Word for Wednesday: Hobbit

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The third and final instalment in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit is out in cinemas this month and is set to be the best yet, getting a whopping 9.5/10 review on IMDB.

For those of you who haven’t read the book, it must have been terrible waiting so long for the first and second films only to be left on cliff-hangers both times!

Our word for the week is Hobbit, coined by Tolkien in 1937 despite appearing in a peculiar list of supernatural creatures penned by Michael Aislabie Denham over 40 years earlier although it is probable that Tolkien never saw this.

Like many other words from folklore and fantasy, Hobbit is in the dictionary and will remain so for generations. A species resembling them may have once existed on the Indonesian island of Flores. The Homo florensiensis species would have stood at about 1.1 meter tall and they are even thought to have lived alongside modern humans!

Maybe we’ll run a feature on giants next week…

Stay tuned and enjoy the movie.

03 Dec 2014
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