[caption id="" align="alignright" width="288"] The door to Erebor, as shown on the poster for the 2013 film, The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug[/caption]
In 1937 a gentleman called J R R Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien) wrote a story about a small human-like creature called a hobbit. The Hobbit has an amazing adventure when he is convinced to join a group of dwarves who are trying to take back a precious stone called the Arkenstone from a huge terrible dragon, so that the power of the stone can be used to reunite the dwarf clans in order to battle a great evil that is growing in the land. The Hobbit is a stealthy burglar and it is his job to sneak into the dragon's lair and grab the stone.
Ok that's the plot, but in 1937 clearly even J R R Tolkien new the fascination that we all have with doors! The Hobbit lives in a burrow with a large round wooden front door. It could have been conventionally rectangular but why do that in a fantasy novel? when an alternative is much more interesting. However my favourite door in the novel / film is one halfway up the side of a mountain, the Hobbit has the key, but the door and keyhole is only visible in the last light of day on midsummers day - a secret door. We all love a secret door! In the story, as the sunsets, the hobbit and dwarves try to see the keyhole, but it does not become visible. They are about to give up when the full moon shines and they see the keyhole and are able to open the huge rock door once the key is turned and the group push and enter the mountain where the Arkenstone is being guarded by the dragon.
It is a great part in a great story; it has secrecy, deception, mystery and an opening leading to further adventure.
At Doorsan we don't sell secretly hidden doors, just good quality, reliability and competitively priced wooden doors. However, if you want to create a hidden door we have had customers who have bought enough doors to line a wall with one the only opening one which does create a lot of interest and intrigue in a room. If we do ever branch out into magic doors you can be sure that I'll write about it here in this Blog!