In the Lord of the Rings movies how did the hobbits...

By Link
United States
July 24, 2009 9:07pm CST
In the Lord of the Rings movies how did the hobbits walk all over the place in their bare feet? They went over rocky hills, bogs, mountains,snow, the mines of Moria, water, hills and dales, and yet, they never hurt their bare feet. Do hobbits have especially rough and calloused feet to protect them from dangers so they can walk around bare foot?
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@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
27 Jul 09
Their feet must have a very thick skin which allows them to be able to traverse such terrain. Humans around the world walk barefoot, in both good and rough terrain, if it is traditional or common practice to walk barefoot, eg holidaying near the beach if you rarely walk barefoot the first few days of walking on a hot beach feels like walking on fire after a while your feet adapt and it is fine. If you start walking barefoot from when you are young your feet grow a thick coat of skin which over time hardens further to make walking on all terrain harmless. With the exception of severe cold and heat most humans can handle most terrain if accustomed to walking barefoot so the same should apply to the hobbits, and in addition their feet seemed adapted to these conditions, also walking on paths, were the ground has been trodden several times can make a smooth path easy to walk on(eg hiking trails). PS: A note about how Sean Astin hurt his foot, it is the scene where Sam goes into the river to go with Frodo who is on the boat going to the other side, it was a piece of glass that they had not seen in a previous inspection and it went through the artificial feet and into his own foot causing a few problems. Something similar happened to a friend on the beach a broken bottle was hidden in the sand and he stood on it ruined his vacation as due to the stitches could not go into the water again so it can happen to anyone.
• United States
1 Aug 09
Oh thanks for all the info. Yeah poor Sean, I saw the behind the scenes interviews when it all was first coming out, even though they try to make it safe, an actor's job can still come with some dangers, but all in all, I'm glad he toughed it out. I would have, for a chance to be in LOTRs. Stuff like that sucks, because New Zealand is so beautiful, and they picked it because of it's natural beauty and it is hard to believe something so wonderful and uninhabited still exists out there, which is why it made the perfect place for the fantasy of LOTRs. But yeah, sometimes people throw stuff out where they aren't supposed to. =( The dangers of the beach.
@wigima5 (908)
• United States
25 Jul 09
LOL. funny question. :P i guess they have super calloused feet with a little animal feet mixed in there as u know dogs and bears dont wear shoes either, so i guess does this pose the question do hobbits descend from animals???? hmmmm... :P
• United States
25 Jul 09
Thank you for responding! I think they're part human, they are called "Halflings" I don't know if it is because they are so short, or because they are half hobbit and half-? something else. But yes I see your idea stemming from how dogs and cats have pads on their feet that let them walk outside and on stuff that would hurt our feet. I bet cavemen had feet that were rough and calloused and allowed them to walk on stuff. But maybe because we started wearing shoes our feet our now normally soft.
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
hey there bamboopanda13!hobbits are fictional where as humans are not!Hope that helps!
• United States
25 Jul 09
That is absolutely not helpful. I realize they are fictional, but in the context of them being fictional I was wondering if there was any specific mention of them being calloused footed, and there was which someone so wonderfully let me know. Thanks for trying to be helpful but you were not, try again next time.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Well according to the description of the author of the books, J RR Tolkien Hobbits had very thick, callused feet so they didn't hurt their feet. In the movies however, "fake" feet were made out of latex rubber and placed over the actors real feet. However, there was a reported incident where Sean Astin (Sam Wise) did have a serious accident when he accidentally stepped into something very sharp on the ground and had to be hospitalized for awhile
• United States
25 Jul 09
Thanks! I never got around to reading he books yet, only The Hobbit when I was younger. I did hear about poor Sean's foot! I think it is on the disc that comes with the dvd where he talks about it. That sucks, but it's good he got through it, I can't see anyone else as Samwise!
• United States
30 Aug 09
According to J. R. R. Tolkien, and I quote from the Fellowship of the Ring: As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright colors, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, since their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling hair, much like the hair of their heads, which was commonly brown. Thus, the only craft little practiced among them was shoe-making; but they had long and skillful fingers and could make many other useful and comely things. Hope that helps!