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What do you see here? It's a wombat. You might not have known it, so how did you perceive it? What did you see in it? What did you think? If someone had described it to you, would you have been able to apprehend one? Orcs might not be the brightest kind in middle earth but if you tell them (slowly) "small people, big, hairy feet, probably without shoes, ...


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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 other hints, such as the death of Lobelia being unsurprising since "she was after all nearly a hundred years old". One other point is that historically ...


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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 little or no 'religion' in the sense of worship. [...] I do not think Hobbits practised any form of worship or prayer (unless through exceptional contact with ...


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Lots From the prologue (emphasis mine): As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright colours, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, since their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling hair, ...


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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 the affairs of other races1; see the Prologue, for example: Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, [...] Even in ancient days they were, as a rule,...


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The "prophecy" you're referring to is actually a part of Boromir's prophetic dream; In this evil hour I have come on an errand over many dangerous leagues to Elrond: a hundred and ten days I have journeyed all alone. But I do not seek allies in war. The might of Elrond is in wisdom not in weapons, it is said. I come to ask for counsel and the ...


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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. Very tall he was, and his beard was long... Return of the King: The Grey Havens In the Unfinished Tales Christopher Tolkien states that: In a note written in ...


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As you might expect, Tolkien (that great world-builder) had considered these issues and covered them in some depth. From the prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring, section Of the Ordering of the Shire (emphasis mine): The Shire was divided into four quarters, the Farthings already referred to, North, South, East, and West; and these again each into a ...


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Other than vague descriptions of woolly feet with thick leathery soles in The Hobbit and the prologue to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien didn't go into any detail on hobbit anatomy. However, there are plenty of animals with hairy, padded feet who do perfectly well in snowy and mountainous conditions. The arctic hare is a good example: (source: ...


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I don't have a fully canon source, but from pieces here and there (some of them are off wikia) we can guess Yes, it does apply to the hobbits as well. From The Silmarillion, on "Quenta Silmarillion" we see that the Gift of Men is death ; the inheritance of Ilúvatar's Younger Children,the latter being the Men. Hobbits belong to the 'category' ...


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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 as much as the theological and metaphysical (though you do not seem to mind them so much). Elves and Men are evidently in biological terms one race, or they ...


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A combination of factors, one of which has already been mentioned. Their feet are hairy - not like a human with "hairy" feet, but REALLY hairy. The hair is described as long, thick, and curly; in fact, the Tolkien Society says the prosthetics team on the LotR movies should have used all the time and money they spent on making thousands of pairs ...


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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 were not yet aware of it. See this question for more detail: How were hobbits created?


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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 to give them any rings. The Rings were forged between 1500 and 1600 of the Second Age. 1500 The Elven-smiths instructed by Sauron reach the height of ...


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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 from Lotrproject.org did an analysis and found the life expectancy to be around 96.8 years. Quoting be page: When interpreting these numbers there are a few ...


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There is no in-universe explanation given for the extreme age of the Old Took. Absent any other information, we have to assume that he was just lucky, which has been known to happen, even in our world1. Interestingly, Gerontius' age isn't totally unique; after him, the oldest (non-Ringbearing) hobbit is Lalia Clayhanger, also called Lalia the Fat, his ...


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Tolkien showed that the ring would totally consume the person carrying it much like an addiction can consume someone. When the mind is in an addictive state it can begin to play tricks on that person and one can lose sense of reality. You often see Gollum wrestling with his own inner thoughts as they try to overtake him. There are many people in our world ...


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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 hats during the events of the Lord of the Rings.1 As such, it seems unclear whether or not they were wearing or weren't wearing hats. NB: This does not mean that ...


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It is not necessarily the case that Sméagol-Gollum has forgotten the word "hobbit"; he may never have known it. Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings states, regarding the word hobbit: Hobbit was the name usually applied by the Shire-folk to all their kind. Men called them Halflings and the Elves Periannath. The origin of the word hobbit was by most ...


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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 first mentioned in records, with the coming of the Harfoots to Eriador. Appendix B: Tale of Years The next mention of Hobbits comes in 1150, when the Fallohides ...


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I think your assumption that Sauron knew this prophecy is unfounded. See this quote from The Tale of Years, Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings, in the Third Age: 2953: [...] Being jealous and afraid of Gandalf [Saruman] sets spies to watch all his movements; and notes his interest in the Shire. He soon begins to keep agents in Bree and the Southfarthing. c....


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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 other races, but the temptation still exists. We see that in Bilbo's reluctance to leave the Ring for Frodo when he leaves the Shire ‘You have still got the ring ...


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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-earth; for so greatly did Aulë desire the coming of the Children, to have learners to whom he could teach his lore and his crafts, that he was unwilling to await ...


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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 and the 1940s life expectency for men was closer to 60 years according to the comment by James K. Today, the legal age of majority is set at 18 in most legal ...


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What does LOTR say about hobbit longevity? The prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring section 3, "Of the Ordering of the Shire" says: Sixty years had passed since he set out on his memorable journey, and he was old even for Hobbits, who reached a hundred as often as not; but much evidently still remained of the considerable wealth he had brought ...


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There are a few, but far from the majority: The Proudfoot family is invited to the special pavilion at Bilbo's Party: There were many Bagginses and Boffins, and also many Tooks and Brandybucks; there were various Grubbs (relations of Bilbo Baggins' grandmother), and various Chubbs (connexions of his Took grandfather); and a selection of Burrowses, ...


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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 Fallohides, that later became quite mixed in The Shire. The Harfoots were by far the most numerous and typical Hobbits: the Harfoots were browner of skin, ...


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