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What are Harfoots in The Rings of Power and are they similar to Hobbits?

September 2, 2022

The first episodes of The Rings of Power introduce viewers to a host of new characters and locations from the annals of Middle-earth history, as well as new faces created specifically for the series itself.

One of the most notable groups introduced in the first chapter are the Harfoots, a cheerful band of little halflings with an affinity for nature.

But what exactly are the Harfoots in The Rings of Power and are they similar to the Hobbits we know from The Lord of the Rings?

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What are the Harfoots in The Rings of Power?

Harfoots are a race of small, human-like creatures with noticeably large feet and pointy ears.

In The Rings of Power, we meet a small clan of them living in the Rhovanion region of northeast Middle-earth.

Led by Lenny Henry’s curious Sadoc Burrows, the Harfoots have a close relationship with nature and steer clear of humans and elves, whom they refer to as “Big Folk”.

But while many adult Harfoots are wary of the dangers of the whole world, the main Harfoot we meet, Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot has a burning desire to explore.

Markella Kavenagh as ElanorThe Rings of Power © Prime Video | Ben Rothstein

Are Harfoots like Hobbits?

Not only are Harfoots very similar to Hobbits, but they are Hobbits, one of three types to be exact.

In addition to Harfoots, the Hobbit race also includes Stoors and Fallohides, both of which share notable differences.

In Tolkien’s lore, Harfoots were the most common variety of Hobbit and generally had darker skin than their fellow Hobbits. They were skilled workers with their hands and feet and generally preferred to settle on hillsides and uplands.

The Stoors, on the other hand, lived mostly on flat ground and near water. They were generally broader than other Hobbits and had even larger hands and feet than their relatives. Before transforming into Gollum, Smèagol was once a Stoor.

The Fallohides were the rarest Hobbit variety and usually lived in wooded areas. They had lighter skin and hair and were the tallest of the three Hobbit types.

While most Hobbits began their existence in and around Rhovanion, as we see in The Rings of Power, the majority of species began to migrate west as Sauron’s power increased in Morder, and many eventually settled in the Shire.

Thusitha Jayasundera, Lenny Henry (Sadoc Burrows), Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot) stare at something in the distance in The Rings of PowerRings of power © Prime Video

What kind of Hobbit are Bilbo and Frodo?

Over the course of Middle-earth’s history, the different Hobbit types began to dilute somewhat as they intermarried between groups after migrating to the Shire.

However, it is confirmed that Bilbo Baggins is half Took thanks to his mother, Belladonna, and that the Took were mostly Fallohid, which gave Bilbo his adventurous and mischievous side.

Frodo’s mother, on the other hand, was of the Brandybuck family, who are largely Stoor Hobbits with a Fallohide strain.

But since Frodo was taller and more adventurous than other Hobbits of his age, it is likely that his Fallohide genes were more dominant.

The Harfoots share a moment in The Rings of PowerThe Rings of Power © Prime Video | Ben Rothstein

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video after premiering on September 2, 2022.

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