"Frodo was neither very fat nor very timid; indeed, though he did not know it, Bilbo (and Gandalf) had thought him the best hobbit in the Shire." - Fog on the Barrow-Downs
However, somewhere in the book it says that when Frodo left the Shire, he was fairly fattened-up and "timid".
"'I am sure you have given me all the heaviest stuff,' said Frodo. 'I pity snails, and all that carry their homes on their backs.'
'I could take a lot more yet, sir. My packet is quite light,' said Sam stoutly and untruthfully.
'No, you don't, Sam!' said Pippin. 'It is good for him. He's got nothing except what he ordered us to pack. He's been slack lately, and he'll feel the weight less when he's walked off some of his own.'" - Three is Company
But of course the quest took its toll, and later on Frodo was a shadow of his former self.
However he also was much older in the book. I don't think an older Frodo would have worked and Elija's beautiful performance won me over from the fist introduction. Merry and Pip also should have been chubbier. But again I loved them.
Holy Lembas bread Frodo was described in the book as " Tall, fair, thinner then most hobbits and had an elvish look to him...." he looks just fine. But I must admit he must take a whole lot of evening walks or skips second breakfast or something. On the other hand if you think Frodo is skinny then what about Merry and Pippin? they arn't exactly like a bowl full of jelly.
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