Handsome hobbits, dishy dwarves: in real life would you go out with a shorter guy?

By Kitty | January 4 2013 | 54 Comments

While watching The Hobbit during the week (it’s brilliant, by the way) it was impossible not to notice that there were some really very good looking characters in it. I’d find myself admiring their handsome faces or rugged beards, but then every so often we’d be reminded that these sexy characters are around three feet tall, which put a bit of a dampner on proceedings.

For example, Martin Freeman, lovely Tim from The Office, charming Watson from Sherlock, looks great in The Hobbit. I’m entirely on board with the tousled hair, the waistcoats, the endearing grin, but then we get to the feet. The hobbit feet. And the fact that he barely comes up to Gandalf’s elbow.

The dwarves were another cause for crush confusion for me. Tolkien dwarves aren’t supposed to be sexy, but dear God when you’ve got Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner smouldering up a storm, battering goblins with an axe and looking decidedly more Aragorn than Gimli, what else are we supposed to think?

This brings me to the question, would you go out with someone shorter than you? At the risk of sounding like a shallow wagon, I don’t think I could. I once went on a date with a guy who turned out to be at least a foot shorter than me, which pretty much did away with any chance of a second date as soon as I confirmed that he was actually just small and not far away. Having assumed for years that Jason Statham was a towering, ridey tree of a man, he was ruined for me the day I discovered that at 5’9, he’s the same height as me. And that just won’t do. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to break it to him.

So tell me, is height a factor for you when it comes to fancying someone? And could you overlook massive hairy hobbit feet in the name of true love?

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54 Replies to "Handsome hobbits, dishy dwarves: in real life would you go out with a shorter guy?"

  • Gracie says:

    I am so happy right now that I’m not alone about Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner. I felt a bit weird fancying dwarves.

    I went out with 2 guys that were ever so slightly shorter than me, about 2-3 inches. In both cases, they were the ones that made a fuss about it! And it sounds so shallow but I don’t think I’d go out with a guy who’s a foot shorter than me. :/

  • EvieM says:

    In a word, No. I am 5ft 2, any guy who is smaller than me is heading towards Hobbit territory himself. The hubby is 5ft 11 and that suits me just fine, I like a tall man, dunno why, just do. The little fella is already 3 foot so thankfully he seems to have gotten his height from daddies side of the family and won’t be a squirt like his momma.

  • thefrog says:

    Gracie, I was worried to about fancying dwarves, glad to see I’m not alone. Beside, when they are next to Bilbo, they do look tall.

    I don’t really set rules about guys. Sometimes you end up with someone who doesn’t tick any of your ‘ideal’ boxes (hair, eyes, height…) but it doesn’t matter because you’re just happy with him. I remember one guy who wasn’t very tall, did not look like the guy of guy I would fancy but I would forget all that the moment he smiled at me.

    As for hobbit feet, sure that’s what razors are for.

  • witchgirl26 says:

    Haven’t seen it yet but I love Richard Armitage anyway (North & South has a lot to answer for!!) and Aidan Turner is a bit of a yum!

    I’m quite little at 5″1 so don’t think it’s much to ask for someone to be taller! That said, I have gone out with a guy who’s bout the same height & was grand coz he didn’t have an issue that I was taller than him when I wore heels. Generally though I’d like them to be a few inches taller than me.

  • Babodpower says:

    My fiancé is taller than me,I’m 5’4 and he’s 5’11 but I was seeing a guy once upon a time who was the same height as me and to be honest it wasn’t for me,I found it a little weird and for the life of me I don’t know why! He was very attractive and a nice guy but the height thing seemed to bother me,not the reason we stopped seeing each other but I think in the back of my mind it was a factor.

  • Fairy Godmother says:

    I’m 5″9 and my husband is the same. I LOVE tall men and generally would fancy the pants off anyone 6″4 or over. But I married a short man. I only ever went out with one man shorter than I was but he was a smoker so that was short lived. I don’t think a few inches bother me but a foot? Doubt I could do that. And Jason Statham? What? Disappointed

  • Rosamaria says:

    As I am almost reaching to hit 5′ myself, have never gone out with anyone shorter than myself, but don’t think I would be keen.

    Yes, there are some handsome dwarves although I wish Throrin could lose the head tilt thing – he looks slightly deranged!

  • Grá says:

    I have a thing for men who are shorter than me :) I was going out with a guy who was 3 inchs smaller than me and I like wearing high heels so on a night out I would possibly be 6 inchs taller. I draw the line there though. I was approached by a guy who was about 5ft3 during Xmas, now in heels I’m six foot one….. he spent the night following me telling me that I was the girl of his dreams :D Ah stop ladies it was ridiculous! My friends think I like shorter men because I like being in control and I see them easier to control than a tall man. Hmmm I wouldn’t say that, Ive had my fair share of tall men but I do like them around the 5ft 7/ 8 mark :)

  • PowerOfOne says:

    Totally understand the dilemma. As a woman of 5′ 10 barefoot it was difficult dating in the early days. Fancying boys and then realising they are never going to gaze directly into your eyes, more up your nose was a turn off no matter how dishy they were. On my no strings list (yes list!) is James McEvoy, a man of shorter stature. A man I wouldn’t even consider in reality, but in the alternate universe of NS he is exactly my height! By the way hubby is 5′ 11 and well aware of no strings list!

  • Jackie says:

    When I was in college I dated a guy who was actually called Hobbit by all his friends. I’m 5’7″ so tall enough and he was around the 5’2″ mark. It didn’t bother me at first, but when getting ready to go to a dance one night he pitched a fit because I wanted to wear heels. After that our relationship kind of just faded into the background. We both met other people and it ended on friendly terms. We are still quite close. However I don’t think I’d date another lad shorter than me again.

  • Fiona says:

    It’s a toughie. I’m 5’6″ and it seems that a LOT of Irish men are in the 5’7″-5’9″ bracket, which is kinda short but not a whole lot you can do about it. As for shorter – I don’t think so.
    That said, a very good friend of mine is about the same height as me and his girlfriend is the best part of 6′ – they’re both GORGEOUS though so you get past the height difference quickly :D

  • tinydancer says:

    I’m 5ft 1 so it would be quite hard to meet a man smaller than me!
    My boyfriend is 6ft though, so I do like tall man. But to me, EVERYONE over about 5ft 2 is tall!

  • tinydancer says:

    *tall men, not tall man.

  • Rosemary says:

    I really don’t get the height issue, I think it’s a really weird, shallow thing and one of the last “acceptable” discriminations. I have no idea why; how do we feel when guys are like “I would never go out with a girl with boobs smaller than a C” or even “I could never fancy a girl shorter than 5ft 5in”?

    Height really isn’t an issue for me with guys. I’ve gone out with men who are shorter than, taller than and the same height as me, and it’s never been an issue – in heels or out of them – for either of us.

  • Arannah says:

    I am 5ft7″, the boyfriend is 6ft7″. I am seriously attracted to guys of 6ft4″ and above. No exceptions!

  • Ola says:

    I wouldn’t… but it’s because I’m a pitiful height myself! ;) Fortunately, don’t have this problem as my boyfriend is 6’6… so all sorted :)

  • Fiona says:

    Rosemary – my best friend only dates short brunettes who are curvy and have sallow skin. It’s his type. We’ve had the conversation, he’s just not attracted to women with other body types or attributes. Yes, you could take it as shallow, but attraction has to be part of the deal and I guess for a lot of people height is a turn on/off.

  • red*razors says:

    i’m speaking from 5’2″ so realistically it’s probably a moot point for me. i like men in general! there’s something about a tall man, but then one of the exes i fancied the most was the same height as me and i found it really hot. my previous had been 6’2″ so maybe it was the novelty of not having to break my neck for a shift, but i really really liked it. there’s no such thing as an ideal height for me. all i’m looking for is someone i can fancy.

  • OtherMary says:

    Man shorter than the woman is like a man younger than the woman – plenty of people still think it’s weird although there is no reason why it should be.

  • tina10 says:

    Hubby is same height as me and it’s not something we think about on a day to day basis. But towering heels for an event (on me) makes him feel a little silly, so I tend to wear kitten heels for those. I save my killer heels for business meetings :)

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