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