Unlike gnomes and dwarves whom they have best relations with, halflings don't have any traditional dominion ruled and inhabited exclusively by them. Instead, they live in human countries of Northern Kingdoms, despite the prejudice, and Nilfgaardian Empire.
All halflings are chubby and rather short, standing between two and four feet tall, and their big feet are covered with curly hair up to shins. Because of this, they do not usually wear any shoes. Their hair varies from a chestnut brown to blonde or red even and is said to be as curly as ram's fleece.
Generally speaking, halflings are a peaceful and calm rustic folk, more interested in the comforts of home than adventures and warfare. They deal mainly with agriculture and as such are mostly farmers, stockbreeders and merchants. Their large farms, like Hirundum near Gors Velen in Temeria, often provide food not only for local halflings but also for the entire surrounding region. Indeed, their passion for food and drinks is well known and their cuisine includes delicacies like a roast goose in pear sauce.
It would seem that they are an easy prey for various thugs or slave hunters but nothing could be further from the truth. When a need arises, halflings show their exceptional agility, incredible speed and talent at throwing all sorts of missiles unerringly. Some halflings joined the Scoia'tael guerrilla bands during the Northern Wars.
Notable halflings Edit
For a full list of halflings, see Category:Halflings.
Of halfling origin or mistaken for a halfling Edit
- They are almost entirely based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbits. This is made obvious by Andrzej Sapkowski actually using the collocation "hobbit girls" twice in The Lady of the Lake. They, or similar races like Kenders, often appear in a fantasy genre.
- In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the random lines said by halflings is "Don't dare call me Bagginson!". This is a funny allusion to Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.