Melissa "Fiver" Kern (born March 8, 1974) is an American actress who played a Hobbit in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.


In Spring of 2008, Melissa was excited about the filming of the The Hobbit films, but was apprehensive about their release dates. Her husband, Chris Kern, started Project Fiver with the mission of delivering a petition to Peter Jackson, asking that Melissa be cast as a costumed hobbit extra in the first film.

Melissa has promoted Tolkien fellowship in a numerous ways: she has been a key member of the Tolkien Track at DragonCon for several years, and has also volunteered with the Young Adult Literature track there. She has been an active member on, co-leader of and member of numerous LOTR-related "Moots", and Meet-up groups in the Atlanta area.

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