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Dec 12, 2012 7:19 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Far from the Shire, a Hobbit house in Pa. country

HESTER COUNTY, Pa. (AP) - Worlds away from the Shire, a little stone cottage tucked into the Pennsylvania countryside would make Bilbo Baggins feel like he was back home with his Hobbit friends in Middle-earth.

Nestled in a part of Chester County dotted with picturesque barns and rolling fields that are surprisingly close to Philadelphia, this Hobbit house belongs to a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The 600-square foot building was created as a quiet place for the owner to privately enjoy the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" memorabilia and rare books he has collected in 30 years of travel in the U.S. and abroad.

Features include a round door with a knob in the center, just as Tolkien described in his book "The Hobbit."

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