The Hobbit Question
Are J.R.R. Tolkein's hobbits real, or nearly fictional?
New evidence says yes.
In 2003, scientists in Indonesia found remains of an eighteen thousand year old woman, whose head was a third of the size of modern humans’. The same team has since recovered the bones of nine other bodies, the most recent of whom is believed to of lived twelve thousand years ago.
But were they like the creatures depicted in the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?
Not exactly. Many people take this small detail to prove that hobbits did NOT exist. They say that they didn't have advanced cooking technologies; that they didn't have evolved soles of their feet; that they didn't live in hilly areas, much less "hobbit holes". But if the remains found in Indonesia weren't the remains of 'hobbits', what were they?