like a hobbit
Since Sam was close friends of the family of Cotton (another village-name), I was led astray into the Hobbit-like joke of spelling Gamwichy Gamgee, though I do not think that in actual Hobbit-dialect the joke really arose.
On a windy afternoon, we found the most reclusive of the old hermits sitting crosslegged outside his hobbitlike dwelling.
Even so, Gollum addresses himself as Smeagol, the name of his better (Hobbitlike) side invoked by Master Frodo.
All else being equal, a recent, even hobbit-like, species of human should be a lot like us.
any evidence 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien, letter to Naomi Mitchison
We would be interested in any earlier use by Tolkien, and any use of the term by other writers, of any date.
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