Tolkien Gateway

Halflings

(Difference between revisions)
m (Added reference)
 
(One intermediate revision by one user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
'''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.
+
{{main|Hobbits}}
 +
'''Halflings''' was a name for [[Hobbits]] used by [[Men]]; it was originally given to them by the tall [[Dúnedain]] who had stood two [[rangar]] tall, making the average Hobbit about half their height. The term first applied to the [[Harfoots]] who became known in [[Arnor]] around {{TA|1050}} and later to the [[Fallohides]] and the [[Stoors]].<ref name=linear>{{UT|Linear}}</ref>
  
 +
The name was still used by [[Gondorians]] in the [[Third Age]] although they were shorter than their ancestors since the line of the Kings ended, and the halflings were more than half of their height.<ref name=linear/>
 +
==Etymology==
 
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>
  

Latest revision as of 07:40, 3 October 2012

Main article: Hobbits

Halflings was a name for Hobbits used by Men; it was originally given to them by the tall Dúnedain who had stood two rangar tall, making the average Hobbit about half their height. The term first applied to the Harfoots who became known in Arnor around T.A. 1050 and later to the Fallohides and the Stoors.[1]

The name was still used by Gondorians in the Third Age although they were shorter than their ancestors since the line of the Kings ended, and the halflings were more than half of their height.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name "Halfling" is a translation from the Westron banakil which means "half-man". It was translated into both Sindarin and Quenya as Perian.[2]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", "Appendix: Númenórean Linear Measures"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"