The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power immerses viewers in the world of Middle-earth, JRR Tolkien’s fantasy realm, home to many fascinating creatures.
One of these beings that resides in Middle-earth during its Second Age, the time period in which the Prime Video show is based, are the Harfoots.
Living primarily in hiding from other creatures in the realm, the Harfoots have an intriguing connection to another group who are fans Lord of the Rings Trilogy will be familiar with: Hobbits.
How the Harfoots relate to the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Harfoots are a group that regularly wanders Middle-earth, moving their camp depending on the season or when their location could potentially be discovered or endanger them.
Harfoots live off the land and use the environment to build their homes and build their camp without deviating too far from set parameters.
in the the rings of power, The Harfoots are led by Sadoc Burrows (Sir Lenny Henry), and notable figures from the group include Elanor “Nori” Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) and Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards).
The Harfoots are one of three races of hobbits, the other two being the Stoors and Fallohides. The three later became known by the one name Hobbits.
in the The Fellowship of the Ring Tolkien writes about the origins of the Hobbits in the book’s prologue, stating that the Harfoots were “browner skinned, smaller and shorter”, preferring “uplands and hills” to their counterparts.
The Harfoots are said to have had a close relationship with the Dwarves and Tolkien also stated that they moved west earlier than the Stoors or Fallohides. The community is said to have relocated due to the proliferation of people and a “shadow” that fell over the forest that became known as Mirkwood.
Tolkien added that the Harfoots were the “most normal and representative kind” of hobbits, they were the largest group, and they also kept the tradition of living in holes and tunnels like hobbits Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were inclined to do.
Not all hobbits in there Lord of the Rings had Harfoots as ancestors. For example, the Took family was an ancestor of the Fallohides, one of which is Peregrin “Pippin” Took (played by Billy Boyd in Peter Jackson’s films).
The Hobbits settled in the Shire in the early years of the Third Age of Middle-earth, hence the Harfoots are here The Rings of Power don’t live in a place that fans will recognize yet.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power airs on Prime Video on Fridays.
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