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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that meant comfort."
Description of a Hobbit-hole[1]

Hobbit-holes, otherwise called Smials, were the preferred dwellings of Hobbits in the Shire.


They were holes dug into hillsides, banks, earth mounds or downs, and usually had a minimum of one round window, a front door, and sometimes a back door. It was primarily the wealthy Hobbit families that built spacious and luxurious versions of a Hobbit-hole. Brandy Hall was an example of a deeply delved Smial, having three front doors, many side-doors, and around one-hundred windows. Bag End, the home of Bilbo Baggins and later the Sackville-Bagginses, and then Sam Gamgee, can be considered a large and ramifying Smial. It was an expansive Hobbit-hole with many windows; a large circular green front and back door, and an ample number of rooms; as well as the famously renowned pantries which supplied food for many a party or celebration.

On the other hand, the poor lived in old burrows or primitive diggings, with perhaps only a single window. An example of this was Bagshot Row. The famous Took family lived in the Great Smials, their ancestral home, a many-tunneled mansion suitable for a hundred Hobbits.

During the Scouring of the Shire, many Hobbit-holes were destroyed and replaced with wooden shacks.[2]


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Hobbitgat
Albanian Vrima Hobitit
Amharic ሆቢት ጉድጓድ
Arabic حفرة هوبيت
Armenian Հոբիթներ անցք
Azerbaijani Hobbit deşik
Basque Hobbit zuloa
Belarusian Cyrillic Нара хобіта
Bengali হবিট গর্ত
Bosnian Hobitska rupa
Bulgarian Cyrillic Дупка на Хобити
Catalan Forat Hòbbit
Chinese 哈比人洞穴
Croatian Hobit rupa
Czech Hobití nora
Danish Hobbithul
Dutch Hobbithol
Esperanto Hobito-truo
Finnish Hobitti reikä
French Trou de Hobbit
Frisian Hobbitgat (Western)
Galician Agujero Hobbit
Georgian ჰობიტის ხვრელი
German Hobbitlöch
Greek Χόμπιτ τρύπα
Gujarati હોબિટ ગુફા
Hebrew הוביט מחפורת
Hindi हॉबिट छेद
Hungarian Hobbit-lyuk
Icelandic Hobbitahola
Indonesian Lubang Hobbit
Irish Gaelic Hobbit-poll
Italian Caverna Hobbit
Japanese ホビットの穴
Kannada ಹೊಬ್ಬಿಟ್ ಹೋಲ್
Kazakh Хоббит тесік (Cyrillic) Xobbït tesik (Latin)
Konkani हॉबिट बुराक
Korean 호빗 구멍
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Хоббит тешиги
Latin Hobbit foraminis
Latvian Hobita bedre
Lithuanian Hobito skylė
Luxembourgish Hobbit Lach
Macedonian Cyrillic Хобитска дупка
Malayalam ഹോബിറ്റ് ദ്വാരം
Malaysian Lubang hobbit
Maltese Toqba hobbit
Marathi हॉबिट गुहा
Mongolian Cyrillic Хоббит нүх
Nepalese होबिट प्वाल
Norwegian Hobbithull
Persian سوراخ هابیت
Polish Dziura hobbita
Portuguese Buraco Hobbit
Punjabi ਹੌਬਿਟ ਮੋਰੀ
Romanian Gaura Hobbit
Russian Нора хоббита
Sanskrit हॉबिट छिद्रम्
Scottish Gaelic Hobbit-toll
Serbian Хобитска рупа (Cyrillic) Hobitska rupa (Latin)
Sicilian Funnu Hobbit
Sinhalese හොබිට් කුහරය
Slovak Hobitia diera
Slovenian Hobitova luknja
Spanish Agujero Hobbit
Swahili Hobbit-shimo
Swedish Hoberhål
Tajik Cyrillic Сӯрохи Хоббит
Tamil ஹொபிட் துளை
Tatar Хоббит тишеге
Telugu హాబిట్ రంధ్రం
Thai ถ้ําฮ็อบบิต
Turkish Hobbit delik
Turkmen Hobbit deşigi
Ukrainian Cyrillic Гобітова нора
Urdu ہابٹ چھید
Uzbek Ҳоббит-тешик (Cyrillic) Hobbit-teshik (Latin)
Vietnamese lỗ Hobbit
Welsh Hobbit Twll
Yiddish האָבביט לאָך