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'''Halflings''' was a name for [[Hobbits]] used by [[Men]]; it was originally given to them by the tall [[Dúnedain]]. Though the Dúnedain had diminished in stature since the line of kings failed, at their greatest the had stood two [[rangar]] tall, making the average Hobbit about half their height.<ref>{{UT|Linear}}</ref> The name was still used by [[Gondorians]] in the [[Third Age]] although they were shorter than their ancestors and the halflings were more than half of their height.
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'''Halflings''' was a name for [[Hobbits]] used by [[Men]]; it was originally given to them by the tall [[Dúnedain]]. Though the Dúnedain had diminished in stature since the line of kings failed, at their greatest the had stood two [[rangar]] tall, making the average Hobbit about half their height.<ref>{{UT|Linear}}</ref> The name was still used by [[Gondorians]] in the [[Third Age]] although they were shorter than their ancestors and the halflings were more than half of their height. The name was first applied to the [[Harfoots]] who became known in [[Arnor]] around {{TA|1050}} and later to the [[Fallohides]] and the [[Stoors]].<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}, Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures</ref>
  
 
The name "Halfling" is a translation from the [[Westron]] ''[[banakil]]'' which means "half-man". It was translated into both [[Sindarin]] and [[Quenya]] as '''[[Perian]]'''.<ref>{{App|F2}}</ref>
 
The name "Halfling" is a translation from the [[Westron]] ''[[banakil]]'' which means "half-man". It was translated into both [[Sindarin]] and [[Quenya]] as '''[[Perian]]'''.<ref>{{App|F2}}</ref>

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Halflings was a name for Hobbits used by Men; it was originally given to them by the tall Dúnedain. Though the Dúnedain had diminished in stature since the line of kings failed, at their greatest the had stood two rangar tall, making the average Hobbit about half their height.[1] The name was still used by Gondorians in the Third Age although they were shorter than their ancestors and the halflings were more than half of their height. The name was first applied to the Harfoots who became known in Arnor around T.A. 1050 and later to the Fallohides and the Stoors.[2]

The name "Halfling" is a translation from the Westron banakil which means "half-man". It was translated into both Sindarin and Quenya as Perian.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", "Appendix: Númenórean Linear Measures"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"