托尔金的《指环王》故事发生在中土大陆，但是现实版的“佛罗多”却是一位意大利人。他穿着霍比特人的服饰，住在霍比特人的小屋里，立志打造霍比特村庄，而且刚刚和朋友们一起完成了“销毁魔戒之旅”。Nicolas Gentile (centre, kneeling), alongside his friends who joined him on his journey. Photograph: Giacomo Savini e Luciano Masiello, courtesy of Nicolas Gentile.
Nicolas Gentile, a 37-year-old Italian pastry chef, did not just want to pretend to be a hobbit – he wanted to live like one. First, he bought a piece of land in the countryside of Bucchianico, near the town of Chieti in Abruzzo, where he and his wife started building their personal Shire from JRR Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth.
Then, on 27 August, alongside a group of friends and Lord of the Rings fans dressed as an elf, a dwarf, a hobbit, a sorcerer and humans, he walked more than 120 miles (200km) from Chieti to Naples, crossing mountains and rivers, to throw the “One Ring”, a central plot element of The Lord of the Rings saga, into the volcano crater of Mount Vesuvius.
"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 said. “I decided that I wanted to live my hobbit life to the fullest.”
In the two hectares of land he bought, he has already built his first house, where he lives with his family, in hobbit clothes, and his doors are also open to visitors. Here, the pastry chef, who has a degree in geology, plans to build the caravan of the dwarves, the green dragon inn and a large version of Bilbo Baggins’ house. His goal is to transform this piece of Abruzzo into a hobbit village, with an adjoining farmhouse, where visitors will be able to live in a magical world, which, according to Gentile, is not too far from the way people live in Bucchianico.
caravan [ˈkærəvæn]: n. 活动住宅
"Over time, I realised that my friends, my relatives and the farmers of Bucchianico have always lived as hobbits. They work like hobbits, carrying out jobs that are all in close contact with nature. They celebrate like hobbits, by organising festivals and dances and even dress up as hobbits.”
“久而久之，我意识到我的朋友、亲人和布基亚尼科的农民一直都像霍比特人一样生活。他们像霍比特人一样工作，干的活儿也都与大自然亲密接触。他们像霍比特人一样庆祝，举办各种节日和舞会，甚至会打扮成霍比特人。”Gentile, a 37-year-old pastry chef, lives with his family in a hobbit house, where they wear hobbit clothes. Photograph: Giacomo Savini e Luciano Masiello, courtesy of Nicolas Gentile.
In Bucchianico, the festival of the Banderesi is organised every year. It is one of the oldest festivals in Europe – celebrated for almost 500 years and in which people wear medieval clothes, sing songs, dance and prepare typical local dishes.