'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.