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Who were the two large hobbits?

Merry and Pippin. Both had benefited from Treebeard's Ent-draught, as described in "Flight to the Ford" (in The Fellowship of The Ring): You are thirsty I expect. Perhaps you are also tired....
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Are Hobbits religious?

Doubtful Tolkien wrote in a footnote to Letter 153 that Hobbits had no practice of worship or prayer: There are thus no temples or 'churches' or fanes in this 'world' among 'good' peoples. They had ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Hobbit?

Tolkien does actually give us one explicit piece of information: in the Prologue, section 3, he mentions: [Bilbo] was old even for Hobbits, who reached a hundred as often as not; This tracks with ...
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What monetary system did Hobbits use in the Shire?

Basically, nothing. There are a handful of references to specific coins, primarily in the Bree section of FOTR. Bill Ferny sells a pony for 12 silver pennies; Barliman Butterbur makes an allusion to ...
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Why were Hobbits not included in the old lists?

Because they didn't know about them at the time Hobbits are generally left out of history because they're a fairly secretive people and, for much of their early history, weren't overly concerned with ...
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Is Sam exclusively Frodo's gardener, or his general servant?

The early chapters of LoTR have a fairly strange depiction of Frodo's life in Bag End, which clearly dates from their origin as a sequel to The Hobbit rather than the much more serious work that it ...
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What livestock did hobbits raise?

Cows There is one specific mention of owning cows, which is the fictional innkeeper in the song Frodo sings at Bree, which is a song that it's implied Bilbo would frequently sing in the Shire, ...
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Height of the LoTR Races

Men Númenóreans (2nd age) - 7' Halflings was derived from the Numenorean name for them (in Sindarin Periannath). ... The name thus evidently referred to their height as compared with Numenorean men, ...
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Can the Elves and Hobbits in Tolkien's Legendarium grow facial hair?

Yes Elves One example of an elf growing facial hair is Círdan the Shiprwight, who is said to have a "long beard" As they came to the gates Círdan the Shipwright came forth to greet them. ...
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Are Hobbits related (distant or no) to Elves?

They (like we) are cousins to the Elves. First, from Tolkien's Letters I suppose that actually the chief difficulties I have involved myself in are scientific and biological - which worry me just ...
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Is the term "Hobbit Village" ever used canonically by Tolkien?

Tolkien frequently refers to Hobbit settlements as "villages", but the phrase "Hobbit Village" has never been used by Tolkien The first usage would be The Hobbit, referring to ...
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What monetary system did Hobbits use in the Shire?

Until European rulers discovered fiat currency by adulterating the coinage, coins simply had the value of however much they weighed. There was no need for exchange rates, because you just weighed the ...
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What type of writing did the Hobbits use?

From Appendix E, "Writing and Spelling," section II, "Writing" of The Lord of the Rings: The scripts and letters used in the Third Age were all ultimately of Eldarin origin, and ...
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Why were Hobbits not included in the old lists?

Hobbits originated as a subgroup of men, but no one knows exactly when/how/where the original split occurred. The elves did not tell the ents because either it had not happened yet or those elves ...
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Did the Hobbits of the Fellowship of the Ring wear hats?

There is no mention of Hobbits wearing hats in the Lord of the Rings I have searched my copies for the words "hat" and "hats", and never are the Hobbits mentioned to be wearing ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits receive any magic rings?

Everyone was unaware of the Hobbits Hobbits (Perian) were only discovered around 2890 years after the Rings had been forged. Therefore Sauron was unaware of their existence and wouldn't've been able ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Hobbit?

No official answer exists from Tolkien, as far as I’m aware, however it’s not as long as you seem to think. Based on the lengths of time known Hobbits had lived for and when they died, Emil Johansson ...
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Why did Gollum want the Ring so badly when he was still a hobbit?

Perhaps because everyone is not the same, even if they are of the same race. It is true that we are told that Hobbits in general have a greater ability to resist the the temptation of the Ring than ...
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What happened to the Stoor Hobbits?

Firstly, Hobbits were never mentioned prior to the year 1050 of the Third Age when the Harfoots entered Eriador and in doing so were first mentioned in the records: 1050 The Periannath are ...
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What's the physical difference between Hobbits and Dwarves?

Dwarves and Hobbits have very different origins are two different species Dwarves are creations of Aule, the craftsman. in their beginning the Dwarves were made by Aulë in the darkness of Middle-...
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Why did Gollum want the Ring so badly when he was still a hobbit?

Sméagol was simply not a good person His personality is what made him susceptible to the Ring, much like how Boromir succumbed so much faster than Aragorn. Tolkien discusses this most clearly in ...
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Can the Elves and Hobbits in Tolkien's Legendarium grow facial hair?

The prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring describes the Hobbits. Before The Shire was settled there were three races or types or ethnic groups or subdivisions of Hobbits: Harfoots, Stoors, and ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Hobbit?

The question is flawed. Today, the average human life span is 77.5 years according to the WHO, which no doubt includes populations with widely varying life spans. When Tolkien wrote in the late 1930s ...
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What monetary system did Hobbits use in the Shire?

I am not aware of any description of the monetary system, but since Tolkien was a medieval scholar and the Shire seems to be a representation of England, I assume his internal thought was medieval ...
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What's the physical difference between Hobbits and Dwarves?

There is already an excellent answer to this question by Edlothiad (I don't think I have ever managed to answer a Tolkien question before him). As the question lists language as one of the things that ...
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Did the Hobbits of the Fellowship of the Ring wear hats?

To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, walking-stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out. We might then think that ...
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Is there any evidence that Tolkien thought of Samwise Gamgee as being particularly fat?

As I recently noticed thanks to Height of the LoTR Races, Tolkien apparently did comment on this: These figures [of the Fellowship] are thus all too short. Gandalf even bent must have been at least 5 ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits get frostbite?

I think they did start to get frostbite. Frodo mentions that his toes had begun to feel warm when he falls asleep in the snowdrift: A great sleepiness came over Frodo; he felt himself ...
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What happened to the Stoor Hobbits?

JRRT gives us very little information about Hobbit history and nothing at all before the Third Age. From the introduction: The beginning of Hobbits lies far back in the Elder Days that are now lost ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits receive any magic rings?

In short, they were originally intended for Elven leaders, but eventually they were given to the rulers and kings of Men and Dwarves. Hobbits had no rulers, and they were barely noticed most of the ...
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