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The '''Fallohides''' are one of the three races of [[Hobbits]].
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One of three original divisions of hobbit-kind, along with the [[Harfoots]] and [[Stoors]]. The Fallohides were the least numerous of the three branches, and originally dwelt in the northern parts of [[Middle-earth]].
  
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==The Nature of the Fallohides==
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In appearance, Fallohides were taller and slimmer of build than the other [[Hobbits]], with some growing to four feet or more in height. Both their skin and their hair tended to be fair, and no Fallohide ever grew a beard.
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Fallohidish culture was much more open to outside influence than that of the Stoors or Harfoots; they were friendlier with the other races of Middle-earth than their cousins, especially the [[Elves]]. Perhaps because of this, they were skilled in both song and speech.
  
The Fallohides were the least common of Hobbits, and in their earliest known history they lived in the forested region where later was the [[Eagles]] Eyrie near the High Pass to the north, in the Vale of [[Anduin]]. To their south lived the far more numerous [[Harfoots]], and far south in the [[Gladden Fields]] lived the [[Stoors]].
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While the other two branches of hobbit-kind were pastoral and rustic in nature, the Fallohides retained a hunting tradition, and so were naturally bolder and more inquisitive than their relatives, but less gifted in the arts of farming and agriculture.
  
The Fallohides were fair of skin and hair, and none of them ever grew a beard. They were great lovers of the trees and forests, and skilled hunters. Many of them were friends with the Elves, and because of this they were more learned than the other Hobbits. They were the first to later learn [[Westron]], and the only ones to preserve some of their old history.
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==The History of the Fallohides==
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The Fallohides seem to have dwelt originally on the upper reaches of the River [[Anduin]], in the region where the [[Greylin]] and the [[Langwell]] flowed into the [[Great River]]. It is likely that they mixed with the ancestors of the [[Rohirrim]] at this time, for the [[Northmen]] also dwelt in this region, and this is likely the origin of the [[legend of the holbytlan]] found in [[Rohan]].
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At the end of the first millennium of the [[Third Age]], evil things began to stir in the east of Middle-earth, and many peoples, including the ancestral Hobbits, began to travel westward across the [[Misty Mountains]]. The first Hobbits to enter [[Eriador]] were the Harfoots; the Fallohides deserted their northern homes in around 1150 (Third Age), and crossed the Mountains to the north of [[Rivendell]], at the sources of the River [[Hoarwell]].
  
After the Harfoots had migrated westward in the years following 1050 of the [[Third Age]], the Fallohides followed them around 1150. Unlike the Harfoots they crossed far north of [[Rivendell]], and from there later met up with the Harfoots.
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The tribes of the Fallohidish Hobbits travelled slowly down the course of the Hoarwell, and westward across Eriador. They eventually settled in the region around [[Bree]], in c.1300 (Third Age), where their adventurous and intrepid natures made them natural leaders of the other Hobbits they found there. It was presumably at about this time that the three strains of Hobbits began to mix freely for the first time.
  
The Fallohides were more bold and adventurous than the Harfoots, and many of them became leaders of the Harfoot villages. It was probably under Fallohide rule that the Harfoots migrated westward beyond [[Weathertop]] and reached [[Bree]].
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Three hundred years later (in the year 1601 of the Third Age), two Fallohide brothers, [[Marcho]] and [[Blanco]], travelled westward again from Bree with their followers and crossed the Bridge of Stonebows (later the Brandywine Bridge). They settled in the empty land that they found there and were granted it by King Argeleb II of Arthedain, in whose realm it lay. This was the land that was to become known as the Shire.
  
In 1601 two Fallohide brothers, ''Marcho'' and ''Blanco'', by permission of the King in [[Fornost]] ([[Argeleb II]]) crossed the river [[Baranduin]] (Brandywine) and colonized [[The Shire]].
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As the centuries passed, the three distinct strains of the Hobbits gradually began to disappear as they mingled with one another in the Shire. Nonetheless, there were families that retained a strong line of Fallohidish blood, and the impetuosity that went with it. At the time of the War of the Ring, the Fallohidish line was still well represented in the families of the [[Tooks]] and the [[Brandybucks]].  
 
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The Fallohides learned Westron from the [[Men (Middle-earth)|Men]] of Arnor, and it was they who first learned writing.
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After this the Fallohides mixed more and more with the Harfoots and later the Stoors, until the three Hobbit races became one.
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The influental [[Took]] clan had distinct Fallohide traces both in appearance and character, as did the ''Oldbuck'' and later [[Brandybuck]] clan. Both [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Frodo Baggins]] were part Fallohide, due to their Took mothers.
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Other famous Fallohides included Bandobras [[Bullroarer Took]], who slew an [[Orcs|Orc]] leader, and [[Peregrin Took]] as son of the [[Thain]] was a Fallohide.
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Revision as of 05:08, 23 August 2005

One of three original divisions of hobbit-kind, along with the Harfoots and Stoors. The Fallohides were the least numerous of the three branches, and originally dwelt in the northern parts of Middle-earth.

The Nature of the Fallohides

In appearance, Fallohides were taller and slimmer of build than the other Hobbits, with some growing to four feet or more in height. Both their skin and their hair tended to be fair, and no Fallohide ever grew a beard. Fallohidish culture was much more open to outside influence than that of the Stoors or Harfoots; they were friendlier with the other races of Middle-earth than their cousins, especially the Elves. Perhaps because of this, they were skilled in both song and speech.

While the other two branches of hobbit-kind were pastoral and rustic in nature, the Fallohides retained a hunting tradition, and so were naturally bolder and more inquisitive than their relatives, but less gifted in the arts of farming and agriculture.

The History of the Fallohides

The Fallohides seem to have dwelt originally on the upper reaches of the River Anduin, in the region where the Greylin and the Langwell flowed into the Great River. It is likely that they mixed with the ancestors of the Rohirrim at this time, for the Northmen also dwelt in this region, and this is likely the origin of the legend of the holbytlan found in Rohan. At the end of the first millennium of the Third Age, evil things began to stir in the east of Middle-earth, and many peoples, including the ancestral Hobbits, began to travel westward across the Misty Mountains. The first Hobbits to enter Eriador were the Harfoots; the Fallohides deserted their northern homes in around 1150 (Third Age), and crossed the Mountains to the north of Rivendell, at the sources of the River Hoarwell.

The tribes of the Fallohidish Hobbits travelled slowly down the course of the Hoarwell, and westward across Eriador. They eventually settled in the region around Bree, in c.1300 (Third Age), where their adventurous and intrepid natures made them natural leaders of the other Hobbits they found there. It was presumably at about this time that the three strains of Hobbits began to mix freely for the first time.

Three hundred years later (in the year 1601 of the Third Age), two Fallohide brothers, Marcho and Blanco, travelled westward again from Bree with their followers and crossed the Bridge of Stonebows (later the Brandywine Bridge). They settled in the empty land that they found there and were granted it by King Argeleb II of Arthedain, in whose realm it lay. This was the land that was to become known as the Shire.

As the centuries passed, the three distinct strains of the Hobbits gradually began to disappear as they mingled with one another in the Shire. Nonetheless, there were families that retained a strong line of Fallohidish blood, and the impetuosity that went with it. At the time of the War of the Ring, the Fallohidish line was still well represented in the families of the Tooks and the Brandybucks.