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perian (lit. "Halfling"), plural periain and collective plural Periannath, is the Sindarin name for Hobbits.[1][2][3][4]


Hypothetical OS *Periando (there were no Hobbits in the First Age) from the Root PER "half".Template:Or

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing", p. 859 (50th Anniv. Ed.): "[...] a hobbit, a perian [...]")
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 75 ("Periannath, 'the Hobbits (as a race),' as collective pl. of perian 'halfling' (pl. periain)"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 230, (dated 8 June 1961), p. 308
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants", p. 1114 (50th Anniv. Ed.)