Hobbit tales today: stories of small people from Flores, Indonesia
Smith, RJ & Mbato, CL 2011, 'Hobbit tales today: stories of small people from Flores, Indonesia', Australian Folklore, vol. 26, pp. 134-146.
There are many stories of little people worldwide. Recent archaeological discoveries in Flores have been combined with story to give tantalizing suggestions of pre-historic survival into modern times. A range of Western accounts is considered, from press releases to creative online response. The human need for story, and particularly for it to be local, is affirmed. Finally, local story is given voice and considered afresh.