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Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

Mar 21, 2010

Just watched the latest Antiques Roadshow and an American woman calls her wrought iron French item from 1925 The Hobbit Tree and says that it was well before the "trilogy ever came out", which is true but very hard to argue that it influenced the books.

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Mar 21, 2010
Well, Americans (some Americans anyway) seem to think that the word 'hobbit' can mean anything they like! Take a look at this: ... 9537989&ff4=263602_263622
Mar 25, 2010

While I am not exactly proud of everything that goes on in the United States (especially in our government), I still hate to hear such generalizations. I guarantee I can find serious morons for you in just about every corner of our planet - and plenty of them are trying to capitalize on someone else's accomplishments (like this particular 'Hobbit Tree' woman).

But I guess stereotypes exist for a reason, right?
Mar 25, 2010
Point taken - nevertheless, if one looks up 'hobbit' on ebay, one finds a terrific amount of sheer tat which has nothing to do with hobbits, or JRR. And that sort of thing gets up my nose.

And guess where they all originate?
Mar 25, 2010
The boots are one example - here's another.

eBay Item #190368749646
Mar 27, 2010
Then there's this, for those with a strong stomach - ... ain_0?hash=item23051ca6fa

See what I mean? I stick by what I said; Americans - some Americans at least - have not the slightest idea of what is meant by the word 'hobbit'.
Mar 27, 2010
I think that what Americans know about the 'Hobbit,' is that if you attach it to anything, you will get hits and you will attract attention to your auctions. Do I think that it is totally lame? Do I think that it is ridiculous, sacrilege, and nearly fraudulent? Of course I do. I love Tolkien's writings, and they have very special meaning to me. Unfortunately, however, Middle Earth is known to many, many people simply as a marketing machine ala Harry Potter.

Anyway, Garm, you win. Your point has been made. There are indeed a lot of Americans who have a pretty perverted concept of who Tolkien was and what his writing was about.
Mar 27, 2010

A quick search of turned up

Hobbit Lantern Pumpkins ... p_W0QQitemZ360113750529QQ

Blowfish Hobbit button ankle boots ... 7_W0QQitemZ120546948120QQ

A "hobbit / fairy" door that I can't see a Hobbit using... ... e_W0QQitemZ230435426396QQ

A "Hobbit" Money tree? ... t_W0QQitemZ230452728101QQ

And this was just a quick scan. The botany angle was interesting, at least... (what did I just do with the last half hour? I want it back!)
Mar 27, 2010
And going back to the original post...

Trotter, it looks like that tree could well have influenced Barbara Remington, though!

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Mar 28, 2010
For people who have not read it, the interview with Barbara hosted on the Tolkien Collector's guide is very interesting. ... x.php?page=Brem+Interview

She was put back in the same place she had been with The Hobbit, having the pressure to draw blind without seeing either book, “There wasn’t any time. They wanted them right away, and I had to draw all the covers at once.”

The Hobbit Tree in the picture is similar to Barbara's picture, you can't see in the picture from the programme above but it also has orange bulbs.

If you would like to see a lot more 'faux' Tolkien items then look at this appropriately named thread on the Lord of the Rings plaza, as they all seem to appear there.

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