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Hollywood stars, including Elijah Wood, praised an Italian Lord of the Rings fanatic who now lives like a hobbit and turns his country into a Middle Earth ‘Shire’.

Wood was joined yesterday by actors Sean Aston and Billy Boyd who played hobbits in the trilogy that featured Nicolas Gentile, 37, in videos posted to his “My Hobbit Life” Instagram page.

The actors asked for funding for the ambitious fantasy project, which Wood described as “a perfect replica of Bag End” and Samwise Gamgee actor Aston labeled as “astonishing” and “incredible.”

Gentile, a pastry chef, plans to turn five acres of land in Bucchianico in central Italy into a hobbit village called Gentile County – it can’t be called The Shire due to a copyright issue.

He already lives on the lot in a hobbit house which he built from scratch following the example of Bag End caves descriptions in JRR Tolkien’s books after purchasing the land in 2018.

Hollywood stars, including Elijah Wood, praised Italian Lord of the Rings fanatic Nicolas Gentile (pictured) who now lives like a hobbit and turns his country into a Middle Earth ‘Shire’

Nicolas Gentile, a pastry chef, plans to turn five acres of land in Bucchianico in central Italy into a hobbit village called Contea Gentile - it can't be called The Shire due to a copyright issue

Nicolas Gentile, a pastry chef, plans to turn five acres of land in Bucchianico in central Italy into a hobbit village called Contea Gentile – it can’t be called The Shire due to a copyright issue

Nicolas Gentile was praised by Frodo actor Elijah Wood, who described his hobbit house as 'a perfect replica of Bag End'

Nicolas Gentile was praised by Frodo actor Elijah Wood, who described his hobbit house as ‘a perfect replica of Bag End’

Sean Aston praised Nicolas Gentile, who plans to build a real Shire

Billy Boyd, who played Peregrine Took in the trilogy films, told Gentile 'all the best of Middle Earth'

Elijah Wood was joined by actors Sean Aston (left) and Billy Boyd (right) who played hobbits in the trilogy in which Gentile, 37, was praised in videos posted to his “My Hobbit Life” Instagram page.

Gentile now hopes to build an entire hobbit village on the lot with eco-friendly solar-powered hobbit houses and an adjacent farm, Gentile told the Guardian earlier this month.

With crowdfunding, he hopes to cover the construction costs of an estimated $1.78 million.

Wood and his fellow hobbit actors support the project, which Gentile says doesn’t want to become a tourist attraction, in a series of heartfelt messages.

“Hi Elijah Wood here,” the actor says in the footage. “Hope this finds you happy, healthy and well… I went to your Instagram page and it’s incredible what you’re doing.

“I love all the costumes and the individual set shots you did for fire and pipes. It’s so beautiful, but also the design, the redesign, a perfect replica of Bag End. How did you do that?

“Looking at the 3D mockups, it’s absolutely perfect, from what I remember being Bag End. Well done. Can’t wait to see your progress, I follow you on Instagram.

“That’s so, so wonderful, and if I’m ever in your neck of the woods, in your Shire, I’d love to visit you. Much love, fare you well Nicolas.’

Gentile came up with the plan to build his own Shire and live like a hobbit after realizing that reading and watching the Lord of the Rings no longer satisfied his passion for the trilogy.

After noticing that the region of Abruzzo where he lived resembled the Shire with rolling hills, rivers and greenery, Gentile made drastic changes, spending most of his savings on the five-acre piece of land.

He now dresses like a hobbit, smokes pipes and organizes parties as described in Bag End.

The Italian pastry chef documents his new way of life on his Instagram page, posting videos and images of what hobbits do every day.

Gentile came up with the plan to build his own Shire and live like a hobbit after realizing that reading and watching the Lord of the Rings no longer satisfied his passion for the trilogy

Gentile came up with the plan to build his own Shire and live like a hobbit after realizing that reading and watching the Lord of the Rings no longer satisfied his passion for the trilogy

Gentile lives like a hobbit and is regularly joined by his friends who are also fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Gentile lives like a hobbit and is regularly joined by his friends who are also fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Gentile dresses like a hobbit from Tolkien's books, smokes pipes and throws parties as described in Bag End, according to photos on his Instagram

Gentile dresses like a hobbit from Tolkien’s books, smokes pipes and throws parties as described in Bag End, according to photos on his Instagram

Aston said, ‘Nicolas, what a wonderful thing you are doing. You make it, the real Shire in Italy, it’s incredible. Congratulations and good luck!’

Aston said, ‘Nicolas, what a wonderful thing you are doing. You make it, the real Shire in Italy, it’s incredible. Congratulations and good luck!’

Peregrine Took actor Billy Boyd appeared in the video and told Gentile that it was “great” that he wanted to build his own Shire in Italy and begged viewers to donate.

“I’ve heard there’s a lot of construction going on in Italy, so there are good things, there are already good things in Italy, some beautiful buildings, but here Nicolas works hard… So if you can help in any way please do that

Much love to everyone in Italy from me, Peregrine Took, Peppino, and I hope you’re all doing well Nicolas. All the best of Middle Earth.’

In August, Gentile and eight others walked more than 200 km dressed as hobbits from Chieti to Naples carrying a replica ring so he could throw him into Vesuvius in a simulated reenactment of the trilogy’s plot.

But the confectioner told the Guardian he didn’t actually throw the ring into the volcano for environmental reasons, but symbolically threw a chunk of solidified lava and gave the ring to a local boy instead.

He undertook the journey with eight fellow fanatics whom he met through an Instagram contest.

In August, Gentile and his friends walked 200km dressed as hobbits from Chieti to Naples with a replica ring so he could throw it into Vesuvius in a simulated reenactment of the trilogy's plot.

In August, Gentile and his friends walked 200km dressed as hobbits from Chieti to Naples with a replica ring so he could throw it into Vesuvius in a simulated reenactment of the trilogy’s plot.

Gentile and his wife, who was not identified, live in the house

Gentile pictured outside the eco-friendly hobbit house he built

Gentile pictured outside the eco-friendly hobbit house he built and where he and his wife live in Bucchianico, Italy

Gentile, a 37-year-old Italian pastry chef, cooks at his hobbit house in Bucchianico, near the town of Chieti in Abruzzo, Italy

Gentile, a 37-year-old Italian pastry chef, cooks at his hobbit house in Bucchianico, near the town of Chieti in Abruzzo, Italy

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