If you’ve ever read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you know that JRR Tolkien is an absolute genius of world-building.

The world he created seemed alive and real, it was more than just a great trilogy of really effin’ long fantasy books. The books read more like a history, a record of events that actually happened rather than fiction. It’s the reason that books that were published in the 1950s are still so widely loved today.

Of the many fantastic creatures that live in the world of The Lord of the Rings, the most appealing creature isn’t the fiery Balrog, some grand wizard or badass orc warlord, it’s a Hobbit.

There’s a reason the main character of the series is a Hobbit.

Hobbits are not badasses, they don’t have special powers and they cannot murder giant elephant monsters with a bow and arrow.

Hobbits live a simple life in the countryside, eating second breakfast and drinking their ale. They are the everyday person. Which makes a Hobbit relatable to readers and viewers.

Well, if like me, you can appreciate the humble Hobbit, I have some news for you. They may have been real once.

Newly uncovered fossils on an Indonesian island dating back hundreds of thousands of years might indicate a type of human species nicknamed the “Hobbit.”

The 3.5ft tall humans were found to have lived on the Indonesian island of Flores 50,000 years ago, but they mysteriously vanished. Mounting evidence now suggests that our ancestors could have caused the extinction of the species.

The discovery of hearths in the Liang Bua cave indicates that hobbits and modern humans both occupied the site within 11,000 years of each other.

Researchers are searching for more evidence that will remove any doubt that modern humans might have wiped them out. If the two species lived together at the same place and time it could explain the hobbits’ extinction.

To conclude, we can say that a character from the fantasy world was real… Until we came in and f*cked it up. This is why humans can’t have nice things.

We ruin everything.

Akhil was raised by movies, television, and the internet. A never-ending source of absolutely useless information. He would tell you more, but he was distracted by something shiny