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Hobbits and what may they be
« on: February 06, 2020, 03:51:25 AM »
Flowers, M. (2017). Hobbits? ... And what may they be? Journal of Tolkien Research, 4(1). Retrieved from https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A500340161/LitRC?u=gain40375&sid=LitRC&xid=734c88cf

This paper is less a look at The Hobbit and more so a study of the etymology of the word 'hobbit'. It would seem that the usage of the word before Tolkien was quite different, and in interviews he had said that he didn't know why he used that word. The article advocates both that the inspiration behind the usage of 'hobbit' is probably a combination of many different sources, and that one of those sources may be the Welsh word 'hobbit' which is (was) an agricultural measurement term.
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