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Posted by Boghound on November 28, 2012


Lord of the Rings fan builds life-size Hobbit hole out of 2,600 balloons

Lord of the Rings fan and dad-of-three Jeremy Telford has built a spectacular Hobbit hole out of 2,600 balloons, a feat that’s taken him 40 hours over three days.

Mr Telford, 34, inflated the balloons using a hand-pump to bring JRR Tolkien’s world to life in his living room.

The Utah father-of-three’s children can be seen helping the professional balloon artist, who is part of the group Balloon Guy Entertainment, in a YouTube video as he creates his own version of Bag End.

After carefully planning with his wife, they set up a camera to take pictures every 18 seconds for a time-lapse video.

The detail of the creation can be seen right down to a fireplace with balloon lamps, a pantry with working doors and a fruit bowl filled with balloon apples.

Mr Telford, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, said: ‘I’ve been wanting to build something from The Hobbit for a while now.

‘My wife and I sat down and picked out a few days to set aside for the build.

‘We figured out how to get most of the furniture out of our living room and planned out how to build around the rest.’

He said all three children – aged seven, five, and two – helped him along the way.

Mr Telford says he has been a Tolkien fan since he first read The Hobbit in Junior High School.

He spent hours Googling 18th-century English furniture to find the right style, then he designed the layout and estimated how many balloons he would need.

Once finished, it stayed up for three days.

‘After three days we let the kids demolish it for another two,’ said Mr Telford.

‘They were sad when it was finally time to reclaim the living room for living.’

Mr Telford has also created life-size replicas of a stegosaurus, a complete T-rex skeleton, and a motorcycle.

He also performed his balloon act during the 2002 Winter Olympics and wrote a book about his skill, called Balloonology.

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