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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:28 am

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I think Tolkien exalted certain positive traits which he saw as British... Hobbits, of course, weren't Human, as we know Very Happy .

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:29 am

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Odo Banks wrote:I think Tolkien exalted certain positive traits which he saw as British... Hobbits, of course, weren't Human, as we know Very Happy .

Only using a very specific definition of human. Wink *tuts at the troublemaker*

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:30 am

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:31 am

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Odo's been trying to raise trouble lately. I don't think he gets that he's not really the ominous, troublemaking type. Very Happy

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:31 am

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Eldorion wrote:Odo's been trying to raise trouble lately. I don't think he gets that he's not really the ominous, troublemaking type. Very Happy

Indeed. He's much too little of the... forum-troll-smart-aleck-snide-remarking-takes-pleasure-in-seeing-other's-angry-and-or-butthurt type of guy.

If you ask me.

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:32 am

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Well, Hobbits were intended to represent "respectable" English Country Folk with all their foibles and their charms. Through them, he pokes a bit of fun at their insularity and "lack of curiosity" about the outside world, which he himself had in Spades. So I really think (and I believe this is borne out in Carpenter's biography) that Bilbo represented Tolkien himself, a man of letters who was a bit apart from his own kind--full of wonder and delight (despite his own "better judgment" Wink at the lands and peoples beyond the borders of The Shire, and history itself.

But he clearly is at home with the comfortable life of a Country Squire --a warm fire, good food, good ale, a lovely garden, a song and a smile--that he felt represented the best of England.

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:33 am

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Gandalf's Beard wrote:Well, Hobbits were intended to represent "respectable" English Country Folk with all their foibles and their charms. Through them, he pokes a bit of fun at their insularity and "lack of curiosity" about the outside world, which he himself had in Spades. So I really think (and I believe this is borne out in Carpenter's biography) that Bilbo represented Tolkien himself, a man of letters who was a bit apart from his own kind--full of wonder and delight (despite his own "better judgment" Wink at the lands and peoples beyond the borders of The Shire, and history itself.

But he clearly is at home with the comfortable life of a Country Squire --a warm fire, good food, good ale, a lovely garden, a song and a smile--that he felt represented the best of England.

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Huh! If this is so, then I would say I'm a lot like Tolkien, really, and that makes me extremely happy Very Happy . I always thought myself like Bilbo. I like my own ventures, though when I am pushed beyond my wants out in the wild (which I actually do go on camping/canoeing trips quite often!) I just wish to be home, admittedly, drinking tea, which I am oh too much fond of Rolling Eyes .

As I was saying, some people can not stay in their houses very long these days, I could spend my whole life within the confines of mine own house, saying I had company once and again, my wants of food and drink, and an unlimited supply of books Laughing .

I'm a true sucker for History, and I am slightly obsessed with Chinese History and culture, which I find to be genuinely fascinated in. So, I suppose I could best describe myself as a Hobbit! :mrgreen:

Though I never thought of myself like Frodo. Neutral

This thread has made me very happy Laughing .

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:34 am

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I am a bit of an Armchair Adventurer myself Wink , and always identified with Bilbo and Frodo (Frodo mostly when I was younger, and now Bilbo as I get older). And like you, I am obsessed with Chinese Culture and history (rather Elvish I think Cool ).

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:35 am

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Gandalfs Beard wrote:I am a bit of an Armchair Adventurer myself Wink , and always identified with Bilbo and Frodo (Frodo mostly when I was younger, and now Bilbo as I get older). And like you, I am obsessed with Chinese Culture and history (rather Elvish I think Cool ).

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*Chuckles*

Well the Internet is a wonderful thing, as long as Discussion forums such as this, I'm very happy I came upon one such as this, quite a treasure. Very Happy

Hmmm, well, the only way I can see Chinese and Elvish culture and history intertwining is... oh... well, I can actually see it being much more similar then I originally thought. Embarassed Smile

They are the most "ancient" of us still around, since they are the longest surviving, and still surviving, civilization in known history, so they have seen many more things then any of the other civilizations have, so you could describe them as... observers, or at least, you could have. Modern-China makes me sad Crying or Very sad . While Mao Zedong is a prominent name in Chinese History, and while I respect him for the impact he had upon it, I really despise how he changed China, and I am a fan of revolutionists, too! :ugeek:

Oh wait. This is a thread about Hobbits. Neutral I suppose this isn't the part to rant and ramble about China.

We should make an "All To Do About World History" thread. Or something. I should do this. Idea

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:36 am

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Actually Durin, the forum topic regarding where Tolkien's Races are derived from in history would suit this bit of the conversation perfectly.

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Post by Old Forum on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:36 am

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Yes, it's nice to think of yourself as hobbits (it gives me a fuzzy feeling too). It's sad you can't be real ones - being humans, I mean... Very Happy

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed May 11, 2011 6:29 pm

This doesnt really belong here- having no connection to the thread topic other than, um a hobbit lives here. But somewhere I can't find we had a brief discussion about the size of the garden at Bag-End.
Well I finally got my old scanner to work with win7, which means I could finally scan Tolkiens illustration (from my copy of the annoted Hobbit) of Bag End, as I could never find it on the web.

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It doesnt rreally answer the size of garden question clearly exceptperhaps to suggest large, as it seems to go off to the left. Certainly large enough to require a gardener full time.


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Post by chris63 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:23 am

All is revealed Rolling Eyes clown monkey

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/333112/title/Taking_the_measure_of_a_hobbit
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:25 am

It'll do for me. I believe in hobbits!! Very Happy

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:56 am

I thought this happened a few years ago? Question I guess the excavations in Indonesia have been ongoing.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:09 am

This I think is the follow up. Now they have had time to analysis and start arguing over whose version of things is right. Give it another few years, then they mght have a consensus, right before they discover soomething else there which proves both theories wrong!

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:11 am

Ah, the scientific method. What's not to love? cheers
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Post by Orwell on Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:14 am

Eldorion wrote:Ah, the scientific method. What's not to love? cheers

Can't dispute proper science...

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Post by chris63 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:26 am

http://www.newser.com/story/125292/angry-experts-dont-call-hobbits-tea-partiers.html

Looks like the orc has a beard.
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Post by Eldorion on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:29 am

chris63 wrote:

What is this I don't even


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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:29 am

Tea Party = Hobbits? WTF? Hobbits at Tea party- now that makes sense.

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Post by Orwell on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:31 am

The Tea Party doesn't make sense... not that they'd know, anyhow...

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Post by Orwell on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:23 am

Very Happy

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