Origins of hobbits

Bruce N H

Active Member
Hey all,

I started thinking about this and maybe I'm just forgetting, but did Tolkien address the origins of hobbits in any of his post-LotR writings? We know about elves, men, dwarves and ents. We've been reading through Tolkien going back and forth about the orcs, and whichever story you go with there could probably be applied to trolls. We've had various writing about the eagles. It just seems odd that after hobbits were at the heart of his most popular works Tolkien wouldn't go back and work out their origin. I've vaguely got the idea that they were genetically related to men, like an evolutionary offshoot (though Tolkien probably wouldn't use that language), but I can't point to any specific passage that explains that.