A race that exists in the books of J.R.R Tolkien, namely the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are short human-like creatures with hairy feet and curly hair; whether they have pointed (elf-like) ears or not is under debate. The reside mostly in the Shire, and are a cheerful folk than enjoy nothing more than a good and filling meal. The most famous would probably be Frodo Baggins, the Ring Bearer.
Gandalf: I think there's more to this hobbit than meets the eye.