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Hobbits are a fictional race of beings in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.

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Did the Hobbits of the Fellowship of the Ring wear hats?

From Bilbo's departure in The Hobbit, it follows that going on a trip without a hat was unusual. Hats were commonplace in the Shire: for example, when Pippin and Merry returned to the Shire as small ...
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What's the physical difference between Hobbits and Dwarves?

Yesterday (by now, after editing the question, a few days ago) I saw the wonderful third movie of "The Hobbit". I wasn't bored for a moment. Afterwards, while still thinking about the film, I was ...
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Did Bilbo and Gollum have different after-effects of being Ring-bearers? [duplicate]

Gollum (Smeagol) was once a Hobbit. His life was extended over 500 years while he had the Ring. Eventually Gollum lost the Ring to Bilbo, who I think had it around 50-60 years (?). At the end of ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits receive any magic rings? [duplicate]

When the Rings of Power were being handed out, the only races that were given magic rings were the Men, Elves and Dwarves. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the ...
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Are hobbits religious?

For example, elves surely know stories about their creation and some of them remember so much that their religiosity is pretty clear. But I am not sure about hobbits. Do they believe in some god/...
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Can the Elves and Hobbits in Tolkien's Legendarium grow facial hair?

I recently re-watched the Lord of the Rings movies with my kids and noticed something, I don't think any of the Elves or the Hobbits had any type of facial hair or beards. I also couldn't think of any ...
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Did hobbits go without shoes even in Caradhras? [duplicate]

As per question title. We all know hobbits don't wear shoes (and their feet are more adapted than ours to walking without protection), but was this true even in a chilly climate? I find just a bit ...
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Why were Hobbits not included in the old lists?

In the chapter on "Treebeard" in The Two Towers, we find that Treebeard, upon first encountering the Hobbits, has no recollection of their kind in the "old lists" the Elves had made regarding the ...
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Why did Gollum want the Ring so badly when he was still a hobbit?

The Dwarves could not be enslaved using rings of power; nor could the Elves, as the bearers of the Three took them off and hid them when they became aware of Sauron's influence over them. Men, on the ...
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Are there any instances of Hobbits hurting their feet?

Hobbits are known to be almost permanently barefoot, with their tough feet protecting them from the ground. However, it seems that not wearing shoes or boots would have its drawbacks. If you walked ...
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When did Hobbits come into being? [duplicate]

Elves were awoken during the Years of the Trees (Telperion & Laurelin) in Culvienen. Men were awoken the first Year of the First Age in Hildorien Dwarves were created and awoken somewhere east ...
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Do hobbits age at the same speed as humans or slower?

I know that they live significantly longer than humans (or at least Bilbo did) and I was wondering whether they age at the same rate as human bodies, and just live longer, or if their bodies age more ...
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What did Haldir mean about Elvish knowledge concerning Hobbits?

From the chapter called Lothlorien in the Fellowship of the Ring, we get the following from Haldir (emphasis mine): ‘But we have heard rumours of your coming, for the messengers of Elrond passed ...
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How are the lands of the Shire governed?

In the Lord of the Rings Frodo moves around into various districts of the Shire; he encounters different law enforcement, leaders and townships. Is there a unifying power in the Shire? Is it split ...
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How many Hobbit clans/families have 'feet' in their surnames?

How many hobbit clans or families include feet in their last names? According to the movies, it seems like every other clan seems to have feet in their last name. Is this typical or is this just in ...
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What are hobbits' daily eating schedules?

In the LOTR movies, we see the hobbits complain about missing meals a lot as seen here, Do we know what meals a hobbit would usually take every day? Side question: is there a difference in meals ...
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How did Gerontius Took get to be so old?

Until Bilbo turned 131, Gerontius Took (AKA "The Old Took") was the longest-living hobbit ever, reaching 130 years-old. Bilbo had The Ring to help extend his life, and even then, his age took a huge ...
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Was Sam ever affected by the Ring? [duplicate]

Of the Ring-bearers since Isildur, we have: Gollum, on whom the Ring's influence was strongest: it caused him to murder his best friend almost as soon as they found it, and turned him into a wretched ...
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What would Sméagol have called his own race?

In the book Unfinished Tales, in the chapter The Hunt for the Ring, we find the following passage (which confirms what is said in the answers to this question): Gollum would not know the term "...
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Is there any evidence that Tolkien thought of Samwise Gamgee as being particularly fat?

In adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee is consistently portrayed as being overweight. In Peter Jackson's movies, for instance, Sean Astin was specifically asked to put on a good deal ...
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Why is Gollum's memory so selective?

In The Hobbit (the book and the movies), we meet our old friend Gollum again. But there is something strange about him. He doesn't remember what his own people (i.e., hobbits) are called, or even ...
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How did Gollum physically change after finding the Ring?

To be clear, I don't mean "by what means did the Ring physically change Gollum?", but rather "what were the overall physical changes affected on Gollum by his experiences after he found the Ring?". ...
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How much do hobbits weigh?

In the book The Fellowship of the Ring, Glorfindel puts the injured Frodo on his horse. The other hobbits then have trouble keeping up with the horse, Glorfindel, and Strider. That got me wondering ...
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Is there any procedure to be followed when an half-elf gives up immortality?

I went through the following questions, Why can Arwen decide her mortality?. It explains who can give up immortality. I would like to know if Tolkien had ever mentioned a procedure/ritual that has to ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits get frostbite?

This is a question that's been bothering me for the last couple of days: How is it that the hobbits of the Fellowship were able to survive such cold temperatures throughout their travels without ...
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Does the 'Doom/Gift of Man' apply to Hobbits?

According to the mass of Tolkien's backstory material, does the 'Doom/Gift of Man' apply to Hobbits? I'm reasonably certain that this question is not answered in the trilogy itself, but I wonder if ...
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Did the Orcs care about their children in LotR? [duplicate]

I was just Wondering if Orcs brought up their children to be just like them? Is there any information about childcare as practiced by the Orcs?
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Hobbits prosthetic Ears and feet

Reading that Martin Freeman kept some souvenirs from filming the hobbit (his prosthetic ears and feet) had me thinking: Was there any reference in the books that hobbits had pointy ears and over-...
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Why didn't Sauron attack the Shire if he knew a Hobbit would defeat him?

I remember that there had been a prophecy that a Hobbit would defeat Sauron. Knowing this, the Rangers protected the Shire. Sauron probably knew the prophecy as well, so why didn't he ever try to ...
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The effect of the Hobbits holding the One Ring?

There were three rings for the Elves, seven for the Dwarves and nine for Men. One ring to rule the other Nineteen. Smeagol was a Hobbit, IIRC (never seen the movies and read the books many many years ...
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How does an orc perceive a hobbit?

From the perspective of an orc - what is a hobbit? The Hobbit told us that dragons and trolls do not know the race of hobbits. The Lord of the Rings told us that even the Ents do not know the hobbits....
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Why do only Hobbits use a combination of first- and last names?

While all the Hobbits I can think of have a combination of first- and lastname (e.g., Bilbo Baggins, Peregrin Took, the Sackville-Baggins's,...), I can't think of any character* of another race that ...
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Why didn't the Nazgul or their beasts pick up the Hobbits' scent?

Orcs and Uruks can smell people from some distance away. And Aragorn says (in FotR, A Knife in the Dark): ... And at all times they smell the blood of living things, desiring and hating it. Senses,...
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In The Hobbit (Book), what was the layout of the barricade on the Front Gate of the Lonely Mountain?

In the book it has this image: In the book, it says that they built a wall of bricks covering it, but it also said that they could climb in and out with ladders and ropes, and sit on top of it. How ...
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Why did Frodo travel with the elves who were leaving Middle Earth?

In the book The Fellowship of the Ring, the elves that Frodo, Pippin, and Sam meet on the road were High Elves leaving Middle Earth by way of the Grey Havens. Yet the Hobbits travel with them for a ...
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How big were Hobbit children?

We know that Hobbits were 3 to 3.5 feet tall, Bandobras Took almost 4. But how big were hobbit children (relative to their age, of course)?
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How were hobbits created?

How were hobbits created? I can't find any reference in The Silmarillion about this. Are they just men who have shrunken over generations or what?
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Would Gollum's clothes turn invisible when he wore The One Ring?

We know that both Frodo and Bilbo turned 100% fully invisible when wearing The One Ring, their clothes included (as seen in Bilbo's disappearing trick at his farewell party, and Frodo's disappearance ...
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Was Gollum always a hobbit?

Gollum first appears in The Hobbit, as a pitiful creature from whom Bilbo 'steals' the ring. From what I remember, there is no mention of his hobbithood. He's just a unique creature Bilbo finds. ...
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How do Hobbits come to be so rich?

Hobbits seem to live a very rich, upper class life in the most peaceful landscape in the Middle Earth. How do Hobbits come to be so rich when they don't seem to be doing any hard work?
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Was the original hobbit name of Bilbo and Frodo “Bilba” and “Froda”?

I am reading the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and in particular Appendix F, part II "On translation". Tolkien writes: To their man-children they usually gave names that had no meaning at ...