Hobbit lovers, awaiting "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," in theaters Dec. 14, may chance to find local adventures in the Shire of the Bay Area. But before one can do so, one must know who one is, especially if one purports to be a hobbit. This is easy to accomplish without leaving the comfort of one's hobbit hole; merely visit the various "hobbit name generators" on the vast and informative Internet.

  • Try www.planet-tolkien.com/hobbit-name-generator, and it may come up with something such as Fíriel Clayhanger, part of a family of Shire hobbits. Or you might be related to a Brandybuck or a Took, which would explain a lot.

  • Or try http://the-hobbit-movie.com/hobbit-name-generator, and you may find your hobbit name is Rorimac Whitfoot. Whitfoot is a somewhat prominent family of Shire hobbits, as one was the mayor of the Shire during the War of the Ring. And you share Rorimac with a Rorimac "Goldfather / Old Rory" Brandybuck (2902—3008): head of the Brandybuck family and Master of Buckland from 2963 until his death, and Merry's paternal grandfather. A guest at Bilbo's birthday party, he is intelligent enough to guess (correctly) that Bilbo has vanished in order to go traveling again. Bilbo rewards him for his hospitality over many years with a gift of a dozen bottles of wine.

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