Hob­bit home a Tolkien point with fans

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lorna Hughes - Heather Green­away

He’s small, bare­foot and lives in a fairy­tale house in the woods – but Stu­art Grant says he’s more Seven Dwarfs than Hob­bit. The 86-year-old re­tired wood­cut­ter, whose home has caused a stir with Lord of the Rings fans, says he’s never read the JRR Tolkien clas­sic. Stu­art, whose In­ver­ness- shire cot­tage fea­tures in tonight’s episode of Chan­nel 4’s World’s Weird­est Homes, says his house is more Dis­ney-in­spired.

The 5ft 3in OAP, who built his Tormich bolt­hole in 1984 long be­fore the Lord of the Rings books hit the big screen, said: “I’ve never read The Hob­bit and my house pre­dates the movies by decades. It’s just co­in­ci­den­tal that even my door looks like the Hob­bit doors in the films.

“I’ve tried to watch the movies but I fell asleep half­way through. I get a lot of Lord of the Rings fans com­ing to my door but it’s just my home not a Hob­bit house.

“The stairs have an owl carved into each step which I copied from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so I’m more Happy than Hob­bit.”

MAGIC Stu­art’s home

SNOW BAD In­side cot­tage

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