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Dreamflower's Musings  by Dreamflower

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This has previously appeared in my LiveJournal.

HOBBIT AGE CONVERSION CHART

Some while back there was a discussion on one of the E-lists about the differences in maturity of Hobbits as compared to Men. JRRT seems to hint that the difference is approximately two-thirds.  When reading what he has to say about faunts in Letter #214, and comparing the Coming of Age of Hobbits at thirty-three with that of humans at twenty-one, it seems to bear this out.  During the discussion, Topaz Took came up with a formula that actually works the difference out at .64.

Using a calculator, I came up with the following chart.  I have rounded the ages up or down to the nearest half-year for simplicity's sake.  This is, of course, only for comparable physical ages, and does not take into account the possibilities of mental, social and cultural differences.

I fully realize that not everyone agrees with this ratio.  A number of people believe that there is not a physical difference, and that Hobbits simply make their young people wait longer for the responsibilities of Coming of Age. Others believe that Hobbits grow the same as humans until they reach their tweens, when they then have an extended adolescence. Others believe that the ratio holds true up until Coming of Age, when it then begins to gradually fade.  However, for those who do agree, I hope this Chart will prove a useful tool.

Hobbit Years    “Man” Years

1 year =             about 8 months 

2 years =           about 13-14 months

3 years =           about 18-20 months

4 years =           2 to 2 ½ years

5 years =           3 years

6 years =           3 ½ - 4 years

7 years =           4 ½ - 5 years

8 years =           5 years

9 years =           5 ½ - 6 years

10 years =         6 ½ years

11 years =         7 years

12 years =         7 ½ - 8 years

13 years =         8 years

14 years =         8 ½ years

15 years =         9 years

16 years =         10 years

17 years =         11 years

18 years =         12 years

19 years =         12 ½ years

20 years =         13 years

21 years =         13 ½ years

22 years =         14 years

23 years =         14 ½ years

24 years =         15 years

25 years =         16 years

26 years =         16 ½ years

27 years =         17 years

28 years =         18 years

29 years =         18 ½ years

30 years =         19 years

31 years =         20 years

32 years =         20 ½ years

33 years =         21 years

40 years =        25 ½ years

50 years =        32 years

60 years =        38 ½ years

70 years =        45 years

80 years =        51 years

90 years =        58 years

100 years =      64 years

111 years =      71 years

130 years =      83 years





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