The Corner

The Little People

What I want to know is, who decided to call the little people “hobbits”? That Tolkien guy has a lot to answer for.

Surely, oompah-loompahs is a better term? After all, in the original Roald Dahl book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I recall that the oompah-loompahs were sweet, Cro-Magnonish cave-dwellers, rather akin to these cute little fellows running around Java. It was only in that horrific movie — what was up with Gene Wilder and that paedo impression he was doing as Wonka? — that they changed them into orange dwarves with green hair who gave annoying moral lectures (in song).