'Hobbit' Name Banned as Name for Hobbit:
They were just trying to get people to attend their lecture: A New Zealand scientist was stopped from
using the word "hobbit" in the title of his talk about a miniature species of early human, reports the
Brent Alloway, a New Zealander and archaeologist, is holding a lecture soon featuring two of the
scientists who found Homo floresiensis in 2003.
He wanted to call it "The Other Hobbit." But the
company who made "The Hobbit" movie told him that he couldn't use it, even though it's a pretty common
word that J.R. Tolkien actually coined.
Alloway has changed the name of his lecture to "A newly discovered
species of Little People — unravelling the legend behind Homo floresiensis." Not as catchy.