*The Hairy Hobbit Feet*
Middle-earth; the name brings many places, creatures, and grand adventures to mind. In that time long ago every day forged a legend and every step a crusade. The forces of good and evil were at constant battle at the end of the Third Age. Perhaps the most fierce battle ever was fought then. But what about? A ring. The One Ring. The Ring of Power spoken of in the legend of The Lord of the Rings.
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
The tale of the War of the Ring would have been lost had not one man recorded the deeds of those who lived the tales. How he learned of them will forever be a mystery, but his name will never be forgotten: J.R.R. Tolkien.
In three books he recorded the War and in one book the rediscovery of the Ring by the most unlikely person in all of Middle-earth: a Mr. Bilbo Baggins, a good-mannered and well-to-do Hobbit of the Shire.
In the following there includes excerpts from The Hobbit and from the three books comprising The Lord of the Rings as noted.
"What is a hobbit? I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us. They are (or were) a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded drawves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off. They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow naturally leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner, which they have twice a day when they can get it). Now you know enough to go on with." [An Unexpected Party - The Hobbit]
Let's take a step back now. I know that after this kindly description by our prostigious Mr. Tolkien you are now picturing a hobbit that looks something like one of the two below:
|Bilbo Baggins||Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood)|
|from The Hobbit (1977)||from The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)|
These hobbits (among others) are vividly described throughout hundreds of pages in Tolkien's books. However, one small detail was never included in hobbits' descriptions, leaving us with a small mystery that has been debated to some extent. We all know Bilbo, Frodo, Pippin, Merry, and good-hearted Sam, but the rarity of hobbit-girls in the stories has left their descriptions vague. Do hobbit-girls also have hairy feet? This is the question answered by The Hairy Hobbit Feet Theory.
|Hobbit feet -->||<-- Hobbit feet|
Above we see a picture of common hobbit feet; common to say that they are normal in appearance, not by who's they are or where they have traveled. This is how hobbits' feet were shown in the live-action movie The Fellowship of the Ring. These feet belong to our dear Mr. Frodo (and if you would like, click here for the whole picture). All other hobbit-boys shown during the movie also had similar feet.
In the making of this grand film (which should be seen by any who may have had kindred in the age of Middle-earth) director Peter Jackson, a mortal man, had the opprutunity to solve this mystery for us. However, even though other creatures were finally brought to life - orcs, dwarves, elves, ringwraiths, the balrog, and many many others - he evaded the matter of feet belonging to hobbit-girls simply with creative filming. This does not stop us from wondering, though.
The theory presented here is not neccessarily true and not neccessarily wrong. It is how one person (myself) believes hobbit feet were. If the time and the chance presented itself, I would gladly go in search of these evasive and clever hobbits to see for myself. So, in order to settle your inquisitiveness (inquisitive, yes, for you wouldn't be here otherwise), read on and consider my thoughts.
This theory is based on stretching the ideas stated in short passages from Tolkien's books. The following passage is from Prologue in The Fellowship of the Ring, entitled Concerning Hobbits:
"It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered."But they can still be very well guessed at. Now, as you may know both Men and Dwarves (who are very distant in relation) both share a common physical trait: beards. This is of course only in males of each race, as is evident today by the race of Men. As stated before, Hobbits are much closer in relation to Men than are Dwarves, meaning Hobbits and Men would also share some of the same traits. There is one trait not shared, though. "Hobbits have no beards." [An Unexpected Party - The Hobbit] So, what can be determined from this you may ask? That is simple. Take this into consideration: Men do not have hairy feet as the Hobbits do.
These traits could be exchanged respectively. Women of the race of Men do not have beards, therefore girls of the race of Hobbits do not have hairy feet. So to answer the question above, do hobbit-girls also have hairy feet? No, I believe it is only a characteristic of hobbit-boys. Hobbit-girls do however share the same leathery feet and other basic descriptions of Hobbits.
This theory could easily be contradicted. It has been said that the hair on a hobbit's feet is for warmth, so this trait could then be considered part of an evolutionary process. Other factors could be taken into account as well. As I have said, this is merely my own idea and I do not claim it is entirely correct. In the future it may be added to with new findings to support it, or with other claims. Please send your input and ideas on this theory, or send your own theory on hobbit-girls' feet to Lila the Traveller. Greetings and words of wisdom from any race are always welcome.
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