|Hobbits by Lidia Postma|
|Origins||A group of Hobbits|
|Locations||Vales of Anduin, Bree, The Shire|
|Lifespan||c. 96 years|
|Average height||Shorter than the other Hobbits|
|Hair color||No beards|
|Skin color||Browner than the other Hobbits|
They were shorter and smaller than the other breeds, browner of skin, had no beards, and did not wear any footwear; Their hands and feet were neat and nimble. They liked highlands and hillsides, and lived in holes they called smials, a habit which they long preserved. They were accustomed to settle in one place longer.
In their earliest known history, the Harfoots lived in the lower foothills of the Misty Mountains in the Vales of Anduin, in an area roughly bounded by the Gladden River in the south and the small forested region where later was the Eagle's Eyrie near the High Pass to the north.
They were the first to migrate westward into Eriador, beginning thus the Wandering Days of the Hobbit peoples. 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[source?] as far as Weathertop while at the same time their kin were still back in the Vales. By the 1300s of the Third Age they had reached Bree, which long was the most western village of any Hobbits.
The word is supposed to represent archaic English hǣr-fōt > herfoot > harfoot.
Portrayal in adaptations
- The Harfoots are portrayed as ancient halfling travelers of highlands and hillsides. Harfoots dwell within portable homes in a caravan that could blend into the natural environment. They delighted in parties, coming up with the traditional Harvest Festival to prepare for their migrations from one seasonal haven to another. The Harfoots utilize symbols within a pictographic writing system to produce meanings and note natural rhymes and tabulations to prepare for migrations. Each Harfoot caravan has a Trailfinder who leads them. Trailfinders utilize a Star-book inherited through generations to aid their caravan on the safest course in each migration. During migrations, the Harfoots carry their most valuable possessions inside carts. If a Harfoot falls behind, the caravan moves on without them, instead taking them with them only in spirit, in essence, abandoning them to die or "decaravanized". In addition, Harfoots can also be "decaravanized" by breaking the rules of the community.
- However, Wiktionary shows hair as derived directly from hǣr.