Sunday Morning Round-Up: Hobbit Houses, Life Savers, and Bad Apples

Your one-stop shop for the week’s most interesting bookish news and reviews


A Real-Life Hobbit House

Peter Jackson, director of the hugely successful Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, has built an exact replica of Bilbo’s house, Bag End, in his basement!  Based on the books by the wonderful JRR Tolkien, Jackson has created an exact replica of the film set under his mansion in New Zealand – and it’s underground and through a bookcase.  Now that man clearly knows how to spend his money.  Whose house would you recreate if you could?  I think for me, it would have to be Mr Norrell’s Yorkshire house, as featured in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

But alas, until we are all rich and famous, we’ll have to make do with a few nights in a magical place.  How about the Harry Potter experience in London?  Or perhaps you could drop into Wonderland House and be Alice for a few days.  Check out some more bookish hotels here.

Peter Jackson leaving a Hobbit House in 2012. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
Peter Jackson leaving a Hobbit House in 2012. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Curing Loneliness, the Bookish Way

Lit Reactor this week have announced a little known cure for loneliness: reading.  They’ve come up with eight reasons why a good book can pull you out of the self-pity you feel when lonesome – and they’re pretty solid reasons too.  Have you ever had a book cancel a date on you?  Nope, me neither.

Bad Apple

A US1422217829 federal appeals court this week has ruled against tech giant Apple after they appealed against a decision made back in 2013.  Apple still maintain that they did nothing wrong back in 2010, when they are accused of conspiring with six publishing leviathans to raise e-book prices as they entered the electronic publishing world, but a 2:1 vote against them in court says that the government disagrees.

Life-Saving Books

Amid all the horrific news of the terrorist attacks in Tunisia this week, one nurse from Aberystwyth tells how reading her book had saved her life.  Ingrid Evans delayed her trip to the now infamous beach because she just couldn’t put her book down.  So there it is, yet more evidence that a good book really can save your life!

And for the fun link of the week: The Readers’ Roller Derby

I’ve always quite fancied the idea of being in a roller derby but hubby says I’ll only break a wrist or an ankle (or most likely, both).  Still, one thing is for sure – if I went,derbygirl I’d have to have a literary based name.  Rachel Manwell at Book Riot has compiled a list of some of the best literary roller derby names.  I can’t decide on my favourite – Lady MacDeath, Sherlock Bones, Killer Mockingbird, or sticking with the Tolkien theme: Killbo Baggins!

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