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A hobbit, h, is one of the monsters you will encounter a few floors down in the NetHack dungeon.

Chatting with a peaceful or tame hobbit gives the message "The hobbit asks you about the One Ring."


Hobbits will always be generated with one of a sling, a dagger, or an elven dagger, with an equal chance of receiving any of them. In addition, they have a 10% chance of receiving an elven mithril coat, and a 10% chance of receiving a dwarvish cloak.[1] They also enjoy collecting things off the floor, so one may frequently find other random items in their inventories.

They are usually - but not always - peaceful for lawful characters.



In EvilHack, hobbits are a possible starting race.


In SLASH'EM, hobbits are a possible starting race.


In UnNetHack Nazgul will attack any Hobbits they see, (and vice versa) as part of Nephi's grudge patch.

Encyclopedia entry

Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more
numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace
and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-
farmed countryside was their favourite haunt. They do not
and did not understand or like machines more complicated
than a forge-bellows, a water-mill, or a handloom, although
they were skillful with tools. Even in ancient days they
were, as a rule, shy of "the Big Folk", as they call us, and
now they avoid us with dismay and are becoming hard to find.

[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]


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