Thanks for the info John. That's why I asked what may have been considered a silly question, as quite often fiction is based on factual places. I could well believe that Hobbiton came first.
Olifant.................sounds like something a small child might call an ealephant until they got their tongue around the pronounciation :-).
A recent trip to the zoo with my 22 month old Grandson had him saying bye bye rabbit.........to a giraffe :?
Thanks again and great photos !!