Kuduk (pl. *Kudugin) was the actual Westron word with which the Hobbits called themselves. It is translated as "Hobbit"
It is suggested that this developed from an older word, kûd-dûkan, meaning 'hole-builder'. Although the Hobbits called them as kuduk, they had forgotten the meaning of the word.
Before this published word, Tolkien considered the form cûbuc pl. cûbugin which was apparently dropped later.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, p. 49