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Bag End Floor Plan

Bag End Floor Plan

By the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo adopted his cousin (and nephew) Frodo as his heir. Frodo became the Master of Bag End on their mutual birthday, when Frodo turned 33 and Bilbo turned 111 years old. Bilbo left to live with the elves at Rivendell. Frodo remained content at Bag End until Gandalf returned and confirmed that Bilbo’s ring was actually the One Ring. Preparations for departure ensued, with Frodo selling Bag End to the Sackville-Bagginses and moving to Crickhollow before departing on the Quest of the Ring.
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Bag End Floor Plan

So, if there’s one thing you should get from this passage, it is that there is only one hallway in Bag End. Not two — no crossways — and no stairs. Just a single hallway. But something else people don’t seem to realize is that Bag End is more-or-less set against the (in)side of the hill. The tunnel doesn’t exactly run through the hill — not it’s center, at any rate. It runs parallel to the side of the hill facing the Water. I think a lot of Bag End receations overlook this fact.
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Bag End Floor Plan

Upon their return, during the Scouring of the Shire, Frodo and company discovered that Lotho Sackville-Baggins had made Bag End his power base as he became Chief of the Shire. He succeeded only too well and lost control of the entire enterprise; after Saruman arrived, Gríma Wormtongue killed Lotho in his sleep. Frodo and his companions would later see Saruman killed on his front porch, thus ending the Battle of Bywater. Afterwards, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins ceded Bag End back to Frodo.
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Bag End Floor Plan

Frodo then resumed living in Bag End and was joined by Sam, upon his marriage to Rosie. However, with wounds too deep to heal, in TA 3021 Frodo named Sam his heir and left to cross the sea into the Uttermost West. Bag End remained in the Gamgee family (later known as the Gardners) for at least three generations afterward.
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Bag End Floor Plan

The name Bag End name came from the real-life farmhouse in the tiny Worcestershire village of Dormston, in which Tolkien’s aunt lived. It can also be seen as a pun on “cul-de-sac” (literally, “bottom of the bag”). In the books, it is supposedly a translation of the Westron Labin-nec, which has much the same meaning, and bears the same relationship to the Westron form of Baggins: Labingi.
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Bag End Floor Plan

Now, you don’t have to build your hobbit hole exactly like Bag End. You could model your hole on some other floor-plan. We have, for example, a partial description of the house at Crickhollow:
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Bag End Floor Plan

We always advise to start small with one simple project — maybe a tool shed, one room cabin, etc. so you can learn the necessary skills with low risk. It would take a large crew and tons of money to build Bag End as shown in the drawing… That’s just a fantasy plan, not reality.
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Bag End Floor Plan

The beautiful hole was a point of contention between Bilbo and his relatives the Sackville-Bagginses, who very much desired to own it. Here, Bilbo lived a quiet existence until the wizard Gandalf appeared with 13 Dwarves at the beginning of The Hobbit and Bilbo went off on his adventure. Upon his return he discovered the contents of the smial being auctioned off, since he had gone missing and was assumed to have died. The Sackville-Bagginses were disappointed at his return and their loss of Bag End.
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For example, you need a hill — and not just any hill, but a hill with a side that allows for a hobbit hole like Bilbo’s. Conveniently, if your backyard lacks such a hill you still have an option (and at least one intrepid hole builder has already figured that out). But before we get too far into this, let’s take a look at J.R.R. Tolkien’s description of Bag End from The Hobbit:
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Solar-powered Bag End — Thinking both green, natural, and modern (okay, that calls for something other than “both”) this innovative family is hard at work building a hobbit hole that will have power for as long as the sun keeps shining. Solar-powered homes probably would not have worked in the Shire, which was pretty far north and close to the rainy seas. Still, with the right technology you could probably develop a solar-powered hobbit hole that works “like magic”. Just hope that the Elves don’t get upset with you for stealing their secrets. Galadriel was pretty good at harnessing the light of sun, moon, and stars.

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