Of all the peoples of the Realm the Hobbits are probably the least fleshed out. Whereas Elves and Humans played a major role in the story I played out with my friend, Orks, Dwarves played important supporting roles and even Goblins were pretty much omnipresent, Hobbits mostly just, existed. They obviously were there, or they wouldn’t have any presence on the map, but I can’t recall any Hobbit actually appearing in the story. So with little else to go by but the portrayal I knew from Forgotten Realms games and the Tolkien-verse, I decided to implement just those portrayals in the Hobbits of the Realm. A classic but, I think, fairly solid approach.
You’ll notice I went with the name Hobbit instead of Halfling. The latter is certainly the term most commonly used in classic/medieval fantasy settings, probably anywhere outside of Tolkien’s work (not unlikely because of copyright issues with the Tolkien estate), a few exceptions aside. I’m not very fond of the term Halfling myself, though and have almost always used Hobbits instead. It just sounds more like an actual name of a people, rather than a term used to describe a people compared to another people. Of course ‘Hobbit’ is not a name I can use if I ever want to publish anything Realm-related, but we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.
The pictures I found, finally, I really like. This was definitely the shortest picture search for Peoples of the Realm so far! ‘My’ Hobbits have somewhat hairier feet than those portrayed here, but other than that I think the pictures work really well. ^_^ Sources, as always, can be found at the end.
Peoples of the Realm
5. The Hobbits
One of the least numerous and widespread peoples of the Realm, the Hobbits only live near the centre of the Northernmost Island, where they make their home in a small area surrounded by the territory of most other peoples of the island.
A bipedal mammalian species Hobbits stand on average between 1 and 1.10 meters and weigh 20 to 30 kg, making them among the smallest peoples in the Realm. Having a varying but generally average physique, neither very slim nor particularly bulky, they are the weakest of the five Northern anthropomorphic peoples in a physical sense. They possess less physical strength, endurance and stamina than all others and are only faster than Dwarves. However, Hobbits are incredibly nimble, only surpassed in agility by the Elves. Combined with their small stature, their keen sight and hearing, and their ability to move quietly, this makes few as elusive and capable of evading danger as they are. Hobbits have lightly pointed ears and hairy feet with tough, almost leathery soles. Because of this they generally don’t have to use footwear like many other peoples.
Most Hobbits have either fair or somewhat pale skin, though a few, usually those who leave the comforts of their homes more, can be lightly tanned. Eye colour is quite diverse and can be any of the various shades of grey, blue, green, brown, though very dark or very light shades are less common. Hair colour too varies and can be anywhere from various shades of brown, blonde and sometimes red. Black hair among Hobbits is very rare, but does exist. Hobbits have both body and facial hair, but both are often lighter, shorter and less thick than with the other Northern anthropomorphic peoples.
Hobbits have a lifespan slightly longer than that of Humans, usually living up to 120 years, but cases of up to 150 years have been witnessed. Because they are prone to avoid danger most Hobbits live out their natural lives.
Few in number, Hobbits are one of the few peoples who are not divided into different groups, neither physically nor culturally, and form a single tight-knight and rather harmonious community. Most differences that do exist are between individuals with varying upbringings, mindsets or personalities.