Folklore: Traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.
We read lots of stories about Fairies, Hobs, Little People, Pixies and so on. Sightings have been reported to newspapers, throughout the years but not so much now. Our News Reports section gives an insight into those sightings. Some say we are too distracted to see the unseen world around us, others say, it is a load of nonsense! I believe such stories whether true or not, should not be forgotten through time.
Let me introduce you to the Hobs of Hob Hill:-
- Size: Approximately, 4 inches tall.
- Appearance: Human-like, with ears that are thinner, and more pointed. Due to roaming under the shrubbery, Hobs are pale-skinned.
- Eyesight: Hobs can see very well in the dark, making their eyes sensitive to brightness.
- Home: They live amongst the trees, in little holes in the ground or between the roots of trees. Using the natural land for all their needs, a Hobs home can be very comfortable, with many comforts. From, moss and leaves for sleeping on, shelving and tables made from twigs. They live together in small groups called togethens, looking after each other.
- Eat: They eat food foraged from the land, from garlic leaves to berries and nuts.
- Clothes: Hobs make hooded capes from the moss that grows in damp areas. Their capes blend them well into the background. The hoods are used if any dangers are around to hide their pale faces.
- Fears: From dogs to humans, foxes to rain. They have quite a few which is understandable considering their size.
- Movement: Even though they are small they can travel long distances. If a Hob was the size of a human, they would walk double the speed we do. They do not like to travel at night, due to dangers from animals; foxes are a good example.
- Seen: Few have seen the Hobs as they are good at hiding. You could be next to one and would have no idea the Hob was there.
- Evidence: The small holes that we see. Tiny footprints, trodden down vegetation due to the Hob going in and out of its home. Pieces of moss, plants, flowers, nuts or berries, near the entrance of the possible Hob home.
If you would like to see what a possible Hob home looks like, click here.
If you would like to know more about the Hobs and how they live, ‘Hob Hill – The Beginning‘ is the book to read! Some of the content on the website is connected to the book, expanding the story more.