Sun 21 Mar, 2004 01:57 pm
I was at a used book sale the other day and there was a Russian language New Testament on sale. I happened to notice that the Russian word for new, "noviy", in the Cyrillic alphabet, resembles the English word "Hobbit". Tolkien was into strange alphabets and such. Is there a chance that Tolkien coined "Hobbit" from the appearance of the Russian "noviy"?
backwards N with a cap, which with imagination might suggest a t: y
Or am I nuts?
I don't know Equus. I bet some Hobbitophile will, though.
Registering a hobbity site to explore later:
J.R.R.Tolkien has been a few times "accused" to have "stolen" the idea about the creatures called "hobbits" and even the word "hobbit" itself, from ancient African and Nordic tales and legends. To this Tolkien answered the following: