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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hobbits and Pugs

In honor of the cinematic event of the year, at least in my opinion, the screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Here is a post comparing hobbits and pugs that turned out to be the most popular one on my old blog, Urban Hounds.

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)

Exhibit B- This picture above documents a day that the Retro Rover pug's dad played a mean trick on them.  Tubby, Ping, and Weasley wandered into Weasley's play pen in search of stray bit of kibble, Dad then closed the door and they became a bit confused.  A few seconds later when he re-opened the door they could not figure out how to get out and had to be picked up out of the pen.

 (Of course a pugs IQ points climb a bit 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)

Exhibit C-A Pug Besotted Human

BILBO:  In fact, it has been remarked by some that Hobbits’ only real passion is for food.

Exhibit D: Three hungry pugs sharing a pupsickle

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.

Exhibit F: A pug demonstrating a love of 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
We hope you enjoy the movie if you do go and see it, or even better read the books.   Happy Hobbiting!


  1. I love it!
    We'll go see the Hobbit, though we haven't loved it the way we loved the LOTR movies. The books, though, including Silmarillion, are a passion of mine since early high school.
    Tolkien got one thing wrong though. Hobbits didn't disappear - they amalgamated. I know lots of people who definitely have Hobbit genes. Myself included!

  2. We'd prefer pugs. SHE tried to read The Hobbit in college and realised that fantasy isn't HER thing gave up half way through. Though SHE does like Harry Potter....go figure.

  3. Oh I love this post! Hobbits and pugs have many things in common :-) Photo evidence for passion for food is very cute!
    My husband wants to see the movie in the theater so we may be going.
    Happy weekend xoxo

  4. Not a Hobbit fan but sure love the pugs. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. After I finished reading the LOTR trilogy, I felt sad that it's all made up and there are no Hobbits in the real world. For a while I read Tolkein's other writings and learned everything I could about him to try to justify the thought that he knew something the rest of us didn't. No, I was not a child at the time. I was 33. But you're right, it does comfort me to know that pugs are very much alive and well in this world. There is something very LOTR-like about dogs in general...their focus on things that are really important in this world like good food and friendship.

  6. All those cute puggy faces are too cute to look at!


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