How to Live Like a Hobbit

by Grace Nuth


  • Don’t be afraid to ask for more. Request the pint when you’re given a smaller glass.
  • Appreciate the little things in life.
  • A little fur on your feet (or arms or legs) never hurt anyone.
  • Find a reason to gather together in celebration whenever possible. Life is worth a party.
  • Go barefoot. Feel the grass under your feet.
  • Grow your own dinner in your own garden.
  • Bow to no one.
  • Three meals a day are not enough. Second breakfast, please.
  • Learn to love homely pleasures: a handmade crock of pottery, a fine cheese, stretching out your feet at the end of the night to watch a sunset.
  • If stress gets to be too much, a little cave time—or hobbit-hole time—can always help.
  • Always see the positive. Falling down a hill is just a shortcut to mushrooms.
  • Know when to be with friends and when to enjoy time alone.
  • Do not seek out trouble, but if it finds you, be brave.
  • Write down all of your amazing experiences, both at home and away.
  • By all means, never blunt your knives or bend your forks.
  • Be loyal to your friends and loved ones.
  • Once you’ve found home, only leave it for the greatest of adventures.


Faerie Magazine, Issue 42 – The J.R.R. Tolkein Issue

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