the hobbits should be brown? I didn’t know that! omg
*huge deep breath*
To be precise, hobbit skin tones vary, but the most common skin tone is probably some shade of brown (it’s not described in detail). But anyway, here’s three important bits of info literally just from the books:
They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers….
Literally, their skin is described as brown. “But Book, maybe that’s just tan from being in the sun because they’re farmers” (an argument I’ve actually seen posited for this)? Nope:
LOTR, Concerning Hobbits:
The Harfoots were browner of skin, smaller, and shorter, and they were beardless and bootless; their hands and feet were neat and nimble; and they preferred highlands and hillsides. [..] They were the most normal and representative variety of Hobbit, and far the most numerous.
The most “normal and representative” variety of Hobbit is brown of skin, which is, by this quote, pretty strongly implied to be genetic. It would be a bit silly to note that they were browner of skin, and that the Fallohides were fairer of skin, with both as distinguishing characteristics, if it weren’t heritable.
If someone really had something against casting brown people as hobbits, they could probably wiggle their way out of this and come up with a justification for why it ~doesn’t count, but I don’t think there’s a good reason to do that. The simplest explanation is that most hobbits have brown skin, and that hobbits come in a variety of skin tones, just like humans do. The fact that this apparently passed Peter Jackson and the casting department by is…an issue.
Further note that I think is worth mentioning, Gandalf via Butterbur, on Frodo:
“But this one is taller than some and fairer than most, and he has a cleft in his chin: perky chap with a bright eye.”
In other words, Frodo’s fair skin is sufficiently unusual among Shire-hobbits to serve as part of an identifying description, which suggests that hobbits aren’t usually fair-skinned. (You could argue that this refers to hair, and golden-haired hobbits are also noted to be rare later in text, but I think combined with the above two quotes, it’s pretty clear that fair-skinned hobbits are unusual anyway.)
We could for sure talk about how Tolkien tends to do fair skin=nobility and how that’s Real Bad. And that’s for sure worth deconstructing. I don’t want to give him credit for being “inclusive” where no credit is due. But it’s not a good justification for exclusively casting white actors in the Main Hobbit Roles, nor for the fact that, in the movies, most to all of the actors playing hobbits are light-skinned.
a racist, arrogant, selfish asshole that's so greedy that wanted to start a war for some gold, thinks that the Silvan Elves are 'lower' than him, is incoherent from a movie to another (in DoS wanted to close his realm to everyone, in BotFA started personally a war ... WTF?), needs the Redeeming Light(TM) of Ta*uriel for seeing the Truth(TM), is basically the Evil Step-mother of Ta/uriel without any reason, even if he lost his Saint Wife(TM), he seems not to care too much for the safety of everyone, seems almost capable to commit a murder without problem;
he said that 'Long I will tarry, ere I begin this war for gold', is wiser than Bard and Thorin, respected so much the culture of the Silvan elves that he and his father Oropher had adopted it, feared the power of Sauron because he was in the Last Alliance, and he had lost his father and the half of his army in that war, helped the people of Esgaroth after the destruction of their city, tried to be diplomatic with Thorin, acted in a gentle manner with Bilbo, and he and Celeborn after the War of the Ring reconciled and created a new realm.
No, see, you don’t understand, you don’t get it. It isn’t just a movie, it isn’t just a book, or a story or a musical or a piece of art. It’s a little piece of glass glittering at you, reflecting some part of your soul, something that you’re not even fully aware is inside you until you see it looking back at you. A great work awakens something inside you that makes you grander than you were before. It will make you dream longer and soar higher and want deeper.
It isn’t just a story.
It is a new star to be added to the heavens kept inside you. It is a new facet of life to appreciate and aspire to achieve. And a great story, framed in a beautiful production? An excellent tale combined with an intricately developed vision? Those are the ones that sweep us away for life. And god help you if you get grabbed young; your life, your whole life will become a desperate quest to obtain more of it. You will try for it everyday and every way you can. It will become a beacon in life because now that you know you’re missing it, you’ll only ever want it more.
It isn’t just a story.
It isn’t just a movie. It’s damn near a religious experience. It’s as close to holy revelation as I have ever known. It’s the guidepost against which I lean when life overwhelms me, and it has never failed to recenter my heart and my mind. It lets me find an echo of my own fears, my own obstacles, and watch as they are summarily surmounted.
So no, it isn’t just a story to me. It never will be.
I want to be an elf. Like the kind that appears in the Tolkien books. I read and watched the Hobbit, currently I'm reading LotR book 3, and I would give up anything to live like them. No damned computers, no electricity, but bows/arrows, and living in the woods. I get so frustrated over this. I had the same thing when I read Eragon. I want pointy ears, I want their hair, their body. Their abilities, just everything, and I want to speakand write their language. I feel so dumb for wanting this.
Actually, you aren’t at all abnormal for desiring that. It’s a very common dream, believe it or not. I read The Hobbit in 4th grade, and it was the book that spawned my great love of reading. I then read The Lord of the Rings trilogy in middle school, and had very similar desires for a long time. Unfortunately, I’m afraid of insects and far too attached to my computer, so I don’t think that I would do well.
Did you know that you can actually learn to read and write Tolkein’s elvish? They even have classes from time to time. There are at least two fully-formed languages that people can communicate in (Quenya and Sindarin)! It can be something you work on and enjoy. Here are some links to get you started:
That’s only a small selection, there are many more!
That said, if you are interested in living a life similar to the elves, there are certain locations you may be interested in. Lord of the Rings was based heavily on Nordic Lore, and many Nordic countries may appeal to you (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Lapland…) Having lived in Northern California, I can also tell you that the Redwood Forest (located in Northern California and Oregon) would likely appeal to you. You may want to look into Humboldt County, California, as a potential location, as it is extremely beautiful and can be very tolerant. Certain places in Southern Alaska may appeal to you ask well (check out Kodiak Island, it’s beautiful), though the residents tend to be particularly Conservative.
While you may never be able to actually be an elf, you can create a life that appeals to you. In Humboldt County, for example, there are people who live very much like what you’ve described! It’s one reason that it appeals to so many “hippies.”
Let me know if I can help in any other way, okay? I don’t think you are weird or dumb.
Imagine the amount of stress Thranduil must have gone through over the years.
Going to war with Oropher in the Last Alliance, watching his father and two thirds of their army be slaughtered before his eyes, then becoming king and leading what’s left of his army back to Greenwood (Mirkwood?). He then has to take up kingly duties immediately, even though he’s suffering from profound grief. Not to mention some of his people will probably fade from grief or leave for Valinor.
Fast forward a few more years and somewhere along the line Thranduil’s gotten married, had Legolas, Dol Guldur’s occupied again, darkness is spreading, his people’s home is getting more and more dangerous. Since his wife isn’t mentioned at all in Tolkien’s works, I sort of assume that she’s dead or in Valinor. So now we have Thranduil, suffering from Last Alliance PTSD, dealing with the governance of his kingdom, fighting back evil from the south and protecting his people, raising his son as a single father, mourning his father and probably wife. And if you include the movie, dragon-induced physical and emotional trauma. No wonder he drinks so much.
And then there’s more dwarf and dragon induced stress, his son runs off on an adventure with his Captain of the Guard and there’s the Battle of the Five Armies. And then LOTR happens and his son runs off (again) on a grand adventure that involves going to the gates of Mordor. And all this time Thranduil won’t know how Legolas is doing, if he’s hurt or if he’s dead.
It’s a wonder Thranduil’s managed to hold it together all this time. Do you respect him (even more) now. If you still don’t, I urge you to go stare at Lee Pace as Thranduil for a long long time.
And all this came from thinking about alcoholic single dad Thranduil with PTSD haha.