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Encyclopedia > Halfling
Dungeons & Dragons creature
Halfling
Alignment Any
Type Humanoid
Source books
First appearance
Based on Hobbit
Image Wizards.com image
Stats OGL stats

Halfling is another name for J. R. R. Tolkien's hobbit and is a fictional race sometimes found in fantasy novels and games. In many settings, they are similar to humans except about half the size. Dungeons & Dragons began using the name halfling as an alternative to hobbit for legal reasons. In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, humanoid is a type of creature, or creature type. Humanoids are any creature shaped generally like a human (two arms, two legs, one head, or a humanlike torso, arms, and head), of Small or Medium size, with few or no supernatural or... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, a Hobbit is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. ... John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) was an English philologist, writer and university professor who is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, a Hobbit is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. ... Many fantasy stories and worlds call their main sapient humanoid species races rather than species. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Tug of war is an easily organized, impromptu game that requires little equipment. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... This article is about the role-playing game. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, a Hobbit is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. ...


Originally, "Halflin" was the Scots word hauflin, pre-dating The Hobbit and Dungeons & Dragons. It meant an awkward rustic teenager, who is neither man nor boy, and so half of both. Another word for halflin is hobbledehoy. Scots refers to the Anglic varieties spoken in parts of Scotland. ... The Hobbit is a childrens story written by J. R. R. Tolkien in the tradition of the fairy tale. ... Hobbledehoy is an old Scots word for an awkward rustic adolescent boy or teenager. ...


Some fantasy stories use halfling to describe a person born of a human parent and a parent of another race, often a human female and an elf. Terry Brooks describes characters such as Shea Ohmsford from his Shannara series as a halfling of elf-human parentage. This kind of character is elsewhere called a half-elf and is distinct from the common fantasy race known as halflings. In Jack Vance's Lyonesse series of novels, "halfling" is a generic term for beings such as fairies, trolls and ogres, who are composed of both magical and earthly substances. A small forest elf (älva) rescuing an egg, from Solägget (1932), by Elsa Beskow An elf is a mythical creature of Germanic mythology and Germanic paganism which still survives in northern European folklore. ... Terry Brooks Terry Brooks (born January 8, 1944) is a writer of fantasy fiction. ... Shea Omsford is the main character of Terry Brooks novel, The Sword of Shannara. ... This article is about the fantasy series. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Half-elven (Elvish singular Peredhel, plural Peredhil), are the children of the union of Elves and Men. ... John Holbrook Vance (born August 28, 1916 in San Francisco, California) is generally described as an American fantasy and science fiction author, though Vance himself has reportedly objected to such labels. ... The Lyonesse Trilogy of fantasy novels by Jack Vance consists of three novels of approximately 350 pages each. ... by Sophie Anderson A fairy, or faery, is a creature from stories and mythology, often portrayed in art and literature as a minuscule humanoid with wings. ... Troll statue in the forest near Geilo, Norway A troll is a member of a fearsome humanoid race from Scandinavian folklore, and its predecessor Norse mythology, as in The Three Billy Goats Gruff [1], the well-known Scandinavian folk tale in which a troll living under a bridge torments some... This article is about the mythical creature. ...

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Dungeons & Dragons

A halfling female from the game Dungeons and Dragons Online, shown next to a human female for comparison
A halfling female from the game Dungeons and Dragons Online, shown next to a human female for comparison

Halflings have long been one of the playable humanoid races in D&D. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 402 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (480 × 715 pixel, file size: 376 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A halfling female from the game Dungeons and Dragons Online, shown next to a human female for comparison This is a screenshot of... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 402 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (480 × 715 pixel, file size: 376 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A halfling female from the game Dungeons and Dragons Online, shown next to a human female for comparison This is a screenshot of... ... In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, humanoid is a type of creature, or creature type. Humanoids are any creature shaped generally like a human (two arms, two legs, one head, or a humanlike torso, arms, and head), of Small or Medium size, with few or no supernatural or...


In early editions of Dungeons & Dragons, there was a race of demi-humans known as hobbits that were very much like those found in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien estate did not appreciate the resemblance and threatened legal action against TSR, the makers of Dungeons & Dragons. TSR renamed the folk halflings, another word coined by Tolkien for the race, but not as commonly used in the books. The Hobbit is a childrens story written by J. R. R. Tolkien in the tradition of the fairy tale. ... The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ... TSR was a company formed as Tactical Studies Rules in 1972 by Gary Gygax and Don Kaye (and others later) to publish the rule set for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ...


Early Dungeons & Dragons halflings also seemed nearly identical to Tolkien's hobbits: They lived quiet lives in their homes away from adventure and, despite being well suited for the task of thievery, they seemingly would not accept a life of larceny. A very similar race, kender, appeared in the Dragonlance campaign that had a lifestyle much more suited to the thieves that most halfing player characters became. The game's Third Edition altered the halfling lifestyle to become more in line with how players played the race: They became troublesome opportunists, nomadic wanderers, and seekers of wealth. In the United States, larceny is a common law crime involving stealing. ... The Kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot on the right Kender are a fictional race unique to the Dragonlance world, a setting of the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game, most popularized by a large series of novels which take place there. ... The current edition Dragonlance logo, as seen on all books published in the more recent times. ... A player character or playable character (PC) is a fictional character in a game who is controlled or controllable by the player. ...


Subraces

Halflings in Dungeons & Dragons have been further divided into various subraces:

  • Hairfoot halflings were the standard, "common" subrace of halflings in the game's earlier editions. Clearly derived from Tolkien's Harfoots, they most clearly resembled Middle-earth's hobbits, being a good-natured race of homebodies with fur-covered feet. With the advent of the game's Third Edition, they were replaced by lightfoot halflings.
  • Tallfellow halflings were based on Tolkien's Fallohides. They are taller than hairfoot or lightfoot halflings, with lighter hair and skin tone, and prefer to build their homes in woodlands. They have survived the change to Third Edition more or less intact.
  • Stout halflings were based on Tolkien's Stoors. Shorter but broader than hairfoot halflings, stouts make good craftsmen. In Third Edition they were renamed as deep halflings but have otherwise remained unchanged.
  • Furchin, or polar halflings, are the rarest of the subraces. They live in arctic regions and can grow facial hair. Some media, including the Age of Wonders game series, refer to them as frostlings. In the game series Age of Wonders halflings are a good alignment whilst frostlings are a neutral alignment.
  • Lightfoot halflings are the standard halfling subrace of Third Edition. They are more removed from Tolkien's halflings, being athletic and ambitious opportunists, although they retain their love of comfort and family. They differ visually from the stereotypical depiction of halfings; rather than having the thicker proportions normally associated with halfings or hobbits, they are slender and graceful in appearance, resembling a human gymnast in miniature.

In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Harfoots are one of the three races of Hobbits. ... A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Fallohides are one of the three races of Hobbits. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Stoors are one of the three races of Hobbits. ... Age of Wonders is a turn-based strategy PC-game often likened to Master of Magic. ... Age of Wonders is a turn-based strategy PC-game often likened to Master of Magic. ...

Campaign Settings

  • The Forgotten Realms campaign setting has done away with both tallfellows and stouts, replacing them with two completely original subraces.
    • One, the strongheart halflings, are a semi-nomadic people who move from town to town within their nation in the south of Faerûn. They are more martially-inclined than other halflings.
    • The other new subrace is the ghostwise halfling, who parted with their braveheart cousins after a war between the two kindreds. Ghostwise are savage and insular, rarely leaving their woodland homes, and have developed the ability to speak directly from mind-to-mind, without words.
  • The Dragonlance campaign set has a completely different race that fills the niche usually held by halflings, known as kender. They are completely immune to fear, even if magically generated. Also they have a very 'communal' outlook on property ownership. They are known to wander off while still holding, looking at, or even after pocketing an item that catches their fancy. They do not consider this stealing, but rather borrowing the item. Kender have a tendency to discard items for what they deem more valuable (what catches their eye more), at the time of acquiring a new item if they need more space in their pouches.
  • In Eberron, the most recently introduced D&D campaign world from 2004, halflings are even more removed from the Tolkien versions. In this world, halflings are a wilderness-loving barbarian race that uses domesticated dinosaurs as mounts. Although they are nomadic and clannish and thus viewed as barbarians by other races, these halflings are still adept at fitting in with civilized peoples when they leave their prairie homes. Some halflings give up their nomadic lifestyle to settle in human cities, but retain strong ties to their heritage.
  • In the Dark Sun setting, halflings are the first race to appear. Most of them became barbaric cannibals, while a handful of them inhabited the Pristine Tower.

The Forgotten Realms third edition logo. ... Faerûn is a fictional subcontinent, the primary setting of the Dungeons & Dragons world of Forgotten Realms. ... The current edition Dragonlance logo, as seen on all books published in the more recent times. ... The Kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot on the right Kender are a fictional race unique to the Dragonlance world, a setting of the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game, most popularized by a large series of novels which take place there. ... Primitive communism, according to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, is the original society of humanity. ... The Eberron logo Eberron is a campaign setting created by author and game designer Keith Baker for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ... Orders Saurischia    Sauropodomorpha    Theropoda Ornithischia Dinosaurs are giant reptiles that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for most of their 165-million year existence. ... Dark Sun is a discontinued Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting featuring the fictional desert world of Athas. ...

Halflings in other games

  • In The Magic Candle computer game series, halflings are portrayed as friendly, peaceful people, who are skilled in crafts (particularly sewing in the second and third games), as well as negotiation. They also possess lockpicking skills, and are agile and quick in battle, but tend to have low close combat skills, although they are second only to the elves in archery.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Battles has a Halfling race too. They live in a part of The Empire called The Moot. The Moot is located in the province of Stirland. Halflings are known for their thievery and love for food. The Elder of The Moot has a vote, just like the Elector Counts.
  • In Vanguard SOH, Halflings are a thestran race based out of Rindol Field with the ability to become many classes, from the warrior to the druid. They are about 60% of a human's height, and are the second shortest race in the game (gnomes).

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