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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)