Fans Are Sharing Obscure Lore About Hobbits

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Vote up the most interesting detail about the residents of the Shire.

Hobbits are at the center of one of the greatest fantasy stories ever told, but there is still a lot that the casual reader or movie watcher might not know about the relaxed residents of the Shire. These Redditors and fans are revealing interesting and obscure lore about hobbits.

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    'Lord of the Rings' Was Much More Lighthearted Before The Hobbits' Story Got Dark While Writing

    From Redditor u/Billy_Fish:

    At one point Tolkien had Bingo (Frodo) putting on the ring at Farmer Maggot's, prancing around with a mug of beer then stealing the farmer's hat on the way out the door. All pretty much contrary to how the story as a whole would come together after it veered away from being a simple sequel to The Hobbit.

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    Bilbo Used The Arken Stone To Kill Smaug In One Draft

    From Redditor u/naner00:

    In the early drafts of The Hobbit, Bilbo kills Smaug using the power of the Arken Stone.

    I like to imagine that this was the way that the oral story was told by Tolkien to his children.

    Later on he had to adapt it to fit into a book.

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    Frodo And Sam Were Bingo And Sam In An Earlier Draft

    From Redditor u/svantevid:

    Originally it wasn't Frodo and Sam, but Bingo and Sam. I hope I remember this correctly because it can only be found in some pencil scribbles in Tolkien's notes and I couldn't check it.

    Also, Tolkien started LOTR as a light-weighted, Hobbit-style story. But then the story took a really dark turn with the black riders and Tolkien went back and rewrote earlier chapters. Also, publisher's son said he really liked the black riders. Well, this publisher's son ended up actually publishing LOTR. This is how much time Tolkien needed.

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    Sam's Hobbit Name Is Banazir Galpsi

    From Redditor u/belcrumov:

    I only learned recently that Sam's 'real' Hobbit name is Banazir Galpsi. Never knew, though I guess bigger fans than I at least are vaguely aware of this.

    I never took a big detailed interest in Tolkien's etymological efforts in writing his books, so it was a funny surprise to read, but I do appreciate that Tolkien did it because it makes his stories feel real all the more.