it is made out of plastic so didn’t look very good out on display. If I can learn to make tiny mini chail mail (suggestions anyone??!!??) then I will definitely put it out

  542. Aimee Says:

    Beautiful model!

  543. Wayne Says:

    This is the most interesting hobbit-hole I’ve ever seen!

  544. C G Says:

    So wonderful and cool. I’ve Been a fan since I was 14 43 years ago.

  545. Theadeaus Shaffer Says:

    This is simply amazing. also i find it absolutely hilarious that the song “they’re taking the hobbits to Isengard” came on at the same exact time as i hit the link to this site.
    I love synchronicity

  546. Elliot Wagland Says:

    Hi Maddie,

    We love your model – would it be possible for for us to run them on our site at http://www.dailymail.co.uk

    Thanks

  547. SmallWorld Says:

    Outstanding! As a fellow model maker I am truely in awe of the effort and detail you put in to this – You are certainly not to be taken as some conjuror of cheap tricks.

  548. Wayne in Oz Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! The model’s not bad either!

  549. richb313 Says:

    An amazing job. I cannot express fully my appreciation of your work and attention to detail which many others have also commented on. What I want to add however is the totally great job you did with the photos.

    You managed to get the correct point of view and focal length which just sells it. That is what most people screw up when they try and photgraph their work. You have a very good eye and it not only shows in your model but in the way the photos depict it.

    Do not sell it and do not give it away. It could be loaned out for display but something like this has too much of ou invested in it.

    Your talent is obvious and there is always a market for someone with that kind of talent.

  550. Horus Says:

    Astounding, really stunned. I hate these little things usually as they serve no purpose but the love and care to detail shows great patience and a remarkable eye. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

    Take care of you and yours.

  551. Joe Rogers Says:

    That is awesome. Possibly the best mini I’ve ever seen.

  552. Chus Says:

    Congratulations¡¡¡¡
    You did an amazing job, that I would love to see closer.

    Are you thinking about to create new dioramas?

  553. humberto Says:

    Hello, .. You did an amazing job!!!, the details, everything is very, very good….if you want more bits and pieces of stuff to add, you can go check scale model railroad and scale model webpages/catalogues, sometimes you can find bits that are really useful in your project…
    Humberto

  554. ZacharyTF Says:

    I remember 20 years ago, a group of guys and I made Bag End for our diorama project in 6th grade. Yours puts ours to shame by far. Great job!

  555. Jake Says:

    Amazing! Bravo!
    I hope you got an A.

    I dont even wanna begin guessing how many hours you spent on that.

  556. Martin Says:

    Astounding! Beautifully done!

  557. JaredJ Says:

    What an amazing piece of art. I look forward to seeing any other works your pursue in the future.

  558. Anne Says:

    Maddy – Am utterly astounded at the complexity of the job you took on and accomplished. It is amazing and a joy to look at. Thank you for sharing this wonderful accomplishment with us.

    I must say that the rude person who dissed your wonderful home is probably a moron who is unable to peel an apple! We are proud of you and only wish we had a small iota of your talent and determination.

    Anne

  559. Roaches Says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  560. Ringwraith-Wife Says:

    Absolutely unbelievable! A terrific labor of love. Congratulations.

  561. Mike Says:

    This is just amazing work! Our hats are off to you and a thread linking to this site will probably go nuts on my forums tonight :)

  562. jao Says:

    This is fabulous and clearly a labor of love. Thank you for sharing it. I enjoyed all the pictures and reading about how you made things.

  563. Rus Says:

    That is so cool. Had to take a lot of time and determination. Awesome.

  564. BarbOutsideBoston Says:

    I’m so glad some linked to this from the LOTR group on Ravelry–STUNNING!
    I have just enough talent to know how much MORE talent and passion that takes. It should be in a museum. Truly.

  565. ChuckT Says:

    Exquisite, obviously a work dear to your heart. If I ever get the chance I’d like to build one full size.

  566. Stretch Says:

    I’ve lost count many times I’ve read LOTR. Middle Earth has always been my home away from home. I envy you your time there. Also envy your kids as they will have a feet firmly planted in both worlds.

  567. Dan Scoones Says:

    Absolutely stunning! Link is going out to friends and family!

  568. Acacia (Auh-kay-shuh) Says:

    Hi Maddie!!!!! I’m am brain dead an how amazing this extraordinary work of art is. I’m a huge LotR FANATIC. I’m planning on living on 498 Buckland Rd. Waikato New Zealand. You helped me in such a way that I might be able to recreate Bag End for myself. I’m Reading The Trilogy myself. I’m at the beginning of of The Two Towers. And this is my first time reading it !!! I can’t explain the feeling when I saw you’re work of art. God gave you this talent of engineering and I’m soooooooo thankful that He did!!! Please Type back soon!!! Your Truly Hobbit,
    Acacia of the Shire
    6th grade 12 years old

  569. JohnS Says:

    Kudos! Intricate work well executed… nicely done :D

  570. Acacia (Auh-kay-shuh) Says:

    Hi Maddie!!! I am a LotR FANATIC!!!!! The way how you made Bag End is so fantastic I can’t put into words the way how I felt when I saw your work. I’m planning on living on 498 Buckland Rd. Waikato New Zealand. I want to have Bag End as my home there. I’m going to live like a hobbit and everything!! Your pictures have helped me a ton to plan my own Bag End. I’m reading The Trilogy myself and I’m on The Two Towers. I have big dreams and I’m going to accomplish them. God gave you this talent and I’m soooooooooo thankful that He did!!!!!! Please type back soon!

    -Acacia 6th 12 years old

    • Acacia (Auh-kay-shuh) Says:

      Sorry! I thought the 1st message didn’t get through. Anyway, This is how much I LOVE your work!

  571. Larry Says:

    Amazing. I am stunned.

  572. Scott Says:

    Wow. Thats some amazing work. I think Weta will be calling soon.

  573. Andy Ford Says:

    Wow! Fantastic work. I had to ask myself: “Are these pictures real or Frodoshopped?”

  574. Jon Says:

    Wow, certainly not a natural born sprinters project! :) I’m sure my sentiments have been summed up by many of the previous posters but this is unbelievable. I love the attention to detail you’ve put into this project and it looks incredibly life like. In fact, it could be passed off as life size if there were no scale to it!

    Congratulations, this is amazing, and you well deserve the press.

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  576. Don Says:

    I’m impressed, you are quite talented.

    Have you thought about possibly auctioning off this piece (and future pieces)? It could be a lucrative sideline.

    Alternatively, aligning yourself with a non-profit charity and donating the auction proceeds could give you some tax benefits.

  577. Mason Says:

    This is so incredibly cool, I’ll have to make sure my friends see these pictures.

  578. K. Ten Says:

    Wow. O.O I don’t even LIKE LOTR and that’s freaking amazing mini work. (Nothing against it, just not my thing.) You have my admiration in the extreme.

  579. Twistedream Says:

    Amazing craftsmanship.

    I see you mentioned a miniatures background, have you done any other models?

    I for one would love to see more of your work, it is quite exceptional!

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      nope never done anything like this before ever – the miniatures background is just that I used to paint warhammer models (Games Workshop battle games)
      I definitely intend to continue making them now that I have found something I enjoyed doing so much!

  580. bubba Says:

    NERDGASUM

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      that has to be the best word ever invented lol
      my friend has challenged me to use it out loud in a sentence to someone today…………………
      not quite sure how I am going to manage it yet lol

  581. patrick kennedy Says:

    absolutely amazing. I can’t believe the amount of detail! It looks just like it!
    Awesome job.

  582. DrEeveal Says:

    Win.

  583. Yendor Says:

    Clicked over here from Fark. So many rude comments. Awesome work! Love the pic of the fire through the window! You make the world a better place.

  584. Jake Says:

    Wow, I’m impressed.

  585. Greg Says:

    Sweet!

  586. doctore0 Says:

    Very nice!!

  587. Lala Says:

    Got linked to this off a friend and this is probably one of if not THE most gorgeous model I’ve seen!!! Do something with this! You have an incredible gift!!

  588. Holly Says:

    You are amazing! I can’t believe one person (with small children none-the-less) did this. Nice work!

  589. J Says:

    Excellent work, Maddie, excellent work indeed. :D

  590. Keith_J Says:

    Very impressive. Now make it full scale into a bed and breakfast. Cha-ching, you would make a mint.

  591. Marco Says:

    Geek girl fantasy material alert! Well done!!!

  592. Pervy McPervson Says:

    can I see your personal hobbit hole?

  593. Elizabeth B. Says:

    Wow. This utterly blows my mind. The craftsmanship and detail are incredible. I’m seriously impressed.

  594. Melody Says:

    You are absolutely awesome. :) Well done!!!!!

  595. Maddie Chambers Says:

    Just want to say a HUGE thankyou to everyone who has encouraged me and left nice comments – you have inspired me to continue model making :-)

  596. Andrea Ball Says:

    How amazing!! Congrats on the accomplishment!

  597. Tobi Says:

    Wonderful! You are highly talented!!!

    I started to read the Hobbit to my 9 year old daughter though we got sidetracked and never finished. This inspires me to pick the book back up and make sure we finish it!

  598. Doctor X Says:

    Very lovely. (And so is the model. :))

    This wasn’t in the film either, but I don’t see the dent on the door from where Gandalf knocked with his staff that’s mentioned in The Hobbit.

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      haha thanks
      I know I just couldn’t bring myself to dent it or scribe his runes on it after I had spent like 3 hours making it lol
      I am using artistic license coz I reckon they would have had it fixed being nice sensible hobbits!!??

  599. Mark Says:

    That is amazing. A friend commented that anyone who does this must have “too much time on their hands.” I say BS to that. Spend your time however you want, and this is a wonderful thing to have created. Well, copied to a large extent, but still, you crafted it. Patience, skill, heart — all went into this. How many people can say that about their hobbies?

  600. Anonymous Says:

    Wow, amazing work on all the little details and all the photos.

  601. Todd Says:

    Awesome work! Are yo single? LOL. I have worked with FIMO myself before and must say that I am very impressed with your work.

    Good job and inspiration to me. You should be proud of your art work on this.

    Thank you for sharing this!

  602. Greg Says:

    I love all the work you’ve put in to this Maddie, it’s beautiful!
    The level of detail really comes through in the pictures, I find myself starring at them admiring every little piece.
    Love it!

  603. A. Nuran Says:

    That’s a wonderful piece of work. I’m sure you’ll be getting all sorts of offers for it. Heck, I would if I could afford half of what it’s worth :-)

  604. Jason Says:

    Ma’am, you are *amazing*!

    and cute as a hobbit yourself…

  605. S. Bralger Says:

    It saddens me that you got so many small details so beautifully right while getting most of the particulars completely wrong.

    Just for reference, here’s the second paragraph of the book:

    “The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats – the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill – The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it – and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another. No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.”

    So the central corridor around which the entire dwelling is based is completely absent, as is the entry room full of hooks and pegs that was so vital to the plot; instead, the house–for it is a house, not a hole–continues to both the right and left, instead of just the left; and the rooms themselves are square, rather than pleasantly round (a design for which there are excellent structural reasons when building underground, as it happens). Aside from what can be gleaned from the first page of The Hobbit, there’s also the complete lack of a fireplace, which is necessary in order to have a mantelpiece for Bilbo not to dust, so that he can fail to see the letter from Gandalf under the clock.

    Here is a layout of Bag End that is far more representative of the description presented in the book:

    Don’t feel too bad, though. Peter Jackson didn’t do any better, and got paid WAY more than you did.

    • Pablo Says:

      S. Bralger is a NERDDDDDDDDDDDD

    • Maddie Chambers Says:

      Ok number 1 You missed out the first part of Tolkien’s description: “It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats–the hobbit was fond of visitors.

      If you knew anything about dolls houses, you would know that a long corridor simply isn’t feasible Thirdly I don’t have enough room in my house to make the large sized bag end that Tolkien had (at least 14 rooms which of course I have seen many times – would I spend a lifetime loving something so much and then just completely disregard what the author wrote?) Fourthly the hallways has lots of pegs – you can clearly see bags, coats etc hung on them lol Fifthly I KNOW the walls are meant to be curved but this is difficult to achieve and would make it hard for me to access and decorate the rooms

      THERE ARE 4 fireplaces in my model – so what exactly are you looking at to say I have missed them out? 3 of them have clocks on them pmsl

      Glad you spent so much time dissing something you probably couldn’t create if you tried thanks

      • Madrigorne Says:

        There are 4 fireplaces. THERE ARE 4 LIGHTS. I just love lovelovelovelove this. I wish I could move in. You rock.

    • Kevin Says:

      After all that work, you reply like THAT?

      You sound fat.

    • SoldierGrrrl Says:

      S Bralger…and your recreation of Bag End is where, again?

      For someone who’s willing to pick someone else apart, I don’t see a link to your efforts. Perhaps you’ll grace us with *your* attempt some day?

      Didn’t think so.

    • Erin Says:

      She designed her model from the film version, not the book version. Both versions are correct — to any sensible broad-minded person. You’re a jerk.

    • Frodo Says:

      I’m so glad someone pointed out the errors inherent here. Maddie, it is an amazing model and I love it immensely. However, S. Bralger is merely stating the facts. As much as I love your model, my first reaction was to think “Where is the long hallway described in so much detail by Tolkien?” Surely someone as artsy as you can take a little constructive criticism.

      • Maddie Chambers Says:

        You describe them as ‘errors’ they aren’t errors they are artistic licenses – think I am allowed some! :-) As I have said it is based on the book, the movie and my imagination. If anyone wants to criticise that is fine, but I am happy with the model and if anyone has the room and time to create Bag End identical to Tolkien’s vision with a long tunnel, rooms to each side, whole rooms just for Bilbo’s clothes etc, then kudos to them. I have just done the best that I could.

      • Maddie Chambers Says:

        Pps. This is Tolkien’s own drawing of the entrance hall, and I even made the effort to put in a round table in http://bitoflight.luminousbeings.net/keepsakes/BagEnd-final-small.jpg

        But again, just did the best I could – I’m glad that my next project isn’t described in huge detail, as I can base it a lot on my imagination. Unfortunately due to space restrictions, there aren’t going to be nearly enough rooms in it to suit people’s (and my) imagination either.

      • Frodo Says:

        You’re right – When thought of as artistic license, I agree. Well done!

  606. Barnstormer Says:

    Maddie, you are one amazing woman. I too fell in love with Middle Earth at an early age, and the care and skill you put into this takes my breath away. Bravo!

  607. Rebecca Miller Says:

    You gave my heart some joy today, thanks!

  608. Butch Says:

    Fantastic!

  609. Benny Hill Says:

    Absolutely amazing! You did an incredible job!

  610. Christian Says:

    Amazing.

  611. John Says:

    Wow! Fantastic work. As an avid LOTR fan this is truely beautiful and inspiring!

  612. Edward Bear Says:

    This is a most impressive work of art. Many thanks for sharing the results of your time, patience and ingenuity. Cool doesn’t begin to cover this.

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  614. RickA Says:

    WOW, just WOW!!

  615. JoJo Says:

    Brilliant. The detail is fantastic. I hope you got an A in the class that you originally started this project for.

    Cheers

  616. Elina Says:

    Wow! That’s incredible! I would love to “play” with that for hours, and hours, and hours, and… ;)

  617. Munch Says:

    This is phenomenal! I’m blown away by your patience and attention to detail, you have created something so beautiful! You are a truly gifted person.

  618. JT Says:

    Way beyond awesome!! You should be very proud!

  619. Sean Breeden Says:

    Amazing! You are truly an artist!!

  620. Jay Says:

    Beautiful details and work !!!

    How many hours do you have into this ?

  621. Mad Yank Says:

    Wow.
    No kidding; I mean, I’m known on the DwarvenForge website as the Butcher, for the way I’ll chop up a piece to customize it, and I’m into N-Scale model Railroading, and plastic models, along with my FIFTH set of LOTR books (I keep wearing them out, somehow).
    But YOU!
    I mean, WOW!
    You, m’Dear, ROCK!
    You’re GOOD.
    This happily-married, over-55 geek takes his hat off to you – and so does his Lady Faire, as soon as SHE sees these pics!

  622. Nicki Says:

    Absolutely amazing craftsmanship and your attention to detail is breath-taking. Thank you for sharing your gift with us! :)

  623. Imaginary Says:

    I am so astounded, I am literally speechless. This is the most beautiful creation I have seen in a long time, and I’m not even a LotR fan. This is gorgeous. Thank you for posting these pictures. You are a Goddess of Craft.

  624. zubin goldman Says:

    I love your house, wish to make myself very tiny and live there…you’ve thought of everything…and then there’s the magic!
    Bag End…wow! it’s all so beautiful…and you have kids and you did this too?
    I am in awe….what a gift! ]]
    Thank you so much!!!

    Zubin

  625. Beechtree Says:

    Simply amazing, thank you for sharing this, I am quite stunned at your dedication and talent.

  626. BlindSquirrel Says:

    I am at a loss for words. Your obvious love of the subject as well as your surperlative craftsmanship has made this a project that could probably only be outdone by Weta itself! Great job! Now get started on the tiny Edoras!

  627. Seagullsong Says:

    YOU ARE LIKE A GOD TO ME.

    (Seriously this is awesome and you should feel awesome.)

  628. Leviathan's Bane Says:

    You are an Arts-and-Crafts Wizard!

    My favorite pieces are the Barrel of Longbottom Leaf and Thror’s Map. Absolutely epic…on a hobbit scale!

  629. Mincka Says:

    Dear Maddie, what a publicity you are given for your beautiful house! Congratulations. It is quit a project you had on the way there. So many details, wonderfull!
    I m wondering what you will create after this….
    warm greetings from the Netherlands

  630. Anna Says:

    It’s amazing! I always wanted to make this house )))) I’ve read the book about 20 times since I was a child and this house has always fascinated me. Every single detail is awesome, you did a great job! I’ll be staring at the pictures all day long, thank you for this masterpiece!
    Greetings from Germany )))

  631. Robert W. Franson Says:

    What a wonderful mini-creation! The very coziness of your miniature Bag End is in line with the snug comfort that Tolkien described.

    I’ve added a link from the Tolkien page at Troynovant.

  632. Andy Davies Says:

    That really is extremely cool ^^

    I want the full size thing so after seeing that some guy has recreated it as a play house i am so teased to give it a go :D

    Keep up the good work, your eye for detail is wonderous

    Quin

  633. Jack M Says:

    Wow, what a fantastic achievement! I love the detail you’ve put into your project! Amazing!

    Thanks for making my day!

    – Jack

  634. Wendy Says:

    This is a fantastic achievement, Maddie. I’d love to do a feature on you – can you email me on wendy.middleton@bbc.co.uk

  635. Jet Says:

    Oh my goodness! Just came across this, and I was completely blown away! The level of detail you have in Bag End…!!! I’d be happy if I have even an iota of your patience and talent. Wonderful stuff!

  636. Cindy Says:

    Well, I am really lost for words!!! This is absolutely awesome and the attention to detail is phenomenal, you are a true craftsman. Even if I wasn’t a complete and fully paid up LOR afficianado (I think I have probably read the book even more times than you but I am just a tad older lol) I would be amazed by what you have made here.

    Absolutely fab, I have always been fascinated by miniatures, modelling and dolls houses anyway even though I never had one. May I post a link on my blog? This must be seen!!!!!!!!

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