RE: [mythsoc] Bilbo's Home
From The Hobbit:
The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.
From Fellowship, ch. 1:
Inside Bag End, Bilbo and Gandalf were sitting at the open window of a small room looking out west on to the garden. The late afternoon was bright and peaceful.
Next morning after a late breakfast, the wizard was sitting with Frodo by the open window of the study. A bright fire was on the hearth, but the sun was warm, and the wind was in the South.
After a while Gandalf got up, closed the shutters outside the window, and drew the curtains. The room became dark and silent, though the clack of Sam's shears, now nearer to the windows, could still be heard faintly from the garden.
He went to the window and drew aside the curtains and the shutters. Sunlight streamed back again into the room.
Frodo wandered round the familiar rooms, and saw the light of the sunset fade on the walls, and shadows creep out of the corners. It grew slowly dark indoors.
'Well, now we're off at last!' said Frodo. They shouldered their packs and took up their sticks, and walked round the corner to the west side of Bag End. 'Good-bye!' said Frodo, looking at the dark blank windows.
Between the text, map, and pictures, it sounds like the front door faces south, and the rooms with windows follow the curve of the hill, facing south and then west.
Janet Brennan Croft
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> [Gerry Blair wrote:]
> I wonder if any one can help me with a question.
> Was Bilbo's home on the south facing side of the hill?
> Did he take advantage of solar gain to heat? Just
> something I have often wondered.
Yes, I think so. Looking at Tolkien's map of the Shire, the road through Hobbiton up to Bag End seems to run more or less perpendicular to The Water, with The Water running east/west, the road running more or less north/south (actually, a bit more like northeast/southwest, but it winds back to the west going up The Hill). In any case, the map shows that The Hill is pretty much due north of Hobbiton. The map agrees closely with Tolkien's painting, "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the-Water", so using the two together, the map reveals that we are looking north in the painting. You can see Bilbo's door near the top of The Hill, facing toward Hobbiton, i.e., facing south. :)
Thanks to everyone for the response to my question. I guess it only seems right that a well-to-do Hobbit would live on the sunny south side of the hill.Gerry
- Clearly Kristine Larsen in not a member of this list….We know that the Shire is in the Northern Hemisphere both because a) Tolkien says so, and b) the constellations mentioned as visible from the Shire and environs — Ursa Major ("Sickle of the Valar"), the Pleiades (Remmirath), Orion (Menelvagor), Cassiopeia (Wilwarin) — are all northern ones.CarlOn Jan 28, 2013, at 11:01 AM, WendellWag@... wrote:How do you even know that he lives in the Northern Hemisphere? Only in the Northern Hemisphere does the south side of the hill take advantage of facing the sun.Wendell WagnerIn a message dated 1/28/2013 10:59:46 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, gerryblair68@... writes:
Hello to AllI wonder if any one can help me with a question. Was Bilbo's home on the south facing side of the hill? Did he take advantage of solar gain to heat? Just something I have often wondered.ThanksGerry