Tolkien describes Hobbits
The Lord of the Rings
For they are a little people, smaller
than Dwarves: less stout and stocky, that is, even when they are not
actually much shorter. Their height is variable, ranging between two and
four feet of our measure. They seldom now reach three feet...As for the
Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of
their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright
colours, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes,
since their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling
hair, much like the hair of their heads, which was commonly brown. ... they
had long and skilful fingers and could make many other useful and comely
things. Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful,
broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating
and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily,
being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they
could get them). They were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in
presents, which they gave away freely and eagerly accepted.
I picture a fairly human figure, not a kind of fairy
rabbit as some of my British reviewers seem to fancy: fattish in the stomach, shortish in the leg.
A round, jovial
face; ears only slightly pointed and elvish; hair
short and curling (brown). The feet from the ankles down, covered with
brown hairy fur. Clothing: green velvet breeches; red or yellow waistcoat;
brown or green jacket; gold (or brass) buttons; a dark green hood and cloak
(belonging to a dwarf).
Actual size only
important if other objects are in picture say about three feet or three feet
The Hobbit (1937)
I suppose hobbits need
some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big
People, as they call us. They are (or were) a little people, about half our
height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. ...
They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours
(chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural
leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads
(which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and
laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner, which they have twice a
day when they can get it).