In a hole in the ground there lives a hobbit....
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 and 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, dining – rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the left – hand 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.
Have you ever noticed how important the concept of 'home' is , int both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings ? Home is there the hobbit heart is, home is where Bilbo long to return on his great adventure with he dwarves. Samwise is often homesick as as accompany Frodo on his quest. Tolkien spend time to tell us about 'homes' -- the first one we encounters , of course, Bag End, residence of Mister Bilbo Baggins of the Shire. The description of Bag End is so accurate and detailed , Tolkien is 'painting' with his words so that by reading, we can just see exactly how Bilbo's home look. It is a comfortable and cozy place , a home that is lived and loved- Bag End is what many would describe as the perfect place to live.
Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear and sadness.
458 miles east of Bag End an other great dwelling is awaiting for us. In the protected Valley of Rivendell, near the western slopes of the Misty Mountains stands the legendary House of Elrond, home to generations of Elves and a refuge for many travelers. Often called "The Last Homely House," this large and beautiful building has been a tranquil yet well-protected and strongly-guarded refuge for as long as most memories can recall. The house itself is luxurious , with a seemingly endless number of rooms, libraries, gardens and other tranquil spaces. The dominant room in the home is the Hall of Fire, a large, pillared room so-named for the tremendous hearth in which a roaring fire is ever-burning. The Hall of Fire is a place of quiet reflection for most hours of the day, but is also a vibrant gathering place for lively song and storytelling in times of celebration. Bilbo will live in the House of Elrond in Rivendell for a number of years, and often frequented the Hall of Fire for a bit of writing, or just to sit by the fire and rest.
Yesterday I was finally given the keys of my new home Hobbity Cottage , this is my very first home, a place I can call my own. Now I need to transform this little house into Bag End , and make it welcoming and lovely like The Last Homely House in Rivendell, so that all my guests and friends will feel happy to visit. And so here I am holding the keys of my new home and my future in my hand. Looking forward to share a small diary of my progress and this new 'homely' adventure with you.