In a message dated 08/29/1999 12:02:12 AM Central Daylight Time,
> Shrinking them down seems problematic to me. There are certain laws
> of physics that will be violated enough
> for us to feel that it just doesn't seem right. Speed of movement,
> gravity, etc will be off, and our brains will notice.
Well, Steve, as you probably know, the "tiny fairies" are a joke of mine
(since Tolkien so abominated them); but the Hobbits =are= going to be shrunk
down from normal size actors. I think their heads will look noticeably tiny;
human children in reality, and Hobbits as drawn by most artists, have larger
heads in proportion than human adults. And maybe their arms and legs will
seem a bit spidery...?
It will be interesting to see what size is chosen. My friend and fellow
Tolkien freak here, and I, did a little thinking and experimenting. Three
feet is very, very, small. Four feet is more manageable for interaction -
but JRRT has only exceptional Hobbits attaining that height. Yet he has even
ordinary-size Hobbits walking twenty miles in a day, and leaping a =seven
foot wide chasm= in Moria. (OK, pretty desperate Hobbits, but still...)
Grace and I thought that four feet was more reasonable, but after all,
"three-quarters-lings" or "two-thirds-lings" wouldn't have sounded half so
well, would it?