Tricksy prehistoric hobbitses!
A couple of things:
1) Five years ago, there's no way a mainstream science article would have used the description "hobbit-sized". Such is the power of cinema.
2) Sometimes, scientists disappoint me. I mean, given an opportunity like this, finding a 3-foot tall adult prehistoric hominid, they name it Homo floresiensis after the island where they found it? C'mon, guys! It never occurred to any of you to name it something like Homo frodoensis or Homo hobbitis or something? You could have been the heroes of geeky paleontology students everywhere.