hob·bit | \ˈhä-bət \

Definition of hobbit 

: a member of a fictitious peaceful and genial race of small humanlike creatures that dwell underground

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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.

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There’s non-stop action, though not for faint hearts, and never an unassuming hobbit or fatherly ent by way of relief. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic," 28 June 2018 The amphitheater calls to mind a hobbit-sized Bryce Canyon bristling with colorful hoodoos full of climbing and scrambling options. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Three thousand kilometers to the south, on the island of Flores in Indonesia, archaeologists discovered H. floresiensis, a diminutive archaic human species known as the hobbit. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Ancient humans settled the Philippines 700,000 years ago," 2 May 2018 Price: $25,000 to $30,000, installed; unit includes drywall, insulation, LED lighting, hardwood floors Photo: Judy Bernier Hobbit Hangout The only U.S. owner of the shingled, hobbit-house looking Archipod is Judy Bernier. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Backyard Sheds Go Upscale," 1 May 2018 There’s no evidence that the rhino butcherers on Luzon are the ancestors of the hobbit, or connected to those unusual humans in any way. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Ancient humans settled the Philippines 700,000 years ago," 2 May 2018 Maybe have Bilbo hang out with the other hobbits for a little longer. Steve Wieberg, kansascity, "‘Dear Fahrenheit 451’: Love letters and breakup notes to books | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018 But the wannabe tyrant, easily fooled out of his newfound power, isn’t one to strike fear in the hearts of men and hobbits. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "‘Das Rheingold’ review: Arizona Opera gives Wagner an epic update," 7 Apr. 2018 Who can love an odd dome home that's been ridiculed as a perfect shelter for a Smurf, hobbit or Yoda? Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Who will rescue the West Linn dome home from bankruptcy court? An artist, hobbit or developer? (photos)," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hobbit

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hobbit

coined by J. R. R. Tolkien

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