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The idea that Hobbits have big feet seems to have begun with the Brothers Hildebrant, who did numerous popular illustrations in the s and s. They also showed Dwarves with very large feet. Tolkien did not.

Resurgence of Ancient Darkness: Lost Tales of Power, Book 4 (Unabridged)

Their height is variable, ranging between two and four feet of our measure … Bandobras Took … was four foot five and able to ride a horse. He was surpassed in all Hobbit records only by two famous characters of old. That story is told in The Lord of the Rings.

No: it was the Entdraught that did it, and Pippin grew too. The four Hobbits of the Fellowship appear to have been Harfoots with in the case of Merry, Pippin and Frodo at least some Fallohide ancestry. Humans who go barefoot all their lives often develop feet wider and stronger than modern feet, but not feet which are abnormally long or rubber. As for being stout, Tolkien says often that the Hobbits enjoyed eating and drinking.

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People who do hard physical work like farming can eat lots without becoming fat. The average Hobbit however appears to have been at least well-covered. But they were not always stout. Like humans, they were inclined to expand as they got older. And running.

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He was wrong about growing upwards, though see above, Entdraught. It is a tradition among film-makers and some illustrators to make Sam Gamgee fat. In the story, Sam is never called fat, and as a young Hobbit and a hard worker is probably fitter than any of them. In the book, Gollum calls Sam cross, rude, nasty, suspicious, not nice and Nasssty.

But never fat. Why make Sam fat? In Sherlock Holmes movies not in the books , Dr. Watson is sometimes made into a stout, bumbling fool, apparently for a low-cost laugh. However, Sean dutifully put on weight and remarked to one interviewer that he stopped when he realised that PJ would be happy for him to go on getting fatter indefinitely. The movie does not explain why their Sam is more or less the same size when he leaves Hobbiton and when he reaches Mouth Doom after some weeks of semi-starvation. Yes, although the depiction of Orc reproduction at Isengard in the Peter Jackson films has created rather a strange impression of Orcs being bred in pods.

The original readers of The Lord of the Rings were not much more enlightened. Later, at the battle of the Hornburg Gamling refers to half-orcs and goblin-men, and subsequently Aragorn also mentions half-orcs at Isengard. These remarks, if Gamling and Aragorn are correct, imply that Orcs had similar reproductive qualities to mankind. This reveals that under Morgoth Men could be made to mate with Orcs, producing larger and more cunning breeds. Saruman rediscovered this and did the same resulting in larger cunning Men-orcs and treacherous and vile Orc-men.

Incidentally, during the course of this essay Tolkien reveals that Orcs were not immortal, on the contrary they were short-lived in comparison with men of higher race, such as the Edain p. But in stories that seldom if ever see the Orcs except as soldiers of armies in the service of the evil lords we naturally would not learn much about their lives. Not much was known. However, Tolkien was aware of this question at an early stage, especially after reading the first film storyline for The Lord of the Rings in He knew for the strength of the story that they should be used sparingly.

The Eagles already had a prescribed role, so they were not always at the beck and call of Gandalf. On a mission in which secrecy was a key element employing a giant Eagle to carry the ring is not the most sensible option. Every reader is different. If you are a child of 9 then the first book should definitely be The Hobbit. The Silmarillion is quite a dense read, and should probably be tackled a little later. Even this is a bit prescriptive. One reader might particularly enjoy epic poetry, so they may prefer to read The Lays of Beleriand much earlier than someone who dislikes verse.

The most obvious order in which to read the books is probably to follow that in which the books were published.

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There are parts of the languages worked out quite thoroughly, but not a complete grammar. Tolkien himself said that he did not have the urge to converse in Elvish, which was just as well because he did not make enough to converse in, except perhaps about stars, trees and death. Some language enthusiasts write short poems in elvish for much the same reason. He made many different dialects of Elvish, and kept changing them this is what he liked doing. We have also in our Peter Roe Booklet series a concise Sindarin word list compiled by Ken Chaij, which can be useful as a reference for someone who has already read The Lord of the Rings and its Appendices.

Tolkien regarded his invented languages as a pleasure, a study and an art all his life.

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They were his own work, drawn from knowledge that he gradually built up over 70 years. He did not approach his art as an obsession or a battlefield. A man of strong opinions, he nevertheless strove to establish peace and reconciliation in his academic roles. He aimed to understand in depth, and respected the work of others. Tolkien, A Biography. This should be supplemented by The Letters of J. Tolkien by Humphrey Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien. Have a look at our Books about Tolkien page for a more exhaustive list of suggestions.

Five titles are available from Penguin Books with thorough introductions under the byline Legends from the Ancient North :. These contain late nineteenth-century texts which may have been known to Tolkien.

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Several are also illustrated by the most popular contemporary illustrations of the time, and all are introduced by fantasy author Cecilia Dart-Thornton. The full list is:. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit.

They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home. For years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, year-old Eric flees through the wreckage.

The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die.