On Hobbits

They were, if it came to it, difficult to daunt or to kill; and they were, perhaps, so unwearyingly found of good things not least because they could, when put to it, do without them, and could survive rough handling by grief, foe, or weather in a way that astonished those who did not know them well and looked no further than their bellies and their well-fed faces.

(From the Prologue to Book 1)

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