"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry hole, bare, sandy hole, with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." - The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"

There are few recorded deeds of Hobbits until late in the Third Age of Middle-earth, which is just the way Hobbits would prefer it. They are simple, quiet folks, preferring to dwell in hillside holes in and around the area known as The Shire in western Eriador. Called "Halflings" by some due to their size relative to Men, these small folk enjoy the peaceful endeavours of farming, eating, and gift giving, rather than concerning themselves with the dangerous affairs of the rest of Middle-earth (save the legends of Hobbit bowmen in the wars of Fornost). In these dark days, however, it is the unassuming Hobbits, with their often surprising adeptness of both word and action, that will have the greatest impact in the war between the Free Peoples and the lengthening Shadow from the North.

From the most modest of beginnings, Hobbits are capable of the grandest of deeds. Their nimbleness and quick-thinking are well documented of course, but Hobbits are not to be underestimated. Hobbits, although small in size relative to the other races, are sturdy of body, determined in their actions, and good with bow or knife (when they have to be). Their small frame belies a toughness and spirit of a capable adventurer in the lands of Middle-earth.

A hobbit can choose to go barefoot or sport boots via the User Interface settings.

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# Jan 18 2008 at 11:15 PM Rating: Decent
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The only branch of Hobbits that wore boots were the Stoors - the strain that Smeagol was. However they only wore boots when the environment called for it. The Fallowhides and Harfoots didn't.
curly hairs
# May 02 2007 at 1:43 AM Rating: Decent
In fact Tolkien described all Hobbits to have curly hairs. In fact, there are no hair-types on Hobbits to be curly. I think this is more of a mistake than a non-barefootet Hobbit.
# Apr 22 2007 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent

Hobbit Burglar:

(No shoes, altho he seems to wear high lvl gear)
# Apr 08 2007 at 4:52 PM Rating: Good
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One has their choices, can wear boots/shoes or go barefoot now as a Hobbit
# Mar 10 2007 at 6:27 AM Rating: Good
I was wondering why the developers saw fit to let the Hobbit playable characters be able to equip themselves with shoes/boots? The NPC Hobbits don't seem to have footwear. I would assume that armor values could've been set so that footwear would not be needed on Hobbits.

Edited, Mar 10th 2007 9:27am by zzbusch
# Apr 17 2007 at 2:49 AM Rating: Decent
Perhaps a trait to be learned that a Hobbit not wearing shoes/boots would get a substantial boost to either their sneak or their running speed. Something to offset the lack of bonuses that equipping shoes would provide.

I agree that Hobbits do in fact wear boots, but the fact that Tolkien goes to such length illustrating the bare-footed Hobbits that figure in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings we might assume that such a notion figures prominently enough in the mythology to warrant special attention. Just my thoughts...
# Mar 16 2007 at 12:24 AM Rating: Good
Just to point, that Hobbits do wear shoes in the books, however most of then dont. Another point is that you can hide the boots / shoes graphics on the options / UI Settings.

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# Apr 06 2007 at 6:24 AM Rating: Good
I seem to remember the hobbits talking about hobbits from Bree being too common because they wore boots. Of course I could be wrong, it's been a long time since I read the book.

Keep in mind that Hobbiton is probably the most wealthy town in all the Shire so the hobbits there feel entitled to go about without shoes. I mean c'mon, if you were an eccentric millionaire you'd go about without shoes too, amirite???

Edited, Apr 6th 2007 10:25am by LoneBadger
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