My fellow Lord of the Rings fans, our almost nine year wait for another film based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels comes to an end tomorrow with the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. One of the things that made the LOTR films so mesmerizing was how Tolkein’s fantasy world was so realistically (and awesomely) brought to life.

Of all the magical villages and places we saw in the earlier films and that we’re sure to see again in “The Hobbit”, we really like ‘The Shire’ and the Elven land of ‘Rivendell’. In fact, we think those communities and homes are so great that we even did some research and wrote about each.

If you didn’t get a chance to see our write ups on the home of the Hobbits and “the last homely house east of the sea”, you can get to them via the links below:

Homes for ‘The Hobbit’ – The Shire
“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.” (Read More)

Homes for ‘The Hobbit’ – Rivendell
“His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” (Read More)

Are you headed out to theaters this weekend to watch the movie? Let us know! @coldwellbanker