If you are looking for halfling adventurer art, you have come to the right place. Take a look at the images below and learn a bit more about these creatures and their adventures.
What is a Halfling?
In the context of fantasy, A halfling is a term largely made popular by JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series in reference to a fictional race of creatures that are quite similar to humans but smaller. Specifically, they are not as tall as humans, in fact, they are about half the size, hence their name. And they are not as stocky as dwarves. Though you may not know the term “halfling,” it is likely that you know of them as hobbits. And although the term halfling in the context of fantasy can also refer to a mixed-race creature (with say, one parent as an elf and the other a human), in this article, I will be using halfling to refer to hobbits.
Hobbits Leaving the Shire
In this halfling adventurer art, we see perhaps Sam, Pippin, and Frodo leaving the Shire and journeying towards Brandywine River on their adventure. If you are familiar with Hobbits, you know that they love to eat. In fact, they eat many meals each day and they enjoy each and every one of them. This image depicts Pippin leaning against a tree attempting to convince his travel mates that they should stop for lunch. After the brave adventurers stop for lunch, Frodo recites Bilbo’s song for Sam and Pippin.
The Hobbit Alternate Ending
The next halfling adventurer art is quite different from the last. It shows a much darker and more frightening scene, and it is one that we must use our imaginations for a bit. This image shows an alternate ending to The Hobbit, and it is not a pleasant one. In this image, we see Tauriel in captivity by Blog. After Thorin is able to overcome his insanity, he and his company join in the battle and he sends Fili and Kili to explore the towers.
Unfortunately, Fili and Kili are both killed while trying to protect Thorin. This ending has a much more emotional ending than the real ending. As an audience, we are much more connected to these deaths. It is a powerful alternate ending that makes a beautiful piece of halfling adventurer art.
Frodo, Sting, and Shelob
This halfling adventurer art depicts an iconic and important scene for Frodo. In this image, we see Shelob behind Frodo, as well as Frodo’s sword. This sword has special powers that come in handy for Frodo in many different instances. It was crafted by elves, and it was passed down to Frodo from Bilbo Baggins. As we can see here, it is glowing blue, which is what happens when Orcs are nearby. Orcs fear the sword and they hate anyone who has it.
The image above occurs after Frodo sends Sam away. Frodo is unaware that Gollum led him to Shelob’s cave so that he could steal the ring from Frodo. Gollum knows Shelob would happily eat Frodo which would help him get the ring. Fortunately for Frodo, Sam returns and kills Shelob, allowing them to both escape and keep the ring in their possession.
Frodo with Ring
In this halfling adventurer art, we see yet another instance in which Sam is Frodo’s saving grace. The white mist in the image above is symbolic of Sam who carries Frodo to Mount Doom. If you are familiar with Lord of the Rings, then you know that Mount Doom is an important location. It is the location where Frodo is able to throw the ring and finally destroy it and be free of it for good. Along with the representation of Sam in this image, we also see the Eye of Sauron on the tower. The eye is always in search of the ring, and with Frodo only getting closer, it seems that the eye is on him at all times.
This image shows Frodo carrying a ring, though it is not quite the same ring that we have seen in film adaptations of this story. It is much larger and more visible, but it is meant to be symbolic of the great power that the ring holds. It is calling out to its master. We see Mount Doom in the background of this image, much like it is always present in Frodo’s mind as he embarks on his journey and makes decisions along the way.
Though this image is full of symbols and figurative images, we know that it is taking place after Aragorn has brought out his army to distract Sauron’s army. This allows Frodo to cross the valley with much greater ease. This image is a great representation of all of those who helped him on his journey to destroy the ring.
Hiding from the Nazgul
The final halfling adventurer art on our list does not picture a halfling at all, but it does have major significance for the halflings in the first image on our list. Shortly after Frodo recites his poem for Sam and Pippin, the man in this image learns Frodo’s location. The wraith pictured here is also called a black rider and is one of nine of Sauron’s servants.
Frodo and his gang of adventurers encounter him on the road. Though they are fearful and inexperienced, they are able to escape him by hiding as you can see here in the image. They encounter the Nazgul many other times on their journey, but they are able to evade him each time. The image above hints at how dark and evil the Nazgul look.
Hafling Adventurer Art: Conclusion
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