Hobbit's Glen in Harper's Choice By Nia Woods

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Neighborhood Name:
The neighborhood and street names of Hobbit's Glen were named after the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, specifically his books pf The Hobbit trilogy.The title itself literally means the narrow valley of the half-sized people. In the book, The Hobbit, the hobbits were half-sized people that loved good food, comfort, and security. Hobbit's Glen, the neighborhood is very similar to the loves of the hobbits today, The neighborhood has a restaurant (good food), is comfortable with the wide range of houses, and is safe because of its location.
General History:
Hobbit's Glen, along with the rest of Harper's Choice, used to be a part of Jericho, a farm owned by Robert Harper Goodloe Carrol. Because Carroll loved the area so much, the village was named after him.
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Street Names:
Willow Bottom- This street was named after a village in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of The Ring. In this book, Willow Bottom was a village in the far east side of the Shire, which was a peaceful land in a large region called Eriador in the northwestern Middle-Earth. Willow Bottom was located at the point where the Thistle Brook (A brook in the Shire) flowed into River Shirebourn ( a river in The Shire). In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, in the map of "A part of the Shire", this village is shown.

Wood Elves Way- This street was named after the silvan elves, which were also called wood elves, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-Earth. In the book giving background detail on J.R.R. Tolkien,The History of Middle-earth, vol. XII, The Peoples of Middle-earth: "The Shibboleth of Feanor", The wood elves are described, in this section of the book, Feanor is described.

Green Dragon Court- This street was named after an Inn in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trillogy. This inn was located at Bywater, a village in the Shire, and was used for a place for the hobbit's to come gossip and drink beer.

Oakenshield Court- This street was named after the character Thorin Oakenshield in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. In the books, Thorin Oakenshield was a very important character in the book and leader of the dwarves. He was a person who took himself very seriously as well as being a brave and intelligent leader who made sure that his"throne" as King under the Mountain was protected.

Elfstone Way- This street was named after the famous green jewel that Galadriel gives as a gift to Aragorn just before the Fellowship of the Ring leaves the wood of Lothlórie . This was shown in the quote "This stone I gave to Celebrían my daughter, and she to hers; and now it comes to you as a token of hope. In this hour take the name that was foretold for you, Elessar, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil!"

Geographic Information:
The neighborhood of Hobbit's Glen is located in the northwest area of the Harper's Choice Village in Columbia, Maryland. Columbia being located in the southeast area of Howard County. This neighborhood is a fairly large neighborhood extending near the Longfellow and Swansfield areas.

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Special Features:
This neighborhood is well known for its clubhouse area. In the original Hobbit's Glen neighborhood, there is a well known golf course that has been featured in multiple golf competitions, and a restaurant, The Coho Grill, that is enjoyed by even those outside of the neighborhood. There are tennis courts, basketball courts and a community pool that are enjoyed by many.

Literary Figure:
The streets of Hobbit's GLen were named after the books of places, significant objects, and people of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
J.R.R. Tolkien was born as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien on January 3, 1892. He was famous for his work as an author, poet, philologist, and university professor. His most famous works through his lifetime were his books that are still frequently read today, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Most of his work was published after his death in 1973 but he is still very popular.

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