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Kuduk

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Kuduk (pl. *Kudugin) was the actual Westron word with which the Hobbits called themselves. It is translated as "Hobbit"

Etymology

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.[1]

Other versions

Before this published word, Tolkien considered the form cûbuc pl. cûbugin which was apparently dropped later.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, p. 49