Hobbit Hole Living: Dan Price Shuns Societal Norms

    October 15, 2013
    Lacy Langley
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Simple living seems to be a sort of trend these days, but no one takes it more literally than Dan Price. Dan was once a photojournalist with a wife and two kids, a stressful job, a ridiculous mortgage, and a “normal” life, as society sees it.

“I told myself, ‘buck up and pay the bills,’” said Price, ” ‘This is just the way life is’ “. Well, turns out, Dan in real life didn’t like the social norm.

Now, for the last 20 years, in fact, Dan lives in a self-described Hobbit hole in the middle of a horse pasture in Oregon that he built himself, mostly from things he found here and there around the farm.


The land he lives on costs him $100 per month, and that is pretty much his major expense. The farm is near Joseph, Oregon where he picks up odd jobs to support himself, in addition to the zine he puts out called Moonlight Chronicles, which is all about the wilderness. When the harsh winter sets in, Dan closes up shop and heads to Hawaii to spend the cold months surfing. This is sounding less crazy by the minute, right?

The inspiration for his unorthodox and completely genius lifestyle came from Harlan Hubbard’s book “Payne Hollow,” in which the author describes moving to a meager cottage in Ohio. Soon after reading the book, his marriage dissolved, so he took it upon himself to simplify. He told NBC News, “I don’t believe in houses or mortgages. Who in their right mind would spend their lifetime paying for a building they never get to spend time in because they are always working?”

The best thing about this lifestyle? The freedom of being self-sufficient. Dan provides for himself without taking handouts. He proudly turns his nose up at foodstamps and other government programs. “I like being able to do what I want to do,” says Dan. I like this guy.

Image via youtube

  • Kate

    I would find this more appealing if I knew what happened to the wife and kids he abandoned for his personal lifestyle.

  • http://yahoo Zvi Saar

    I am an Israeli man, being deeply persecuted by the C.I.A. and the Israeli securuty sercices (Mossad and “Shabak”), for the last 28 years, uncluding nowadays. It is covered up from the public eyes.
    They hace committed heavy crimes against me everywhere I go in the world.


    Zvi Saar

    nowadays: at “Hollywood” Guest House, Chunk King Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. October 16, 2013

    • http://www.walkingthecross.com Stephen Hope

      @SVI SAAR I am sorry SVI, I will pray for you. May God help you and grant you a Psalm 91 protection with all 24 promises. I hope you abide in the shadow of the Almighty. God bless you.

  • http://www.walkingthecross.com Stephen Hope

    @Kate, I read this in a couple of other forums and Dan commented on one that he spent 265,000 dollars on child support before he did this. I think he is 54 and he has been doing this hobbit hole living for about 20 years so I see that he says he took care of his kids and also another post said they knew him and his ex wife and kids lived close by. He also goes hiking with his ex wife. He spends 5 to 6 months a year in Hawaii where he makes most of the money it takes to pay for the other 6 months.

  • http://yahoo Zvi Saar

    I am hereby calling Human Rights Associations to come to my help !
    The Mossad and other Israeli secret services, together with the C.I.A. (and NSA too) have systematically & severely violated my Human Rights, so as to force me to leave my home in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and wander in the world’ living in hostels.. They are inciting other Governments’ secret services to unlawfully act against me, risking me gravely, conspiring to incriminate me by deceptions, damaging my health, plotting to deprive me of my Liberties, isolating me, avoidung marriage and fatherhood from me, abusing physicians to torture me and prevent medical treatment from me, forging courts’ protocols and medical records, fabricating “giagnosis” about me – to destroy me,,, and other grave crimes performed by these criminals: govs’ officials, acting illegally outside the Rule of Law, and there is NOBODY to stop them and bring them to justice.
    So, you the Public, wherever you are in the world, come to my assistance, personally and directly !


    Zvi Saar

    Nowadays: At “Hollywood” Guest House, at: Ghung ing Mansions, Block B, 8th floor, 36 – 44 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    October, 16, 2013

  • http://yahoo Zvi Saar

    TODAY 25 years ago (!!), on Octber 16, 1988 (Sunday, noon) I had been Tortured (with blood shed….) . at federal institute…’ in Connecticut, USA, by federal physician Dr. William Delaney and other 10 federal officials, causing me terrible pains & suffering !
    Iy you write to my email, it will be deleted by the C.I.A. and N.S.A. who are invading my emails and my privacy, and as the Israeli secret services used to break unto my home in Tel-Aviv (hundreds of times) etc….
    Also in Israel I was assaulted (tortured, in fact) by an Israeli physician Dr. Gal Keren-Paz, in Ichilov (Sorasky) medical Centre of Tel-Aviv, on February 15, 2011 (invading my body too, causing blood shed and awful pains, pretending to exercise a “medical” exam.)….
    So contact me PERSONALLY where I am in Hong Kong, to grant me your aid and Human Rights Assistance !
    I am a lawyer since 1973 (in Israel), but in my condition as a wanderer – I’m helpless & hopeless – being a target for such sadistic perescutions & annoyances by the the Israeli Mossad & Secret Services and the US C.I.A. and others – incited by them, obsessively, depriving me of all my Civil and Natural Rights !



    Nowadys: at “Hollywood” Guest House, in Chung King Mansions Building, Block B, Floor 8, Nathan Road 36 – 44, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
    October 16, 2013