Who would have thought that the origins of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings universe could go back to the First Age!

Recently, we explained the amazing origins of Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Populated by creatures as terrifying as they are fantastic, whether they are the Nazgul, the Dwarves, the Elves or the Hobbits, the universe created by JRR Tolkien has been able to offer us a dense imaginary world. And so much so that the film adaptations of Peter Jackson have never really been able to address the origins of all these peoples and in particular those of the Hobbits. Once established, Frodo & Cie were entitled to a primordial place in the sagas of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. However, the first traces of these half-men go back to the First Age. During this period, the Hobbits were then assimilated to a primitive or even wild people according to Tolkien’s writings. However, their species subsequently evolved to approach the customs of Men.

Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamegie and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings saga.
Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamegie and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings saga. – Credit (s): New Line Cinema

If the presence of the Hobbits was more discreet during the Second Age, their people were divided at the time into three branches: the Peaublêmes, the Fortauds and the Piévelus. During the Third Age, the Hobbits went into exile in Shire, after having for centuries roamed Middle-earth. If we do not know exactly the cause of their migration, the preponderant presence of Men as well as the threat of the Dark Lord in the valleys of Anduin could explain their displacement. Once established in Shire, the Hobbits lived for long centuries almost in anonymity although certain adventures such as the Orcs invasion or the battle against the Witch-King disturbed their peace of mind. In short, although the events of Hobbit then those of Lord of the Rings spared their people as well as their domain, the Hobbits still have fascinating origins, making them true witnesses to the evolution of Middle-earth. Too bad then that the trilogy of Peter Jackson did not further explore these elements, like the origins of Sauron.

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