Stunning pictures of real-life "Hobbit" house

No, these photos weren't taken in the Shire, but rather in the Swiss village of Vals, where an underground home set amidst a cluster of mountain houses looks like something only Frodo—or someone who wants to live like a hobbit—could love.

Designed in a collaboration between the Netherlands architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects, the home is embedded in a hillside that opens to a majestic alpine view through a wide, elliptical opening—perfect for spotting any approaching armies of orcs that might be nearby.

Check out more pictures at Trendir.

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