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Monday, April 23, 2007


Of Peanuts and Hobbits

We measured our youngest the other day, and it struck me that she is just about the height of a full-grown hobbit, though perhaps not as tall as Pippin and Merry got to be after they drank Treebeard's Ent draught. Imagining two hobbits about the size of my Peanut struggling across the Emyn Muil, over the pass at Cirith Ungol, into the heart of Mordor, and up Mount Doom somehow rendered Frodo and Sam's epic journey even more poignant and worthy of respect.

9 Comments:

Blogger Madman of Chu said...

Peanut would have eaten Golum for lunch and been running Mordor by the middle of book two.

April 23, 2007 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Templeton Peck said...

Not sure what scares me more...that fact that after measuring your daughter the first thing that entered your mind was that she was almost the exact size of a Hobbit....or the simple fact that you KNOW how tall a Hobbit is.......

April 24, 2007 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

or the simple fact that you KNOW how tall a Hobbit is.......

Mr. Peck, this comment made me laugh out loud - which is NOT a good thing given my current location. (It's okay. People just looked at me funny.)

A friend and I had a recent conversation about this sort of thing. No, not Hobbit height. It was about the strange facts/tidbits we all have in our brains.

I'm guessing that Ms. Kate Marie's Hobbit knowledge is no more odd than someone else's ability to rattle off stats from their favorite sports team, the uncanny ability someone else has to quote Scripture for whatever situation arises, a person who can 'name that tune' in two notes, or those who know Pi out to 50 decimal places.

And yes, the conversation came about because of our own ridiculous tidbits of information stuck in our heads and our inability to remember what the heck we ate for lunch not an hour earlier!

April 24, 2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Thanks for defending me, Lisa! I have to admit that Temp's comment made me laugh, too, and so did Madman's, since we're talking about a little girl who was disappointed when she was told she wasn't "tyrannical."

As for my knowledge of hobbits and Middle Earth, all I can say is it's like a single axe stroke among the billions of axe strokes that were required for the carving of the Dwarrowdelf.

April 24, 2007 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

we're talking about a little girl who was disappointed when she was told she wasn't "tyrannical."

Tell little Miss Peanut that "well-behaved women seldom make history". I can't take credit for that; it goes to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

They're good words to live by. Though tyrannical might be a bit closer to the Bonnie and Clyde side of making history, which she might want to avoid.

Out of curiosity, just how tall IS a hobbit?

April 24, 2007 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Templeton Peck said...

3 feet, 9 inches.....right Kate?..

April 24, 2007 2:02 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Okay, now you're scaring me, Temp.

The range for hobbits is apparently 2-4 ft., and I think Peanut is a couple of inches above the average height for a full-grown hobbit.

April 24, 2007 2:25 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

Lisa's comments remind me of City Slickers when Bonnie Rayburn (played by Helen Slater) makes a crack about guys knowing who played what position on what team and to make her point, all three blurt out the correct answer in unison.
I am proud that we are bantering about nicknames for Kate Marie's bodily issue that the Stewdog invented!

April 24, 2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger Madman of Chu said...

Stewdog,

I was thinking I might steal "Bodily Issue" as a nickname if and when the Madwoman and I have more offspring, but then I realized it might be misread as an eating disorder.

April 25, 2007 1:52 PM  

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