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Few things say home to me like Bag End. The home of the Baggins is described as comfortable, cozy, and safe. It’s the perfect theme for a nursery, and Britten thought the Shire would be an ideal baby friendly setting. She worked with artists Nicole Shobe and Minda for three months to finish the murals. The images feature Bag End, the rolling hills of the Shire, and cobbled stone paths. I’d love to step into these paintings and go on an adventure.

More photos of the epic room after the break.

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Maddie started a massive project in March of 2009: she began building a miniature replica of Bag End. Her version of Bilbo and Frodo Baggin’s home is gorgeous and packed with a crazy number of details like the vegetable garden, the dishes in the kitchen, and the fireplace. No surface was left untouched. The top of the hill comes off so you can peek into the inside.

She applied the techniques she learned from making miniature scenery for Warhammer to creating the hobbit hole, and it looks so cozy I’d like to shrink myself so I could move in.

Check out photos of the details after the break.

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Bag End tends to be charming regardless of the setting, but this bonsai tree-scape pushes the delightful meter beyond measure. It’s cute and perfect, and I’d like to shrink myself and move in right now please.

Chris Guise shaped the tree and then constructed the familiar Hobbit hole. The bricks on the front were cut from roofing tile, and he carefully fashioned the brass doorknob on a metalworking lathe. Like a boss. He added paint and finishing touches like moss between the bricks, and voila – Bag End. He spent over 80 hours on the project, and I think every minute was worth it.

Check out more pics after the break, including a winterized version of the tree.

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Having a comfortable place to hang your hat and kick off your shoes is of the utmost importance. I know, a roof over your head is better than none at all but daydreaming about places I want to live one day doesn’t mean I’m ungrateful for what I have now. A few places in fiction are near to my heart  and when I read about them or see them on screen, I can’t help but fantasize about calling them home.

Bag End as seen in The Hobbit (pictured above) is at the top of my list. It’s cozy and even though its full of knickknacks and mementos, it speaks of a simpler life.

See four more places I’d move into tomorrow if I could after the break.

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I predict this photo of a 50-year-old edition of The Hobbit in Hobbiton will be re-created over and over again. And it will be just as awesome every time.

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Just a couple of weeks ago I sat down with my Lego set for Bag End and built a Hobbit hole on my coffee table. Unfortunately, it is not as cool as this Hobbit hole.

Lego built a life-sized Bag End! I assume it’s going to be used for promotion for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but I’m hoping it makes its way to San Diego Comic-Con next summer – then I can try to steal it (all I need is a crane and a semi). Here’s what they had to say about it:

It took a team of 12 model shop employees 3,000 hours to build this life size model of the LEGO Bag End set. In addition to containing over 2 million 1×1 bricks this model has working lights in the fireplace and over the book stand as well as a chimney that really smokes!

We wants it, precious!

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It took 3 days and over 2,600 balloons for The Balloon Guy, Jeremy Telford, to make this recreation of Bag End. He spent 10-15 hours a day blowing up balloons and twisting them into shape to make this amazing tribute to The Hobbit. There are some great details like a basket of apples on the table, a chandelier, and even a fire in the fireplace.

See a time-lapse video of the process after the break…

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