There is only one tale about them, namely that they do not appear in any other tales. They do little, and avoid the sight of men, being able to vanish in a twinkling; and they can change their voices to resemble the piping of birds. From 'Holbytla' the word 'Hobbit' in Westron was derived.
When Théoden met Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck standing guard at Isengard on 5 March, T.A. 3019, he immediately connected them to the folklore creature although he noted that they weren't known to spout smoke from their mouths. He was corrected by Peregrin, who said that they preferred the term "Hobbit" (kuduk).