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Hobbit Tolkien Shire Home

Updated on December 3, 2014

Welcome to the Shire, Tolkien Fans

Gandalf, Bilbo & Frodo Baggins and the rest of the shire welcome Tolkien fans.

Here you will find a fun education about Tolkien culture including unusual stories about hobbit life, their priorities and ways of living and giving. Ever heard of a mathom gift? Scroll on down to learn why these are the only type of gifts given by hobbits.

Also you will find the latest Hobbit Movie Trailer 2012 as well as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins shire costumes and Lord Rings merchandise... even the infamous Bilbo Baggins birthday speech.

Ready for a Hobbit adventure? Then scroll on down, Tolkien fan.

image: The Lord of the Rings

Which gets your BEST version of the Tolkien stories vote, in print (books) or on the screen in films?

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POLL: Hobbit Books OR Films? - What's your favorite way to visit the hobbits & magic of the shire?

If you have both read "The Hobbit" books and have seen the films, do you have a preference?


What Did Hobbits Look Like Anyway?

How to know a hobbit when you see one...

Most distinguishing hobbit features:

1) Hobbits were short. They were smaller than dwarves and would usually stand only between two and four feet tall.

2) Check the ears. Hobbit ears were slightly pointed, kind of like Spock.

3) Furry Feet! Hobbit feet were VERY hairy! ...and their feet had leathery soles, so most hobbits never wore shoes. They also were able to walk without making any noise at all.

4) The Hobbits were fond of wearing bright colors, especially yellow and green.

5) Curly brown hair. Hobbit hair was usually bright golden brown, and almost always curly.

Bilbo Baggins Birthday Speech

"I don't know half of you

half as well as I should like;

and I like less than half of you

half as well as you deserve."

Hobbit Home
Hobbit Home

Hobbit Homes & Tolkien Hideaways

Unique Hobbit architecture is especially noted by doors and windows that are ROUND!

Hobbit homes were especially notable for their round doors and windows, much like all Hobbit architecture.

These unique hobbit homes were also called hobbit-holes, or tunnel dwellings.

Hobbits tend to build their homes in a way that is tucked into the earth rather than rising above it, such as this hobbit home this is built into a hillside.

Colorful and surrounded by flowers and attractive growth, a hobbit home is a unique sight indeed.


Hobbit Habits and Tolkien Culture

Food, ale, parties & gifts were all important to hobbits.

Hobbits like simple food such as bread, meat, potatoes, and cheese. Hobbits also have a passion for mushrooms and like to drink ale, often in inns similar to the English country folk.

Tolkien chose the name 'Shire' for one part of Middle Earth where the Hobbits live, and that was clearly inspired by and reminiscent of the English Shires.

Hobbits enjoyed farming, food, ales, parties and the giving and receiving of presents. They were friendly and peace-loving, and did not concern themselves much with the happenings of the world beyond the Shire.

They enjoy seven meals a day, when they can get them - breakfast (7 a.m.), second breakfast (9 a.m.), elevenses (11 a.m.), luncheon (1 p.m.), afternoon tea (4 p.m.), dinner (6 p.m.), and supper (8 p.m.)

Hobbits are not considered mature adults until age 33!
Hobbits are not considered mature adults until age 33!

How Old is that Hobbit in the Window?

Hobbits live much longer than humans.

Hobbits were clearly related to humans as a race, but lived much longer.

The average lifespan of a Hobbit was 100 years, and some even lived until they were 130 years old! Live long and prosper, indeed!

A young hobbit was not accepted as a mature adult until age 33, compared to age 18 for humans.

So a Hobbit who is 50 years old would only be considered middle-aged.


Smoking Herb is a Hobbit Habit

Smoking pipe-weed was a favorite hobbit habit.

Hobbits also enjoyed smoking an ancient variety of tobacco, which they referred to as 'pipe-weed'

Pipe-weed was NOT weed as in marijuana weed, though many DO enjoy that word play. ================>

Hobbits did NOT smoke pot. Instead the pipe-weed loved by hobbits was a unique form of sweet-smelling tobacco. This was most likely related to their love of gardening and herb-lore.


Gandalf was not a hobbit, but a great wizard who was both admired and also feared by Hobbits. You see, hobbits were usually friendly and happy-go-lucky, but they also tended to be shy of men.

Hobbits like a quiet and peaceful life, and Gandalf brought adventure to Bilbo Baggins, encouraged him toward adventures outside the shire. So Gandalf was frowned upon sometimes.

The other hobbits who saw Bilbo returning from his long journey to the Lonely Mountain with his steed laden with great chests of gold thought... 'that Gandalf is trouble'.

POLL: Musings About Mathoms - Unique Recycled and/or Upcycled Gift Ideas

Some people are giving mathoms instead of the usual traditional kinds of gifts this year for Christmas or birthdays or whatever occasion. What do you think about that?

What do you think about giving mathoms as gifts?

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Bilbo Baggins Style Gift-Giving

Can you fathom a mathom?

Bilbo Baggins here, to clear the air about gift giving hobbit style. You see, hobbits have a unique style for giving treasured gifts. We believe in recycling, you see, or call it upcycling if you will. Our gifts are given as presents many times over.

We hobbits believe that the best gifts are gifts with history. We do NOT buy them at stores. Look around your home. I'll just bet you have some unique items hanging around that maybe at one time were treasured, after a time maybe not so much anymore. Yet these items are things you'd never throw away into the trash.

Humans sometimes call these 'white elephant gifts' => what a silly name! We call such items 'MATHOMS' and collecting mathoms is a very popular hobby for us Hobbits. We even delight in the search for a mathom that is truly unique to add to our ever-growing collection.

In fact, hobbits have the custom of giving away these gifts (mathoms) on our birthdays instead of receiving them. A mathom might be some sentimental item that has been treasured. Mathoms tend to have little monetary value but tend to be loaded with memories.

A mathom might be simply a gift to a friend

who helped you out in a time of need.

There is no need for a special occasion

to give a mathom gift.

A mathom is a gift with history!

— Bilbo Baggins

The Painted Gourd Gift


An artist creates these painted gourds by the hundreds, no two alike. The owner had received it as a gift and loved it but was moving and needed to release some treasures, so she brought this unique gourd to the festivities as a mathom gift.

Hobbits Were Hoarders!

Yes, hobbits delight in their precious mathom collections. Oy my yes, they'd be considered hoarders.

Yes hobbits were hoarders. They were obsessive about their mathom collections, and couldn't even consider the decluttering option if that meant throwing away their prescious mathom collections. Now that was a real problem when you consider their tiny homes.

Those tiny holes in the earth had no basements nor attics to store stuff in, so they tended to be crammed full of mathoms. Some hobbits even stored their mathoms in museums! Yes, a mathom museum. Guess maybe that's sort of like an antique mall without price tags, think?

"Anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom. Their dwellings were apt to become rather crowded with mathoms, and many of the presents that passed from hand to hand were of that sort".

~ J.R.R Tolkien

A friend invites you to a mathom gift exchange party. How do you respond?

Video Trailer of "The Hobbit" - a quick peak into the lives of Hobbits and the land of Tolkien

This is the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a somewhat chubby hobbit. Bilbo finds himself inadvertently driven into an adventure by Gandalf, the Wizard. Along with Gandalf and some dwarves, Bilbo The Hobbit finds himself on a journey to Lonely Mountain. There a dragon called Smaug hoards and guards stolen treasure. The journey is fraught with both adventure and peril!

An Unexpected Journey - Movie Poster


Can't Fathom a Mathom?

Find other gifts below for your favorite Tolkien fan.

The Hobbit Trilogy on DVD - a more traditional Tolkien gift, for those who cannot fathom a mathom

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Special Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Special Extended Edition)

While many versions of this trilogy exist on film, this deluxe extended edition is the ultimate for fans of Lord of the Rings. EACH story ('The Fellowship of the Ring', 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King') has between 30-60 minutes added in and the entire set has been re-edited with new music and extended music scores which GREATLY enhance the plot and characters. Characters and their journeys become so much clearer and more interesting in a seamless way!


The Hobbit on Audio - Listen to the Tolkien adventures while driving or whatever...

The Hobbit
The Hobbit

Curious about Hobbits but no time to read?

Hear the classic story on audio.

Take the Tolkien adventures with you wherever you go.

Classic unabridged version of the Tolkien adventures.


Search Amazon for Hobbit Books - Many many editions and versions of the epic Tolkien tale

You might be surprised to find the many versions of this Tolkien classic. Interest in the original Hobbit Trilogy has spawned many newer editions to be published over the years.

This is the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a somewhat chubby hobbit. Bilbo finds himself inadvertently driven into an adventure by Gandalf, the Wizard. Along with Gandalf and some dwarves, Bilbo The Hobbit finds himself on a journey to Lonely Mountain. There the dragon called Smaug hoards and guards stolen treasure.

This hobbit journey is fraught with both adventure and peril!

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      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      The books bring back many happy memories for me from my childhood of being completely immersed in a new and exciting world. I am not sure the films quite did that for me but I still enjoyed them although they felt like a bit of a marathon at times.

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      4 years ago

      I collect Hobbit items, lots of Lego especially but figures, books and other items too. I'd love a gourd with a Hobbit house painted on the front - that would be very cool indeed. I enjoyed your page very much and laughed at the posters you picked.

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      5 years ago

      Loads of good information here, enjoyed reading it all. Thanks! :-)

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      6 years ago

      I can hardly wait for the release of Jacksons' The Hobbit. Too bad it's in two parts, We have to wait for the second half. Then again, once they are both in the DVD collection, it means more Middle Earth fun!

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      Ian Casey 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I first read the Hobbit in middle school - LOTR in high school. Loved the movies too :)

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      I read The Hobbitt and the trilogy many times years ago, I really do need to get them out, dust them off and rread them again. Great lens

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      6 years ago

      love this site...................

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      Zut Moon 

      7 years ago

      Bilbo Baggins ... Come off the glue , eh ....

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @OhMe: That's a GREAT idea! We all have tons of mathoms, so why not recycle them all? You in St. Louis? Let's have a mathom party! Mathoms are actually very similar to what some call white elephant tons of those too. :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I didn't know what a Mathom was until reading this and now realize that I have a house full of Mathoms. I think I need to have a party and give each person one of my many Mathoms.


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