Which Hobbit Lives Here? Reflections on Society and Sustainability is a distinctly unusual ebook. Writer Kelly Hart reveals his very personal story of growing up as a Hobbit in Mormon country and how this shaped his perspective on the culture of Men. This is a book of art and poetry, reverence and compassion, invention and imagination, retrospection and prophesy, combined with solid information on how to build a sustainable house and future. Nearly every page is artfully illustrated with images that amplify the essence of the text, and embellished with quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings that tie directly to these topics.
Kelly talks about his involvement with music, painting and drawing, photography, film, animation, video production, writing and website development. These arts have been central to his being, his self-discovery and expression. He also writes about his personal relationship to love, nature, spirituality, science and technology.
Using his own "Hobbit hole" as an example, Kelly writes about sustainable architecture with reference to compact design, passive solar heating, advantages of earth-sheltering, forest conservation, use of local and natural materials, recycling, energy and water conservation, growing and storing food, and building for the long term. There is much specific guidance offered in these pages for those who would like to incorporate sustainable principles into their homes or house plans.
Kelly tells about why he designed and built the "Sunmobile," a two-person, four-wheeled solar vehicle that runs completely on solar or human power. The Sunmobile has gone hundreds of pollution-free miles; it is designed for utility, with lots of cargo space. This could be the basis for the next evolutionary stage in solar travel: the "SunVee," which stands for Solar Utility Neighborhood Vehicle.
In a series of essays, Hobbit Hart reflects on the nature of the culture of Men (especially Western culture) with incisive observation, criticism, and suggestions for improvement. The emphasis of this culture on competition, consumerism, capitalism, violence, patriotism, and militarism is evaluated for how it is dysfunctional. The way these traits combine with the popular media and the internalized stories that guide subconscious choice is shown to create an unhealthy political reality. He points out that if the direction of this culture is not fundamentally altered, the prognosis for a sustainable future is not good.
The final chapters examine the origins of Men and Hobbits, and speculate on our future. The messages left behind by previous cultures through edifice and story are examined for what they might teach us. The ultimate hope for a benign continuation of both mankind and hobbitkind lies within each of us. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to find those places within us that will allow for positive change to occur. Kelly believes that our destiny is to co-create this new world with the guidance of our Creator.
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We are Rosana and Kelly Hart, owners of Hartworks, Inc., a company which publishes videos, books, and ebooks and maintains several websites. Kelly has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, animator, video producer, and writer; he has also had a lifelong interest in building and has worked in construction professionally. His website, www.greenhomebuilding.com presents a wealth of information about sustainable architecture and natural building. www.earthbagbuilding.com is specifically about using bags filled with soil or other materials to build houses. Another of his websites, www.sunvee.com, describes a solar car that Kelly designed and built.
Our website www.hartworks.com describes many of the books and videos that we sell. One of the more recent videos that we produced is titled "A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture", which profiles numerous natural building methods and tours many homes and interviews the builders or owners. This video, along with one about building our house, called "Building with Bags" is available at the Store. Kelly is available for consulting on the topics of sustainable architecture in general, solar home heating, hybrid architecture, and earthbag and papercrete building see Ask the Experts for more information.
For many years we raised llamas and conducted hikes with the llamas on our 70 acre ranch near Ashland, Oregon. While there Rosana wrote two books: Living with Llamas: Tales from Juniper Ridge and Llamas for Love and Money.
Recently Rosana launched another website
to help preserve the legacy of her father who wrote science fiction
under the pen name of Cordwainer Smith. She is currently establishing
a new website about dog training.
Email contact: kellyhart AT hartworks.com
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