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The episode is a Comic-Con cornucopia, with references to popular fantasy titles such as The Lord of the Rings (poor Treebeard), The Hobbit (poorer hobbits), Harry Potter (child wizards) and The Chronicles of Narnia (Aslan the lion).
Amidst trolls, orcs and sundry other dangers, one memorable antagonist stands out in The Hobbit: the giant, dwarf-eating, hobbit-scaring, treasure-hoarding dragon Smaug.
Among the activities are shallow water play, in which kids can channel water flow, an underground hobbit hole for exploring, sand play, and forts made – or unmade – with sticks.
In the past, most studies of the hobbit focused on the skull and jaw fragments, according to the press release.
Splashes: While there are clawfoot tubs in many rooms in the main building, the Airstream showers are clearly built for Hobbits.
The deal to the land of Kiwis (and hobbits) is good throughout Auckland’s shoulder season—which means thinner crowds but still pleasant temps.
Hobbits, superheroes, and trolls peak from tiny doorways.
This epic journey to Middle Earth, with hobbits and another story in search of a ring, is brought to the screen with its score played live.
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Did You Know?
What is a hobbit? wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in the 1937 fantasy novel that introduced Mr. Bilbo Baggins. The author then answered himself: "They are (or were) little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves.... There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along ...." Tolkien tells us that hobbits "are inclined to be fat," and that they "dress in bright colours"; they "have good-natured faces, and deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner)." Tolkien, a professional linguist who taught at Oxford, coined the word hobbit (and many other terms - in fact, a whole new language) for The Hobbit and for his enormously popular series The Lord of the Rings.
Origin and Etymology of hobbit
First Known Use: 1937See Words from the same year
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