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  • An Italian man lives like a hobbit with his family in Bucchianico, where he has created his own Shire from "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."
  • Nicolas Gentile, a 37-year-old Italian pastry chef with a degree in geology, lives like a fictional hobbit, even donning hobbit clothing such as breeches and cloaks.
  • Gentile embarked on a journey in August, much like that of the fabled journey in “The Lord of the Rings,” walking more than 120 miles from the city of Chieti to Naples with a group of friends to toss a fake “One Ring” into Mount Vesuvius.

An Italian man has taken his passion for the fantasy-driven lives and worlds depicted in sagas such as “The Lord of the Rings” to the next level by creating his own Shire and embarking on a journey to throw the “One Ring” into Mount Vesuvius.

Nicolas Gentile, a 37-year-old Italian pastry chef with a degree in geology, lives like a fictional hobbit, even donning hobbit clothing such as breeches and cloaks.


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“Some time ago, I realised that books and films were no longer enough for me to satisfy my passion for the fantasy genre and, in particular, for the Lord of the Rings saga,” Gentile told The Guardian. “I was still reading about the lives of other people. I decided that I wanted to live my hobbit life to the fullest.”

On Aug. 27, Gentile embarked on a journey, much like that of the fabled journey in “The Lord of the Rings,” walking more than 120 miles from the city of Chieti to Naples with a group of friends to toss a fake “One Ring” into Mount Vesuvius.

Gentile was living like a hobbit prior to his journey. Gentile bought land in Bucchianico near Chieti, which he called Gentile’s Shire, and built his own hobbit house, where he lives with his wife and two children. Now, Gentile wants to further develop his land into a hobbit village for friends and visitors to come and experience the fantasy life depicted in his favorite sagas.

‘I realised that I have always lived in the Shire. The only thing missing was to become aware of it and build a village. I wanted people to enter my mind, my fantasy,” Gentile said. “Many make fun of us. Some think I am trying to escape from reality. Far from it. I am living my dream, my adventure. By purchasing that piece of land, I have removed it from a reality that I don’t like and am shaping it the way I want.”


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Published on Sep 07, 2021