“I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us.” (The Hobbit, Chapter 1) We have finished going through The Hobbit, but who, or what, exactly, are hobbits? Perhaps the only fantasy creature which can truly be called the creation of J.R.R. Tolkien, where did they come from and where did they go?

Although all of his published works seem to revolve around this dear and funny race of little people, Tolkien gives us very little actual information about their history and origins. Considering the lengthy material written about elves, dwarves and men, hobbits are relatively obscure. They seem to have the most modern society in Middle Earth, yet the least ambition of any of the free peoples.

Was Tolkien just not interested in hobbit society? Or did he assume that people would relate to and understand these creatures, making extensive explanation unnecessary. Join us this weekend in #thehalloffire when we will explore the world of the Halflings as we look at “Concerning Hobbits: Everything you ever wanted to know about those little guys”

Upcoming topics:

12/11 and 12/12:
David Salo to take a seat in The Hall of Fire.

We are pleased to announce that Tolkien language expert David Salo will be our special guest during our scheduled HoF chat on Saturday, December 11 at 5:30 P.M. EST.

Mr Salo was the primary language consultant for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. He will be talking about Tolkien’s languages (especially Sindarin and Quenya), about how the languages appeared in the movies, and a bit about his new book, “A Gateway To Sindarin: A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings”, as well as answering chatter’s questions.

This will be a moderated Q & A session, and HoF staff are now accepting questions. If you have a question, please submit it to the staff at thehalloffire@theonering.net prior to the event.

(The chat on Sunday, Dec. 12 will center on reactions to the Salo chat, as well as exploring Tolkien’s languages)


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