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Hobbit-holes

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Originally the Hobbits' preferred style of dwelling, holes buried into hillsides, downs and banks. By the late Third Age, these had largely been replaced by buildings of wood or brick, but hobbit-holes were still in use by the more established Hobbit families of the Shire (for example, at Bag End and Great Smials), or by the poorest who "went on living in burrows of the most primitive kind, mere holes indeed, with only one window or none" (The Lord of the Rings, Prologue, 1. Concerning Hobbits).