Peter Jackson Keeps Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit Hole in His Basement
If you have a basement, chances are you keep things like boxes of old stuff, disintegrating furniture and various household items in it. If you have a cool basement, you might have some pinball machines or something down there. But Peter Jackson has the coolest basement of all: the director had Bag End, the home of Bilbo Baggins, installed beneath his home.
Jackson devoted over a decade to making The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, so it makes sense that it might be a little difficult to let those stories go. According to Stuff (via Uproxx), Jackson purchased an impressive two-story mansion from the 1930s and persuaded New Line Cinema to allow him to keep Bag End when production on his epic trilogies was completed.
Artist Bino Smith worked on both Jackson’s house and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, and he describes the basement Bag End as “exactly the same as the movie — but it’s livable.” It’s also probably a great place to have second breakfast and elevenses. Jackson can access the Hobbit hole from a secret passage, making it an even more special place to entertain guests like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Danny DeVito, who have all been to Jackson’s basement Bag End.
While Jackson is also planning on adding train tracks and an airport/hangar for his collection of World War I planes, the Bag End in his basement is by far the coolest attraction.