Move over Dollywood, here comes Ancient Lore Village!
Okay, so, apparently plans are underway in east Tennessee for “Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow,” a “magical hideaway” that is “like no other place on earth,” and certainly not like Tolkein’s work, how dare you suggest such a thing?
I mean, sure the attraction is based on a book by Tom Boyd (father of Randy Boyd, former Republican gubernatorial candidate and current interim president of the University of Tennessee) called The Bobbins – Outcast to the Inner Earth, but obviously that has nothing to do with the, um, Hobbits of Middle Earth. Boyd even drew his characters to demonstrate how very much not like Tolkein’s hobbits and elves and such they are.
The Bobbins (Bobbinses?) are tall, you see, and “very handsome,” and the houses in The Bobbins are not at all like Hobbit homes,
and they have adventures with creatures that are not at all like orcs,
and ANYWAY, it’s not Tolkein, okay!
So, on 40 acres of land (and for 40 million dollars), somewhere between a Home Depot and a Wal-Mart, there will be . . . Ancient Lore Village. It will have “more than 150 period homes and tree houses, a 150-seat restaurant, a 500-person meeting and event center, and a 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.” It’ll be just like a fantasy world, without those modern inconveniences . . . except running water and upholstered chairs and stuff.
I find the whole thing kind of sweet, really. Ancient Lore Village, should it materialize into our world from Inner Earth, will be dog friendly, family friendly, and devoted to “a place of refuge from the World of Man, where technology, weapons and prejudice have wrought havoc.” That said, there are valid environmental and other concerns regarding the proposed 2020 attraction, so it remains to be seen whether Tom Boyd’s totally-not-Tolkein vision will come to fruition. Honestly, y’all, if it does, I am totally going.
On another note, there are a lot of empty sign-up spots for Open Threads this month, so get in there and stake your claim to produce headers about ridiculous things like this.
Have a great night, Avocados!