Meet an “actual” Hobbit! (photo-video)

He lives underground in Russia

The Hobbits were arguably one of the most favourite creatures in J. R. Tolkien’s fantasy books and the highly successful movie adaptation. New Zealand has preserved the fantastical creatures’ homes created in the films and is exploiting their Hobbit holes for tourism. But there is actually a real Hobbit, and he is not in any fantasy book or movie. Meet Yuri Alekseyev. Yuri used to work as a lawyer in Moscow, but packed in his job and city life to move to the forest.
He now lives with his white rabbit Petrushka in an underground ‘hobbit’ hut, so called because of it’s round door.
Far from a hermit, Alekseyev attracts visitors with a vast library of 4,500 books, that they can exchange at their convenience.
He describes himself as “homeless” and reasons that “most of the people who live in cities are effectively homeless too, since they don’t own their homes, all they can afford is to rent a flat, or room, or a couch.”