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Hobbit


Other Names: Halflings, Holbytlan, Little People, Periannath
Meaning: 'Hole-builders', from the ancient Northern word, holbytlan
See The History of 'Hobbit' below


A mortal race almost certainly related to Men, though their origins are unknown. Their most distinguishing feature was their short stature; even the tallest Hobbits rarely exceeded four feet in height.

Originally a widespread people, hobbits were found in much of the north of Middle-earth and down the Vales of Anduin. As the Third Age passed, the Hobbits moved north and west, eventually founding the land of the Shire in III 1601.
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"hobbit n. one of an imaginary race of half-sized persons in stories by Tolkien; hence ~RY (5) n. [invented by J.R.R. Tolkien, Engl. writer d. 1973, and said by him to mean 'hole-builder']"  
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English


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