Bilbo Baggins, Homo Floresiensis At Large

It’s likely you’re aware of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson’s popular cinematographic mangling of a book with a similar title. If you aren’t familiar with the latter I’d highly recommend reading it, unless you’re older than 12. If you’ve missed that (admittedly tight) window, then you might as well go and see the movie, because you have been ruined already by reality TV and the Twilight series.

Sidestepping that particular ice-luge of partisan nerdship for a moment - I’d bet you were unaware of the existence of the handsome lady on the right. The picture is, in fact, the computer-extrapolated portrait of a real live (long-deceased) member of the species Homo Floresiensis. You can read the story of the face here.

Some interesting facts about Homo Floresiensis:

  • They were a species essentially marooned on the island of Flores for over a million years, evolving independently.

  • They lasted until at least 17,000 years ago, which is about 5 minutes ago in the scale of human prehistory.

  • They had exceedingly large feet.

  • They possibly became extinct due to the eruption of a volcano.

Doesn’t it make you wonder if The Lord of the Rings isn’t just a blatant example of Historical Revisionism?