True story: professional balloon sculptor (yes, that's a thing) and Lord of the Rings devotee Jeremy Telford recently spent 40 hours lovingly crafting his very own Hobbit Hole inside his living room using a hand pump and 2,600 balloons of various shapes and sizes. The 34-year-old denizen of Middle Earth Pleasant Grove, Utah, worked for three days constructing a cozy Hobbit habitat complete with fireplace, chandelier and 18th century-style furniture, all made from the thousands of balloons inflated by hand. And you thought you loved the Lord of the Rings films.
"I have been a Tolkien fan ever since reading The Hobbit in junior high school," Telford told Orange News, explaining the motivation behind the building of the sculpture. Besides having read the novel, Telford prepared for his Hobbit Hole project by spending "a few hours Googling 18th century English furniture to try to get a style to work from." The next step was to figure out the floor plan and calculate how many balloons his creation would require.
After getting his wife's blessing to take over the living room for what turned out to be eight days of serious balloonsmithing Telford put his three young children to work running back and forth fetching fresh balloons for the project. He programmed his camera to take photographs of the progress every 18 seconds, creating a time-lapse video that shows the construction process from start to finish—'finish' being the stage where the Hobbit Hole, only three days old, was gleefully demolished by Telford's seven, five, and two-year-old.
The latest instalment of the Lord of The Rings series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is currently in post-production and will be released December 14th. Somebody send this guy some free passes.