ramblings and writings of a southern hobbit

What is a hobbit?

“What is a hobbit? I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays….”–J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

About Hobbits

mushroomsIn the midst of grading a stack of papers, Professor Tolkien flipped over a sheet of paper and scribbled the words “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Thus the race of hobbits was born. He described them short, jolly, curly-headed and rather plump individuals with a passion for mushrooms and an antipathy towards shoes. Of himself, Tolkien wrote, “I am in fact a hobbit in all but size.I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but I detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humour (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.”

About Nel Brandybuck

My hair is straight and I have an unhobbitlike fondness for water, but I am still very much a hobbit. I love food, family, mushroomsLittle_Rosie_Cotton_by_Valerhonand the smell of dirt, and I never wear shoes if I can help it. I’ve lived most of my life less than sixty miles from my birthplace–the city of Charleston–and I’ve probably traveled less than Tolkien did. I have a tendency to laugh a little too loud and a little too often. Sometimes this gets me odd looks, but such is life as a hobbit.

Disclaimer: Those attempting to find a purpose for this somewhat purposeless blog will be severely scolded and sent to bed without mushrooms. To all others, welcome to my Hobbit Hole.


9 responses

  1. WanderingTraveler

    I am slightly offended. :( I had to wait to get your blog link from the Moth’s blog. :(


    May 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

  2. nelbrandybuck

    NooooOOOOooooooOOOoooOOOoo!!! Don’t be offended!!! :P I only just got the blog the way I want it to be and gave out the link for the first time last night.

    May 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

  3. WanderingTraveler

    Oh ok. Well, then…I am un-offended. :P

    May 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

  4. fatalromantic

    Is BJU farther than 60 miles from Charleston?

    May 26, 2009 at 1:29 am

  5. nelbrandybuck

    BJU doesn’t count. :nods:

    May 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

  6. fatalromantic

    well, you technically do live there like technically Virginia is in the South. although it does not seem to me very southernly.

    May 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm

  7. Der Nachtfalter

    *Will be more than happy to be sent to bed without mushrooms*

    August 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  8. WanderingTraveler

    *will be more than happy to take Der Nachtfalter’s scorned mushrooms*

    August 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm

  9. Pooka

    results from random clicking on different link-looking things are interesting – never have i seen this page! I like the quote at the top. ^_^ However…unfortunate as it is, i agree with the Moth – mushrooms are evil, and u and Charity can have them.

    August 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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