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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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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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Spoken language of the Hobbits in LotR

1) What was/were the spoken language(s) of the Hobbits (during the era where the plot of LotR takes place)? Am I correct with my assumptions stated above? It is well-documented that the Hobbits speak ...
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Spoken language of the Hobbits in LotR

To answer question (1), which is clear enough, in the appendices to LotR, writing on the history of the Hobbits, JRRT says (my emphasis): It was in these early days, doubtless, that the Hobbits ...
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Height of the LoTR Races

In the case of elves: A tall people in general when compared to Men. By Eldarin tradition, at the time of the Great Journey, the Eldar (Future Vanyar, Sindar, Nandor, Teleri of Aman, Noldor) were ...
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Did the Hobbits of the Fellowship of the Ring wear hats?

In support of Ethlodiad's answer, which I find pretty comprehensive, we can look for further evidence: Tolkien's own drawings of Hobbits! I had to resort to searching the web, since I don't own any of ...
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Height of the LoTR Races

Here is another answer, containing only statements from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. What is said in those books is certainly canon in those books. What Tolkien wrote in letters and essays ...
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