Stitched up woman after finding the wizard Gandalf’s face hidden in her floorboards

Isobel Haldane laughed after spotting the face of Gandalf, the wizard from Lord of the Rings, hiding in the wooden floorboards of her holiday apartment

Isobel Haldane with her Gandalf floorboard
Isobel was stunned to find the hidden wizard in her floorboards

A holiday rental has claimed to have found the face of Gandalf the Horror hidden in the floorboards of the cottage it rents out to the public – and is now urging guests to find the secret.

Isobel Haldane first noticed the quirky hallway when she was sent a picture by her nieces of the Lord of the Rings character lurking on the living room floor of their vacation rental, The Roundhouse Cottage.

The hallway appears to feature a lookalike of JRR Tolkien’s wizarding legend – played by Sir Ian McKellen in the epic fantasy film trilogy as well as the Hobbit prequels – with a well defined head, eyes, nose, mouth, long beard and flowing curls, rounded with a pointy hat.

And having discovered the unique feature of her property, Isobel, 60, now uses it as a fun quest she foals on visitors during their stay at the cottage – with one bachelorette party even vowing to return because they couldn’t find him.

Isobel finds the whimsical floorboard ‘amazing’


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The wood looks like Lord of the Rings star Gandalf


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Isobel, from Blackford, Perthshire, said: “It is very special to have one of the greatest magicians in literary history in our living room, we feel very privileged.

“His distinctive facial features are reflected in the wood – two clear eyes, a prominent nose and the flowing hair and beard.

“The beard is just amazing. Even more amazing is that the people we brought property from didn’t notice. I think it may have been covered by a carpet.

“It’s a bit difficult to find, but it’s a good challenge. If you turn it upside down you cannot see it, you can only see it if you look at it.”

And even Isobel was none the wiser for some time when she said it was her nieces Jane Hamilton and Annie Smart who first actually found Gandalf in the floorboards three years ago.

Isobel’s nieces, Jane and Annie, found Gandalf first


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The mother-of-three, who has had the vacation rental for six years, added: “Jane and Annie spotted it, we didn’t even know it was there. Jane said to me: ‘Do you know that Gandalf lives with you? here?’ We didn’t even know it was there.

“We took a picture and laminated it and made it a puzzle for kids to figure out who lives there. I found it interesting and something to keep them busy.

“When parents arrive on holiday and enter the house, the children are itching to go and look for Gandalf while they unpack. Some people ask for a lead, so I tell people to text me if they want a lead.

“It’s funny, some people are so excited. We had a bachelorette party with six young men and they didn’t want me to tell them where it was because they wanted to come back.

“They were gamers and they wanted a challenge, they didn’t want to hear about it. They didn’t find him so they will book again and come back and look again.”

And Isobel’s niece Jane, 44, said finding Gandalf in her aunt’s floorboards has now made her see the finer details in all sorts of places.

The NHS phlebotomist from Alva, Clackmannanshire, said: “My sister Annie and I were staying up there for a couple of days when she spotted Gandalf lurking on the floor of the roundhouse living room.

“My Aunt Isobel is now telling all new guests to see if they can find him when they visit.

“I was super surprised and delighted when Annie pointed out to us that Gandalf’s very distinctive face was looking back at us from the floorboards that day.

“Since then I’ve seen faces everywhere, but none as impressive as Gandalf.”

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