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"The word hobbit has an unknown origin. However, as designating a diminutive legendary creature"

How does that square with

Proposed etymology

By Tolkien's own account, the coining of the name hobbit was a spontaneous flash of intuition. When he was busy grading examination papers, the word popped into his mind,

Geofferybard 02:13, 14 February 2011 (UTC)


It should be noted that in Tolkien's works, Hobbit is a proper noun and thus is always capitalized just like he capitalizes all the other races.

No, it's a capitalized common noun. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:40, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

RFC discussion: December 2012–August 2017[edit]

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The etymology section is basically an entire encyclopedia article. --WikiTiki89 11:05, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

I was able to find the referenced publication, which contains the word, but it seems to be totally unrelated. The choice would be either to delete the earlier usage from the entry altogether, or to create a third etymology for it. The mere appearance of the term in a list of ghosts and spirits is a rather weak mention, but seems to point to actual usage in some local dialect. I'm not so sure it's enough. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:24, 15 December 2012 (UTC)