Harfoots are one of the three breeds of Hobbits. The Harfoots were the most common and typical of the kinds.
They were shorter and smaller than the other breeds, browner of skin, had no beards, and did not wear any footwear. They lived in holes they called smials, a habit which they long preserved.
The Harfoots liked highlands and hillsides, and were accustomed to living underground longer. They were also on very friendly terms with the Dwarves, who travelled through the High Pass on the Great Road.
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 as far as Weathertop. By the 1300s of the Third Age they had reached Bree, which long was the most western village of any Hobbits.
The ord is supposed to represent archaic English hǣr-fōt > herfoot > harfoot.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 759