Now finally the void left since The Return of the King can be filled, because there is nothing like a Hobbit, and of course sadly in the real world they do not exist (according to the books they were driven away by the big folk). Take heart though, there seem to be some interesting parallels between Hobbits and Pugs.
If you don't believe me take a look at this dialogue taken from the extended addition of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring (I have highlighted the pug pertinent parts and supplied pictorial evidence)
|BILBO VOICEOVER:||Hobbits have been living and farming in the four Farthings of the Shire for many hundreds of years.|
Exhibit A: Pugs are one of the oldest breeds around. Writing describing pugs date back as far as 534 BCE, when they were described by Confucious.
Quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of the Big Folk. Middle Earth being, after all, full of strange creatures beyond count. Hobbits must seem of little importance, being neither renowned as great warriors, nor counted amongst the very wise.
(Of course a pugs natural cleverness comes out when manipulating a human who loves them, much like the wisdom of a Hobbit under duress. Also not great warriors, they definitely prefer a snuggle to a tussle)
|BILBO:|| In fact, it has been remarked by some that Hobbits’ only real passion is for food.|
A rather unfair observation. As we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipeweed. But where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet
|Exhibit E: Pugs appreciating peace and quiet|
and good tilled earth. For all Hobbits share a love of all things that grow.
|And yes, no doubt to others, our ways seem quaint. But today of all days, it is brought home to me it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life. |
|Exhibit G: Pugs appreciating the simple life|