Dan Price is a self-described “hobo artist” who has won awards for his creative projects, such as the Moonlight Chronicles and his book, Radical Simplicity. He’s also fairly notorious for his small home that looks like it’s straight out of The Shire, or the land of the Hobbits. Located in Oregon, Price’s Hobbit home is something he has continuously worked on over the years, using recycled materials to construct it.
While there are plenty of pictures to be seen below, Kirsten Dirksen of Fair Companies has put together a video tour that sheds light on Price’s self-reliant lifestyle--one whose focus is living minimally, connected to nature, and inspired by an ideology of being totally free.
Price has travelled across the globe, and his love for self-made structures started when he was just a kid. Price uses the term “neo-hobo” to describe his simple lifestyle. And, as if we couldn’t guess, he cites the Lord of the Rings movies as being part of the inspiration behind his incredible Hobbit-styled home.
It’s also partly inspired by tales of hermits who live in solitude, occupied in spiritual reflection. This new style of living that Price embraces is also a result of the nomadic lifestyle that he once found himself in, backpacking and camping as he travelled the world.
Since Price obtained the two acres of land his home sits on 25 years ago, he has constructed a number of different buildings. The Hobbit home is a project that was a long time coming. At first, Price’s living quarters consisted only of a tent. Then he built a teepee. Then he built a willow hut that would become a shingled shed before finally deciding to clear out some ground space for his new project: underground living quarters that would feature a living room, sleeping nook, studio, a shower and a riverside sauna.
The studio space features just a central skylight, as it was inspired by kiva structures. The Moonlight Chronicles reveal hand-drawn pictures of some of Price’s travels.
For Price, he believes that living simply is a means to get back to the magic and innocence that defines childhood. Saying that “security is a myth. You could be hit by a car tomorrow. To me, having way less, makes life much more of an adventure."
All image credits: Fair Company, video screen captures