For questions about halflings or hobbits, a fictional race that appears in a number of tabletop role-playing games (including D&D). The term "halfling" is an alternative name for J. R. R. Tolkien's hobbit; in RPGs, the term was first adopted in later printings of the OD&D boxed set to avoid legal issues with the Tolkien estate. Halflings are traditionally depicted as a friendly humanoid race, very similar to humans but only half their size.

For questions about halflings or hobbits, a fictional race that appears in a number of tabletop role-playing games (including and related RPGs).

The term "halfling" is an alternative name for J. R. R. Tolkien's hobbit; in RPGs, the term was first adopted in later printings of the box set to avoid legal issues with the Tolkien estate. For more information about the history of the term, see this Q&A: Why aren't Halflings Hobbits?

Halflings are traditionally depicted as a friendly humanoid race, very similar to humans but only half their size. However, their lore and characterization may vary substantially between different campaign settings and editions of a game.


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