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Tolkien superfan re-creates hobbit house … from 2,600 Balloonsin

What would you do if you had 2,600 balloons and a lot of free time on your hands?

For Jeremy Telford, a father of three from Utah, the answer was obvious: build an inflatable replica of Bag End, the home of the character Bilbo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Telford, a 34-year-old professional balloon artist from Pleasant Grove who happens to be a Tolkien superfan, spent nearly 40 hours over three days re-creating the hobbit retreat in his living room using a hand pump to inflate all the building materials.

The 34-year-old Utah man, who is part of the group Balloon Guy Entertainment, started out by researching 18th century English furniture to get the style down, re-read The Hobbit and then designed a layout for his version of Bag End.

The end result was a life-sized balloon Bag End, complete with a fireplace with balloon lames, roof beams, a chandelier, a pantry with working doors, an armchair with a matching footstool and even a fruit centerpiece filled with balloon apples.