All paths seem drowned deep in shadow as the U.S. housing slump affects hobbits and humans alike. One of the more interesting housing developments in trouble is the Shire, a Tolkein-esque village in Bend, Oregon.
The homes and townhouses feature dragon-shaped support beams, Middle Earth-ish stonework, and fake thatched roofs. A number of waterways and trails in the community lead to a place called the “Ring Bearer's Court.”
The Bend Bulletin reports that there’s only one resident of the ailing development at the moment. But while the Ring Wraiths of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis are to be feared, I'm still finding the idea of owning my own “hobbit hole” tool shed to be very ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë.