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A History of Hobbits?

  1. Oct 31, 2004 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    In lieu of the discovery of our tiny ancestors

    Edit: I just noticed this. I meant to say tiny cousins; or something similar.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1027_041027_homo_floresiensis.html

    I thought it would be interesting to put together any anecdotal evidence for encounters with these little beings. Not to be taken of proof of such encounters, this is just for fun.

    One thing that I just noticed was in a link kindly provided by our member danielg, in the Myth and Mystics Napster above. Thanks danielg! :smile:

    From Douglass Price-Williams, Dept. of Anthropology, UCLA
    April 16, 1999

    http://www.nidsci.org/articles/price-williams.php

    If you know of any interesting folklore or legends of "the little people", please provide a link and quote. I should be adding here from time to time.
     
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  3. Nov 7, 2004 #2

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    The Disappearance of Little People Explained in German Legends

    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/gone.html
     
  4. Nov 7, 2004 #3

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    Are you suggesting lore and reality may have causal connections? Sounds like a shotgun wedding to me. It also sounds reasonable. There are no bad questions, just bad answers.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2004 #4

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    I certainly don't mean to push this notion too hard but it seems worthy of consideration. Considering the recent history of these little people, other legends and lore suddenly seem much more plausible.

    http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1101041108-749406,00.html
     
  6. Dec 6, 2004 #5

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    Hobbits? We've got a cave full

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/Science/Hobbits-Weve-got-a-cave-full/2004/12/05/1102182161157.html
     
  7. Dec 7, 2004 #6
    You don't need to look as far as Indonesia 16,000 b.c. to try and explain hobbit stories. Genetic disorders that prevent ordinary growth are rather common in ordinary people.
     
  8. Dec 11, 2004 #7

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  9. Dec 20, 2004 #8

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    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6724037/
     
  10. Dec 26, 2004 #9

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  11. Dec 31, 2004 #10

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    Tales of the Dartmoor Pixies

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/tdp/index.htm
     
  12. May 1, 2005 #11

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    I recently talked with a friend who believes all sorts of crazy things. Over the years I have found that not all of his ideas or beliefs are as crazy as they first seem, so I have learned to allow a lot of slack to see where things go. We talk from time to time and he always has some very unusual perspective on current events.

    It turned out that he knew nothing about the hobbits. So I sent him a link, told him all about it, and mentioned the possibility, as some believe, that there may still be living hobbits. I expected him to jump all over this idea, but instead he really hit me sideways. The next thing from him was to question whether or not they had ever bred with humans. Then he told me that there are those who believe that elves crossed with humans, and certain elfin traits can still be seen in the human population. 'From there...well...I can't bring myself to repeat what he said from that point on... :biggrin:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf
     
  13. Aug 26, 2005 #12

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    The Leprehaun

    http://www.angelfire.com/or/mystifyme/2webfairy10.html
     
  14. May 24, 2009 #13

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    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2192007&highlight=history+hobbits#post2192007
     
  15. Jul 13, 2009 #14
    When news of these "hobbits" came out, I immediately thought the same thing (as did many others, I'm sure). It's a wonderful cause for speculation. Once can easily imagine these strange tiny people spurring all kinds of fanciful stories. It's very thought provoking. Wish there were some still around today!

    Or maybe there are, and they wisely keep in hiding--there's no doubt we would descend upon them very intrusively if we discovered such beings today.

    --Mike
     
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