2. I make use of several minor hobbit characters as children, and I want to make sure they would actually BE in Tuckborough and able to interact with my main characters (Merry and Pip) during the time of the story.
I use : Pervinca Took, Pippin’s older sister, and Estella Bolger. I also Ferdibrand Took, who is most troublesome for me as I can't find out much about him.
15 Aug 04 6:15 PM
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The Bolger family's home town is Budgeford, which is about 20 miles (by road) from Brandy Hall, and maybe 40 miles from Tuckborough. There is no reason to think that Estella might not visit
Tuckborough with her family, though, so that should not be a limitation for your story. Estella was born 1385 SR, so apparently she's the same age as Pervinca.
Ferdibrand was born 1383 SR, and so is the right generation. That's pretty much all I know about him, as well -- so you have lots of leaveway for your creative imagination!
And I also include some of my own characters to round things out, Otho and Uther, the Goodbody brothers and Percival Snood.
Just a very personal opinion, but Percival Snood doesn't sound like a very Hobbit-like name to me. The other names sound fine... if you're interested, post here and I'm sure we can help you find some of the lesser-known Hobbit surnames, and maybe even brainstorm a new first name.
The hobbits mature at a different rate, yes?
Yes, Hobbits consider the age of maturity to be 33 years:
"At that time Frodo was still in his tweens
, as the hobbits called the irresponsible twenties between childhood and coming of age at thirty-three."
The Fellowship of the Ring
, LoTR Book 1, Ch 1, A Long-expected Party
So I would equate their 33 with our 20 or so. So a human of about 15 might be about 25 in Hobbit years, if you want to assume that their "irresponsible tweens" correspond approximately with our "irresponsible teens" (my apologies to any real teenagers reading this -- I'm sure the stereotype does not fit you!)
Pippin was born in 1390 SR, so if you want to use this reasoning to make him 25, you would want to set your story in 1415.
Hope at least some of this helps!
P.S. You are definitely doing the right thing by checking your assumptions with other HASA members -- whether we are writers or not, we all like to help each other out!