About Hobbits

The Hobbits named it the Shire, and there in that pleasant corner of the world they plied their well-ordered business of  living, and they heeded less and less the world outside where dark things moved, until they came to think that peace and plenty were the rule…

I can relate to Tolkien’s hobbits.  I enjoy getting my hands dirty in my garden and watching plants grow, I love to eat and drink, I have big feet (but I keep my toe hairs shaven), and I miss the scent of my grandfather’s pipe.  I keep close to home.  I relish a classic tale.  My idea of adventure is trying a new recipe or taking the whole family to…well, anywhere!

I love hobbits, and it’s fun to talk about myself in hobbit terms (or to speak as though they are real creatures), but I don’t really want to be a hobbit.  The majority of them lived their lives in ignorance of what lurked on the outskirts of their borders; only a handful of hobbits ever walked beyond the boundaries of The Shire.

I know that for a majority of the world “peace and plenty” are not the rule; rather, the norm includes war, hunger, hopelessness, fear, and desperation.  Looking a little nearer, just a few miles from my own little piece of earth, a community of people are living in filth and squalor.  How hateful of me to turn a blind eye when I know a way to make a difference in just one of those lives.

I am so thankful for my church; my brothers and sisters in Christ stir me up to more love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). I’d like to step out my front door of my own accord, but, like Bilbo, sometimes I need a little push.

5 Comments on “About Hobbits

  1. Good Post. I think we all like Hobbits for their ability to relish the “small” things in life. But what makes Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam irresistible is that they are also caught up in the great events of their day and they respond to adventure and loss with courage and steadfast friendship. Hopefully, we can also do both — enjoy the simply things of life and be a part of God’s grand Mission. And as their story ended, so will our – the grey rain-curtain of this world parts and then we see it — white shores and beyond that, a far green country where God dwells among men.


  2. I can’t help but love this post. Great analogy. (sigh) I love stores. In some ways it is more pleasant to live a peace-loving, quiet life without facing the darkness, but then what would we know of the great adventure, the struggle, the pain, and in the end, when the king returns, somehow the joy will be deeper.


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