Re: Elijah Wood as Frodo
- --- In email@example.com, jack@g... wrote:
> I disagree. Given their longer lives, it can argued that they alsoAccording to Tolkien, Hobbits ARE human, and there is nothing wrong
> had a delayed physical and social development process. Hobbits are
> *not* human, so theur chronological cannot be assumed to reflect
> their physical appearence.
with a 50-year-old hopping around.
HOWEVER, technically, in the book, while Frodo was 50 when he set out
from the Shire, the Ring had preserved his physical age and he still
seemed like he was 33 (and the narrative mentions the unnatural
aspect of his preservation).
Pippin, the youngest of the four Hobbits to leave the Shire, was only
29 (when he reached Minas Tirith -- or so he told Bergil). Merry and
Sam were both younger than Frodo.
Tolkien's hobbits lived to ripe old ages in their 90s and 100s, just
like people today. He gave them a bit of an edge but not much of one.
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