That character is not actually a hobbit, though, I believe.
I'm with Sara. That's a pretty amusing headline, but that's not a hobbit. That's Thorin, a dwarf. I haven't even seen the movies and I know that. More fantastic reporting from The Oregonian?
Interestingly, when I looked up the review to link to, the picture with the review WAS a hobbit. So I think maybe they heard that comment from many people. Because, you know Portland people know their hobbits and aren't afraid to correct misinformation.