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Dated back at least to III 1050, and probably long before1
Wherever Hobbits were found, but in the later Third Age they were located primarily in the Shire
Numerous, but important examples include Bag End, Brandy Hall, Great Smials and the Town Hole of Michel Delving
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The underground dwellings of the Little Folk

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Originally the Hobbits' preferred style of dwelling, holes buried into hillsides, downs and banks. By the late Third Age, these had largely been replaced by buildings of wood or brick, but hobbit-holes were still in use by the more established Hobbit families of the Shire (for example, at Bag End and Great Smials).



III 1050 is the year in which Hobbits were first recorded in the records of Men, but Hobbits themselves clearly dated back further than this, and Hobbit-holes seem to have themselves dated back into ancient Hobbit history.

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