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Is the height of races (men, elves, orcs, goblins, etc) ever mentioned by Tolkien? If not, did the movies just make up the certain heights?

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Yes, he has, but as far as I remember, not for all the races.

  • Hobbits were 3 to 4 feet tall -- average 3 feet, 6 inches ( Letter #27)

    Actual size – only important if other objects are in picture – say about three feet or three feet six inches.

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  • Orcs were 3 & 1/2 to 4 feet tall ( The Fellowship of the Ring)

The size of the Elves and the men was similar. There was a mention I think that the dwarves had similar height to the Hobbits, if not slightly taller.

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    What's your specific reference for orc height? That doesn't sound right to me. – Matt Gutting Apr 18 '15 at 18:30
  • @MattGutting I don't know but I'd guess that height would be for regular orcs. Not Uruk Hai. – sevvack Apr 19 '15 at 5:00
  • Elves and men are of similar height, but not all men and elves are... Numenoreans and high elves are often more than 6'6, like Aragorn and the Dunadan, Celeborn and Galadriel (which is reputed very high for a woman). Elrond and his sons are also said to be very tall. Other men are usually more like the modern standard in height, between 5 and 6 feet high. Uruks are almost normal man height, so I put them in the low 5'. But they are said to be very broad in chest. – Joel Apr 20 '15 at 14:43

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