The Real Hobbit People
by Christine B.
Most of us are familiar with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and assume that the race of small people (the Hobbits) in the books and movies were the figment of J. R. Tolkien’s imagination. The truth is that in 2004 science discovered evidence of a miniature human-like species on a remote island in Indonesia. They have named them “Hobbits.”
The adults grew no taller than three feet high. A skull and partial skeletons were found in a cave on the island of Flores.
Radiocarbon dating indicates that the small humanoids (Homo Floresiensis) lived near a cave on the island for tens of thousands of years about 17,000 years ago before becoming extinct.
Much like the Tolkien rendition, researchers report that these creatures were flat-footed with long toes. They believe the Hobbits walked upright on two legs, but that they would have not been able to run well. From the skull they found they were able to determine that they had small heads that were in proportion with the rest of their bodies. Since the island is so remote, they would have had no contact with any other species while they were alive.
"Our study provides additional and unequivocal confirmation that we're dealing with a new species. The pathology debate is officially over," said Professor Bill Jungers of Stony Brook University in New York, who led the study into the hobbit's foot bones. "Their big toe was surprisingly short and more similar to a chimpanzee's in relative length than to humans. However, like chimpanzees again, the free parts of the lateral toes were relatively very long and the bones within were curved, whereas human toes in this region are short and straight," Professor Jungers said.
The ancestry of these small creatures remains a mystery. Some scientists claim they could have been descendants of a hominin similar to the early human ancestor of H. habilis, a species that was known to have migrated out of Africa long before other species had (H. sapiens). Others believe that they might have been descendants of a dwarfed H. erectus that underwent an even further miniaturization of their bodies and reverted back to more primitive features. Professor Jungers believes that the hobbits were descended from a bipedal hominin that migrated out of Africa before H. erectus.
If you have read “The 12th Planet” by Zecharia Sitchen another theory might come to mind. Could these Hobbits be the first attempts at creating the Human Race by alien visitors? This could explain how they got on such a deserted island… if the result of the experimental humans did not turn out as the aliens had hoped, instead of destroying their creations, they could have left them on that island to fend for themselves.
Another question looms, as well—How did J. R. Tolkien know about this miniature race long before evidence of their existence was discovered? The people he described in his books mirrors closely to the evidence that was found on that island. Is it possible that Tolkien was once a Hobbit in a past life? Of course it is, to me and some of my readers, if not the scientific community.
Along with the skeletal remains that were found on the island, small stone tools were also discovered. Archeologists believe this indicates that the Hobbits hunted and butchered local animals that resided with them on the island at the time, including pygmy elephants, (yes, they really did exist as well), giant rats and reptiles (like Komodo Dragons).
Since this discovery of a Hobbit race scientists have been reexamining the likelihood that other “mythical” creatures might have also really existed. Evidence (some of it I have shared with you here in some of my other articles), has come to light regarding the existence of gnomes, elves and fairies. Too many personal sightings have been reported for science to ignore them any longer. It is finally pulling its collective head out of the sand and acknowledging that ANYTHING is possible!
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