Well after an extended break, I’m back! Now that the MCAT is over I actually have time to have a life. What’s that you say? Writing nerdy things on a blog still doesn’t count as having a life?
For those of you who do not know what a hobbit hole is, here is an explanation from J.R.R. Tolkien:
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
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 of 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, diningrooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the lefthand 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.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit”
Top 5 Reasons for Living in a Hobbit Hole
1. Low maintenance
Since the lining of the house is made of extremely sturdy materials such as brick or concrete, the houses are built to last easily over 100 years. Even better, there are very little external maintenance costs, and in addition there is no traditional roofing to worry about.
Earth is quite the protector. You no longer have to worry about whether or not you should head to the basement during a storm. Odds are that lightning will never strike so low to the ground, and the soil and concrete makes them fireproof and pretected from strong winds. These things could very well lead to lower insurance costs as well.
3. Constant Temperature
Due to geothermal heating and the earth’s high density, the temperature remains a constant 60 degrees year-round. That allows for drastic savings on heating and cooling, and its much better for the environment as well.
4. More Usable Land
Everybody wants more land to use. Don’t have space for a garden? Put it on the roof!
5. It’s Just Really Cool
Whether they want to admit it or not, everyone has a secret desire deep down to live in middle earth and be a hobbit. They a live a simple existence and only worry about growing things, having parties, and eating. A lot of eating. With all the money you’ll be saving on insurance, heating and cooling, and maintenance costs, you can afford to throw more parties which of course everyone will want to go to. Why? Because you live in a hobbit hole!