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perian (lit. "Halfling"), plural periain and collective plural Periannath, is the Sindarin name for Hobbits.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing", p. 859 (50th Anniv. Ed.): "[...] a hobbit, a perian [...]")
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 75 ("Periannath, 'the Hobbits (as a race),' as collective pl. of perian 'halfling' (pl. periain)"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 230, (dated 8 June 1961), p. 308
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants", p. 1114 (50th Anniv. Ed.)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 66