I’ve recently come across the site of a construction company making houses modeled after hobbit holes. I don’t know how this company is going to shape the doorways, but the image below is how they’re described in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Can a mezuzah be affixed to such a completely round doorway, or does this not have a “side” where a mezuzah belongs?

Picture of Bag End with a round door, typical of Hobbit-houses

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  • Does that imply no mezuzah, @DoubleAA? Jan 19, 2016 at 2:29
  • Probably but there are many ways the Rishonim interpret the exact case there.
    – Double AA
    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:29
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    If the size of the circle is big enough so that within 4 horizontal fist lengths there are walls (side posts) 10 vertical fist lengths then it requires a mezuza (costumerealy put on the bottom of the top 1/3rd of the vertical length within the 4 horizontl fist lengths)
    – hazoriz
    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:05

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Mor U'Ketziya Orach Chaim 21 - right side - column beginning ואין זו תשובה נצחת says that a door made like a Kippa does not require a Mezuza. Pischei Shearim - page 238 mentions that even if a doorway is rounded from the bottom there are those that say it does not require a Mezuza. Thus there are those who would say a completely round doorway would not require a Mezuza.

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    Based on DoubleAA's edit, your answer is now incomplete. If this is merely "there are those who would say," and if R' Ya'akov Emden's opinion is not necessarily halacha p'suka, then where would the (implied) other opinions say to place the m'zuza? If your answer is meant to definitively say that a round doorway does not require a m'zuza, you should rollback the previous edit and preferably explain in a bit more detail how you know this is halacha p'suka.
    – Fred
    Jan 21, 2016 at 20:32

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