I love tiny houses. They often seem so quaint and charming. I spend hours searching countless internet directories for pictures of tiny houses to inspire my own designs. One tiny house I have fallen in love with, and I know you will too, is The Hobbit House at Jurustic Park. This is a uniquely inspired tiny house that looks like it is straight out of a movie and is a must-see for any tiny house lover, especially if you’re in, or driving through, Wisconsin.
Clyde Wynia, an amateur paleontologist, is the proud owner of The Hobbit House at Jurustic Park. Wynia has quite the imagination and has resurrected what he terms ‘now extinct creatures’ that once inhabited the large McMillan Marsh near Marshfield, Wisconsin. Wynia has created ferrous metal but occasionally stainless, high carbon and exotic alloy species that he claims died out when farming and industry moved to the area in the mid-1800’s. He encourages people to browse his website and visit Jurustic Park to learn more about the ancient creatures and see some of his replicas that inhabit the park. While all of his folk-art creatures are unique, perhaps the most impressive structure in Jurustic Park is the tiny Hobbit House, modeled after houses from the movie The Hobbit.
Like Wynia’s rustic metal creatures, Hobbits are a fictional humanoid race who inhabit Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction novels. Hobbits first appeared in the novel The Hobbit whose protagonist goes by the name Bilbo Baggins. More hobbits are included in the novel The Lord of the Rings and major characters include Frodo Baggins, Peregrin Took, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Samwise Gamgee. According to Tolkien, hobbits are relatives of the race of Men but are a variety or separate branch of humans. In Tolkien’s works, Hobbits are between two and four feet tall and dress in bright colors, seemingly favoring green and yellow. They are shy creatures of great courage, and their feet are covered with curly brown hair. They are always depicted as unadventurous sorts who prefer a simple life of farming, eating and socializing. While some hobbits live underground in hillsides, downs, and banks, others craft tiny homes notable for their round doors and windows.
Wynia’s tiny Hobbit House is no exception. Though above-ground, it features a rounded door with round windows and is made of earthy materials, including wood and stone. It is a miniature, whimsical little house that exists merely for the sake of existing, as art, for all visitors to view. It is also the workshop for Clyde Wynia’s wife, Nancy, who is an artist in her own right. Though her specialty is fibers and glass and she is an expert with a lathe and blowtorch. The couple who have been married since 1957 are a wonderfully creative pair and about his wife, Clyde has been known to say “You have no idea how much I appreciate this woman.”
While the Hobbit House is merely a workshop for a wonderfully talented woman, it would also make the perfect tiny home for someone seeking a slightly different shelter (though height restrictions might have to apply!). Surprisingly, there is actually a wide array of real-life houses that look like they belong in the Shire (the Hobbit’s native land), many of them just as charming as the Wynia’s Hobbit House. So for a little delight, and a lot of entertainment by the owners, the Hobbit House is a must-see if even you find yourself in or passing through Wisconsin! You have to see this tiny home to truly appreciate it.
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