Full record for hobbitlike adj.

Definition like a hobbit
OED requirements any evidence 1964
Earliest cite J.R.R. Tolkien, letter to Naomi Mitchison
Comment Mark English submitted a cite in a letter dated 23rd April 1954, from JRR Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison (reprinted in The Letters of JRR Tolkien, ed. Humphrey Carpenter, 1981: there are also several later letters reprinted here that use the term).
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1998 cite from "Thin Air" by Greg Child.
Katrina Campbell submitted a 2001 cite from "The Lord of the Rings: the mythology of power" by Jane Chance.
Adam Buchbinder submitted a 2007 cite for "hobbit-like" from an article, "Homologising the Mind" in the "Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology"

We would be interested in any earlier use by Tolkien, and any use of the term by other writers, of any date.

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Citations for hobbitlike adj.

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1954 J. R. R. Tolkien Let. 25 Apr. in Lett. (1981) 180 Since Sam was close friends of the family of Cotton (another village-name), I was led astray into the Hobbit-like joke of spelling Gamwichy Gamgee, though I do not think that in actual Hobbit-dialect the joke really arose.
1998 G. Child Thin Air 36 On a windy afternoon, we found the most reclusive of the old hermits sitting crosslegged outside his hobbitlike dwelling.
2001 J. Chance Lord of Rings: Mythology of Power 120 Even so, Gollum addresses himself as Smeagol, the name of his better (Hobbitlike) side invoked by Master Frodo.
2007 D. Rendall et al. Homologizing the Mind in Oxford Handbook Evolutionary Psych. 61/1 All else being equal, a recent, even hobbit-like, species of human should be a lot like us.