“There are four kindred of the Children of Ilúvatar that we recognize,” Ada explained, “although there are more creatures who are able to think and reason and speak beyond these. The Elves comprise the Firstborn, and are eldest and wisest, and do not die lest they are slain or die of weariness of spirit. The mortal After-comers include Men, Dwarves, and the Periain, or Hobbits.”
“And the one who came with the Wizard and the Dwarves—he was a Hobbit,” Estel commented.
“Indeed, so he was. A hardy race, Hobbits, and full of surprises, or so we have found.”