Well, so far so good and we can already feel the anticipation of fans throughout the world for Desolation of Smaug which we can expect to hit theaters this coming December. However, there have also been a large number of rather peculiar reactions after the release of An Unexpected Journey last year. To name a few, there’s Willie Nelson attempting to usurp Ian McKellen’s role as Gandalf as well as a number of home sellers coming up with Hobbit-themed houses to better attract buyers. And now, there’s the whole Hobbit feet issue that’s got so many people (especially those who’ve seen the films and gazed at the special-effects enhanced feet of leading characters like Frodo Baggins played by Elijah Wood or Bilbo Baggins portrayed by Ian Holm). Yes, you heard that right, people are now concerned that their feet might just resemble that of the residents of the Shire with their hairy and leathery feet!
Just to elaborate, Tolkien himself wrote that hobbits are well-noted for their strange feet. Tolkien, who enjoyed creating fictional people, creatures and cultures also made the hobbits unique from one another with separate subspecies living near the in or around the Shire. However, there was one thing that they could all be easily identified (I suppose similar to the way that the One Ring can rule over the other rings of power) and that was their feet which were often covered in thick fur and possessed leathery soles. This meant that hobbit always possessed feet that were fit for traveling and that this made shoes obsolete in their society.
Surprisingly, there have been many reports that a lot of men (men of our world anyway) are worried that their feet seem too similar to the hobbits found in Tolkien’s work with their abundant hair and unattractively thick soles. With sandals and flip-flops now becoming the fad for casual men’s footwear, it comes as no surprise that men are now concerned over the appearance of their feet and are consulting podiatrists or foot doctors to improve the appearance of their feet.