Could this species be behind the tales of fairies and “little people” that have been told for generations? From leprechauns to pixies there are tales of little people from all over the world, could these stories have started with encounters with the species Homo floresiensis? There is often some truth in folk tales and this would be an explanation for some stories, if people had encountered these little people in the past and the stories were then passed down through generations by oral history. An intriguing thought for a Sunday.
For more on the Hobbit (lots of different articles here)
Lots of different reports of little people and fairies: