A Hobbit House Made Completely From Balloons

Sarah Bernard
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Thanks to the Internet, fandom and geek culture are no longer taboo. In fact, creating an ode to one's obsession, whether a sports team or a comic book hero, and sending it out into the social media world, can make a person an instant celeb of sorts.

That's exactly what has happened to Jeremy Telford, a balloon artist from Pleasant Grove, Utah. Telford is a superfan of the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, and he used 2,600 balloons to re-create Bag End, the home of Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit.

Balloon Bag End features a fireplace with balloon flames, roof beams, a chandelier, a fruit centerpiece, a pantry with working doors, and much more. It took Telford three 10- to 15-hour-long days to complete the project.

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Telford is no stranger to the ambitious concept. He has created life-size replicas of a stegosaurus, a complete T. rex skeleton, and a motorcycle. This is just the latest high mark in his career. He performed his act at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, won an award at a 2009 international competition of balloon artists in Las Vegas, and he wrote a book ("Balloonology") that is considered one of the best on the topic.

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