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I just realized

Much of American holiday folklore can be traced to a single source: the poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," by Clement Charles Moore, more commonly known as "The Night before Christmas," from its first line. This is where we get the archetypal description of what Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus looks like. However, some details have changed over the 193 years since it was first published.

According to Moore, Saint Nicholas is not actually a man (not even a canonized man) but a diminutive being that Moore calls an "elf." His actual size isn't given, but he's carried by "a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer," and he's small enough to fit down a chimney without any sort of magical dematerialization (he emerges "tarnished with ashes and soot"). We're also told that "he had a broad face and a round little belly," and that he smokes a pipe.

Can there be any doubt about it? Santa Claus is a hobbit! It's no wonder he can get through all those late night snacks. And giving presents to everyone is a perfect fit to hobbit customs.

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shirebound
Dec. 6th, 2016 05:50 am (UTC)
You're absolutely correct! What a marvelous revelation!
madfilkentist
Dec. 6th, 2016 10:00 am (UTC)
Moore provided a lot of the details, but it was Thomas Nast who gave us the drawings of Santa Claus as we think of him today. Coca-Cola's ad campaigns updated it, but basically we go by Nast's image.
sartorias
Dec. 6th, 2016 02:21 pm (UTC)
If he'd had bare feet in the poem . . .
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