Reality of hobbits

By David Ahn

Hobbit

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A hobbit is a fictional character created by Tolkien in his story Hobbit. They are smaller than half of a human's height, which makes it almost 1/3 of a human's height. They dressed nice and bright, and they ate a lot. Also they didn't like adventures.

Claims

Are hobbits real?

There are many people who say that hobbits really existed. A group of researchers even found bones of a creature that looked like hobbit, about 12 years ago in Indonesia. But some people like me don't think that hobbits are real, and they also have some reasons for their claim.

Short height

Hobbits ate more than us. They ate five to six meals in a day. But in the book, hobbits are supposed to be smaller than half of a normal human's height. Hobbit were shorter than us even though we eat less food than hobbits eat.

No literary works found

Hobbits were capable of writing. They must have wrote books, because in the book hobbit, Bilbo enjoys reading books. But we never found any remains of literary works that are known to be hobbit. It is a mystery why we can't find any books of hobbits' if hobbits were real.

Why aren't there any hobbits?

Hobbits had a very high standard of living, and they lived like us. They had nice houses, good foods, and clean environment. Also, there were no wars among them. There isn't any particular reasons why there are no hobbits today.
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Evidence of hobbit believers: Skeleton

People who believe in hobbits use bones of a creature that looks like hobbit as their evidence. The bones were found in Indonesia in 2003. The skeleton was about 3 feet (0.9 meters), about half the size of a normal human's height. It was also a female.

Why is the skeleton not Hobbit

There is a possibility that the skeleton found in Indonesia belongs to a modern human with growth disorder. There was only one skeleton found in the cave, so it's hard to disprove this possibility. Why isn't there any other skeletons of hobbits, if they lived together.

Counterclaim

Maybe hobbits came to extinct because there was a disaster. The master of the skeleton could have been the only survivor of the disaster. Also there could have been diseases as well. In the book, the all the hobbits just lived in a town. Population of that size can be easily wiped out by a contagious disease.

Argument against counterclaim

Even if there was a disaster and disease, there must have been some hobbits who escaped the disaster and disease. If there was a disease, especially a contagious one, the hobbits would have moved to another area for their survival. Also, if there was a disaster, some part of the town must have been undamaged, letting some survivor hobbits to rebuild their home again. No disaster can completely destroy a large area with all hobbits living in there.

Final thoughts

Hobbits were intelligent and well fed creatures. They ate five meals a day, and were capable of reading and writing books. They communicated with each other like us, and had nice home with fireplace, which indicates that they knew how to use fire. But they had extinct somehow, and were shorter than us, according to the book. How can they be shorter than us, if they lived better than us, and how could they extinct when they were in good condition. Some researchers say that they found a skeleton that was about 1/2 the size of a normal human, but it is still big for the hobbit that Tolkien described. And also, since they found only one skeleton, there is a high possibility of that skeleton being a modern human with growth disorder. And also, it doesn't make sense that there was a high level of civilization back then, while rest of the world didn't even have a written language. If hobbits really existed, there should be more skeletons and remains of them now, and actually they shouldn't have even extinct.

Data

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This was the pie chart about the gender of hobbit believers in our class. Clearly, more girls believe in hobbit than boys.