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'''Harfoots''' are one of the three races of [[Hobbits]].
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'''Harfoots''' are one of the three breeds of [[Hobbits]]. The Harfoots were the most common and typical of the kinds.  
 
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The Harfoots were the most common of Hobbits, and in their earliest known history they lived in the lower foothills of the [[Misty Mountains]] in the Vale of [[Anduin]], in an area roughly bounded by the [[Gladden River]] in the south and the small forested region where later was the [[Eagles]] Eyrie near the High Pass to the north.
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== Nature==
 
== Nature==
They were browner of skin than the other Hobbits, had no beards, and did not wear any footwear. They lived in holes they called ''[[smials]]'', a habit which they long preserved. They were also on very friendly terms with the [[Dwarves]], who travelled through the [[High Pass]] on the Great Road.
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They were shorter and smaller than the other breeds, browner of skin, had no beards, and did not wear any footwear. They lived in holes they called ''[[smials]]'', a habit which they long preserved.
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The Harfoots liked highlands and hillsides, and were accustomed to living underground longer. They were also on very friendly terms with the [[Dwarves]], who travelled through the [[High Pass]] on the [[Great Road]].<ref name="Hobbits">{{FR|Hobbits}}</ref>
  
 
== History==
 
== History==
The Harfoots were the first to migrate westward into [[Arnor]], and it was to them that the name ''[[Periannath]]'' or ''[[Halflings]]'' was first applied by the [[Dúnedain]] when they were first recorded in Arnorian records around [[Third Age 1050|1050 of the Third Age]]. They tended to settle down for long times, and founded numerous villages as far as [[Weathertop]].
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In their earliest known history the Harfoots lived in the lower foothills of the [[Misty Mountains]] in the [[Vale of Anduin]], in an area roughly bounded by the [[Gladden River]] in the south and the small forested region where later was the [[Eagles' Eyrie]] near the [[High Pass]] to the north.
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They were the first to migrate westward into [[Eriador]], beggining thus the [[Wandering Days]] of the Hobbit peoples<ref name="Hobbits"/>. They were first recorded in [[Arnor]]ian records around {{TA|1050}} and it was to them that the name ''[[Periannath]]'' ([[Halflings]]) was first applied by the [[Dúnedain of Arnor]].  
  
By the 1300s of the [[Third Age]] they had reached [[Bree]], which long was the most western village of any Hobbits.
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They tended to settle down for long times, and founded numerous villages as far as [[Weathertop]]. By the 1300s of the [[Third Age]] they had reached [[Bree]], which long was the most western village of any Hobbits.<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref>
  
The Harfoots were joined between {{TA|1150}} and {{TA|1300}} by the [[Fallohides]] and some [[Stoors]]. The Harfoots took Fallohides, a more bold race, as their leaders.
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The Harfoots were joined between {{TA|1150}} and {{TA|1300}} by the [[Fallohides]] and some [[Stoors]]. The Harfoots took Fallohides, a bolder breed, as their leaders.
  
When [[The Shire]] was colonized in [[Third Age 1601]] most of its people were Harfoots.
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When [[The Shire]] was colonized in [[Third Age 1601]] most of its people were Harfoots.<ref name="Hobbits"/>
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
''Harfoots'' means "one with hairy feet", and is a translation of an archaic [[Hobbitish]] form of an old [[Westron]] name.
 
''Harfoots'' means "one with hairy feet", and is a translation of an archaic [[Hobbitish]] form of an old [[Westron]] name.

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The three branches of the Hobbits, portrayed by Lidia Postma

Harfoots are one of the three breeds of Hobbits. The Harfoots were the most common and typical of the kinds.

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Nature

They were shorter and smaller than the other breeds, browner of skin, had no beards, and did not wear any footwear. They lived in holes they called smials, a habit which they long preserved.

The Harfoots liked highlands and hillsides, and were accustomed to living underground longer. They were also on very friendly terms with the Dwarves, who travelled through the High Pass on the Great Road.[1]

History

In their earliest known history the Harfoots lived in the lower foothills of the Misty Mountains in the Vale of Anduin, in an area roughly bounded by the Gladden River in the south and the small forested region where later was the Eagles' Eyrie near the High Pass to the north.

They were the first to migrate westward into Eriador, beggining thus the Wandering Days of the Hobbit peoples[1]. They were first recorded in Arnorian records around T.A. 1050 and it was to them that the name Periannath (Halflings) was first applied by the Dúnedain of Arnor.

They tended to settle down for long times, and founded numerous villages as far as Weathertop. By the 1300s of the Third Age they had reached Bree, which long was the most western village of any Hobbits.[2]

The Harfoots were joined between T.A. 1150 and T.A. 1300 by the Fallohides and some Stoors. The Harfoots took Fallohides, a bolder breed, as their leaders.

When The Shire was colonized in Third Age 1601 most of its people were Harfoots.[1]

Etymology

Harfoots means "one with hairy feet", and is a translation of an archaic Hobbitish form of an old Westron name.

The ord is supposed to represent archaic English hǣr-fōt > herfoot > harfoot.

Tolkien noted that Modern English hair, though related, is not a direct descendant of Old English hǣr, hēr and therefore *"hairfoot" would not be a faithful translation.[3][note 1]

Notes

  1. However, Wiktionary shows hair as derived directly from hǣr.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 759