Hobbits or Halflings are the creation of author J.R.R. Tolkien for his books The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Tolkien goes into depth describing this hardy breed of creatures, and they play integral roles in both books. In fact, in The Hobbit Tolkien begins with a brief description of hobbits, which is later expanded upon in The Lord of the Rings.

Hobbits, of course, are markedly different from “man” in that they are rather short. They tend to be shorter than dwarves, a separate race, and tend to be not taller than about four feet (about 1 meter) at the most. To men, they often have a childlike appearance, and they tend to remain youthful looking until well into their 50s. Hobbits generally live past 100 years and do not officially come of age until their 33rd birthday.

These creatures tend to go barefooted since the soles of their feet are quite leathery and the tops of their feet are covered with thick curly hair. They do not wear beards as the dwarves do, and are most likely to have dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. Their skin is also rather dark, and they usually have slightly plush bellies. They also have extremely good health and can recover from illnesses and injuries, which happen rarely, more quickly than most would expect.They also love to wear bright colors like green, yellow, red and blue. However, with all their brightness, they are so quiet in step they’re likely to be missed by big people and can quickly get away. Tolkien clearly implies that hobbits are rare but still exist in present day, though big people are unlikely to ever see one.

Hobbits also remain youthful in spirits. They love jokes, play, parties, and especially eating. A normal day might include breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, tea, dinner and supper. They eat a diet quite British in composition, but are especially addicted to mushrooms, and can be very greedy about sharing them. In other ways, hobbits tend to be quite generous, offering food or...

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