Hobbit House in Dorval – A bold and welcomed step to include literature


by Rhonda Massad

Dorval’s creative municipal team took the past couple of months to create a Hobbit House on the corner of Fenelon and Dawson Ave bringing literature and culture to Windsor park. It has been a hit with locals and tourists alike.

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Smaug, a fictitious dragon that protects treasure in the fantasy children’s book written by J.R.R. Tolkien is the star of the horticultural display.  The story of a hobbit called Bilbo Baggins is one of personal growth where Bilbo ventures out beyond the familiar and discovers adventures along the way.

Smaug showing off his sharp teeth is perched high on top of the Hobbit House.  The small rounded door and small windows are true to the descriptions by Tolkien.  In the book as well as the movie Smaug likes gold best.

The horticultural display in Dorval is adorned with various perennial plants such as pepper plants and succulents , wood and metal.  A stair way of made of tree stumps encourages visitors to get a  back view of Smaug as he glares down Fenelon.

At night the display is lit up.

Dorval has been actively beautifying its city and has plans for next year but are not ready to release them as of yet but promises more show stoppers.

For now take care to use the Hobbit Crossing carefully and keep a keen eye out for dragons!!