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Stoors

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The Stoors are one of the three races of Hobbits.

In their earliest recorded history the Stoors, like the other Hobbits, lived in the Vales of Anduin. They were a riverside people that dwelt in the Gladden Fields, and were fishermen. They were broader in build than the other Hobbits, and had large hands and feet. Among the Hobbits, the Stoors most resembled Humans.

Stoors were the only Hobbits who normally grew facial hair. A habit which set them apart from the Harfoots who lived in the mountain foothills, and the Fallohides who lived in forests far to the north, was that many Stoors used boats, and could swim. They also wore boots.

History

During the Hobbit Wandering Days, after the Harfoots had migrated westward, and the Fallohides followed them in Third Age 1150, the Stoors long remained back in the vale of Anduin, but between 1150 and 1300 they, too migrated west.

Unlike the other Hobbit-kinds they took the Redhorn Pass where they branched off and moved south to the Angle south of Rivendell and mingled with the Harfoots and Fallohides that lived there; but most went to Dunland at Swanfleet near Tharbad, which most resembled their old lands..

The Stoors of Dunland came into contact with the Dunlendings. This contact altered their speech slightly, mostly by picking up a few Dunlending words.

A hundred years later Angmar began to threaten Eriador and many Stoors of the Angle fled south to their kin in Dunland where they became a woodland people; other returned to Rhovanion and settled the Gladden Fields, becoming riverland people Déagol and Sméagol belonged to.

However, these Stoors then moved back north to join the other Hobbits in colonizing the Shire. The result was that places that were settled by Stoors have some slight linguistic oddities due to their time of separation and contact with the Dunlendings. The three original Hobbit-kinds merged and blended in the centuries since the settlement of the Shire, but regional variations remained.

Some of these villages might have survived until the War of the Ring, when they were sought out by the Ringwraiths.

However, most Stoors fled to the north and west, ending up in the newly founded Shire around Third Age 1630. There they mingled with the Harfoots and Fallohides, becoming the Shire-folk. The Hobbits of the South Farthing remained very Stoorish in appearance and character, as did some of the Hobbits of Bree and Buckland. The clan of the Brandybucks had many Stoor elements.