How do the interactions of hobbits with others affect their culture?

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How do the interactions of hobbits with others affect their culture? by Mind Map: How do the interactions of hobbits with others affect their culture?

1. Advantages during conflict

1.1. Hobbits were sheltered from Sauron's wrath and were essentially unknown throughout much of Middle Earth (Sauron didn't even know they existed)

1.2. They had hidden experience and were the "untold heroes" of the story.

1.3. The "invisiblility" of the hobbits is symbolized by how the ring makes its bearer invisible. Hobbits are heroes because they already are invisible without the ring, and everyone is yearning for invisibility.

2. Shire's purpose

2.1. The Shire was created as a place for hobbits, and it appears to be only for hobbits. Some other settlements such as Bree have multiple races living there, but Shire hobbits seem to be much more snobbish, probably due to their perpetual isolation.

2.1.1. What are the effects of perpetual isolation on hobbit culture? Xenophobia Narrow-mindedness A need to avoid conflict (they are cowards)

2.2. The Shire is quite secluded and cozy, which seems to be the reason why they settled there, hobbits would be able to hide from everyone else easily.

3. Shire's location

3.1. The hobbits are on the path where elves migrate, but they appear to leave each other alone.

3.2. The hobbits live in a remote part of Middle-Earth, which mean they are generally not exposed to other races such as elves or dwarves.

3.3. Hobbits live underground in hobbit-holes. This could also be because of how they are absolutely adamant about avoiding contact with anyone. They are very cowardly and live by routine.

3.3.1. This was probably intentionally put in by Tolkien to make it even more obvious that hobbits have adapted to stay lonely. Sméagol, who is said to be an ancient relative of the hobbits, lived under a mountain for hundreds of years with no contact with anyone and was fine. It seems that the hobbits are not far from this because it is in their culture and they are used to being alone.

3.4. Hobbits in different areas act differently, but have a few similarities. In Bucklebury, they seem to be much more used to seeing more than just hobbits and interact more with them, although they still built a wall to defend against the old forest.

4. Culture

4.1. Hobbits like to stay away from others and avoid conflict at all costs, so it seems unlikely they would trade with others

4.2. The Shire has a few small shops for hobbits to get food.

4.3. The hobbits do not get along very well with others. This was shown in the end of the book when Frodo and Sam ran away from the rest of the group.


5.1. Hobbits try their best to avoid other beings. They like to live in their own little bubble to avoid contact. This was caused by where they settled; it is a secluded little area which people don't know exists.