the cult of hobbits; hobbits collectively, or their qualities
Well, there you are: a hobbit amongst the Urukhai. Keep up your hobbitry in heart, and think that all stories feel like that when you are in them.
Letter 6 May in H. Carpenter Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1995) 78
The Hobbit escapes the danger of degenerating into mere plot and excitement by a very curious shift of tone. As the humour and homeliness of the early chapters, the sheer ‘Hobbitry’, dies away we pass insensibly into the world of epic.
Essays Presented to Charles Williams 104
There is too much ‘hobbitry’ in Vol. I taken by itself; and several critics have obviously not got far beyond Chapter I.
Letter 9 Sept. in H. Carpenter Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1995) 184
1966 New Statesman 11 Nov. 701/2
The newest and richest site of hobbitry is the American campus, where students are said to greet each other with hobbitish salutations such as ‘May your beard never grow less’.
J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter
Research HistoryMark English submitted a cite from a 1944 letter by J.R.R. Tolkien, collected in the 1981 "Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien".
Earliest cite in the OED: 1947.
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