The Helmondsshire Hobbits are
the largest hobbit tribe dwelling in
Santharia, and one of the oldest as
well. They dwell in the Silvermarshes, and because of this are sometimes called
hobbits of the Silver Shire. The
Silvermarshes lie just northeast of the
Thaelon Forest, close to Nyermersys.
The Helmondsshire Hobbits are known for being very proud of their history,
especially concerning SW III.
The shire is named Helmondsshire after Gerenu Helmond, who helped to rebuild the shire after the devastation during the Ancyros War. The shire’s original name was Hobbitshire, and was founded by Harfuld the Green. However, after the shire was almost completely destroyed in the Dragonstorm, the shire was called “New Hobbitshire”.
Picture description. A Helmondsshire clockmaker checking his pocket watch. Picture by Eshóh K'ryvvlen.
These hobbits are more diverse than
some, as they have lived in close contact with different kinds of
elves, and even dwarves, and the
blood of all these races still resides in small amounts in many
hobbits, though now many of the really
distinguishing features of other races have been washed away in the
halfling blood. Their appearance,
however, is still very varied.
Many of the hobbits are a bit taller than they were originally, averaging between 1 and 1.2 peds. Those with more pure hobbit blood maintain an average 1 ped, on most occasions. They are typically more lightweight than most hobbits, though, averaging 50 to 60 ods. Their hair color varies between a light blonde to a medium brown and everything in between, including reds and oranges, and often is curly. Their feet tend to be a darker coloring than their hair, and the hair itself is more coarse.
Females are usually a little shorter then males, and often weigh a little more. After all, most females need more fat for child bearing, and given that most females give birth to between 4 and 5 children, it's well needed.
Coat of Arms/Sign. The Helmondsshire Hobbits have one of the oldest symbols, dating back to the Age of Myths. The shield is round, reflecting peace, and inside is a single vine with gentle green leaves. This coat of arms is centered on their love of gardening and the earth. They are, of course, “Green-People”.
The coat of arms was re-done after the destruction of the shire after the War for Ancyros, but retains the circular shape, but instead of a vine, the symbol of two green leaves. Almost all of the other hobbit coat of arms use the leaves in their symbol.
Picture description: The location of the Silvermarshes, home of the Helmondsshire Halflings. Map by Artimidor Federkiel.
The Helmondsshire Hobbits live in the Silvermarshes, which are just north-east
of the Thaelon Forest. They are the
farthest tribe of halflings to the
north, being located right near
Nyermersys. This has brought about more danger to the tribe, and often
forced the hobbits into involvement.
The shire itself is split up into four sub-shires, named North, South, East,
and West Helmond. There are no real borders or barriers between the sub-shires,
but they are split up to help in organization. Also, each sub-shire is run by
its own thain, or mayor.
People. The halflings of Helmondsshire are a very welcoming people who, though not always eager to jump into war, will happily accept strangers into their shire. They are often happy to welcome any person, be they dwarf, elf or human, with good intentions. They have been known to involve themselves in war in times of need. Sometimes they are a bit careful around people who act queer, and can be untrusting of men at times. However, visitors who visit often tend to be more welcomed than those who don’t, but on average these hobbits are very welcoming.
Helmondsshire Halflings are also known for being rather proud of their history, both for their bravery and compassion. During the Ancyros War, they were massacred for showing mercy to the enemy, and though the shire was almost completely destroyed because of it, they believe that the actions show their big hearts, and it is something they are proud of. They also have a lot of pride in the team of halfling lancers that fought in SW III, especially given that all the lancers were volunteers.
These halflings, like most, have an infinite love of the earth and of growing things. Gardening is one of their favorite hobbies, and all hobbits have gardens, if not farms. They are not the best gardeners, but out of all hobbit tribes, they are the most versatile, and have the most trading connections, especially with the merchants of Nyermersys. They typically work with things of the earth, and are known for making things from metals and even stone, if they can get their hands on some. However, their greatest export are fresh fruits and vegetables.
The men and woman are often treated a bit differently as the women are believed to have responsibilities in the home. It is not necessarily a prejudice against them, but simply what is commonly done. Women often have responsibilities taking care of the many children that they have and helping to clean the house. While cooking is conducted by the wife, the children (both boys and girls) are taught at a very young age to cook and will commonly help their mother.
Housing. Helmondsshire Hobbits live in homes dug into the hills and earth. Some of the hobbit holes of the Silvermarshes are the oldest in Caelereth. These hobbit holes are especially large, and are usually built with stone, ensuring that they survived both the Dragonstorm and the massacre during the War for Ancyros. They tend to be very large homes, smials, if you will. Most hobbit holes in modern times use very little stone, as there is not as much of it left in the area, and are instead built with wood. All of the homes of halflings have round doors and windows, and are usually only large enough to fit hobbits.
The Helmondsshire's city layout is somewhat similar to that of the humans in their region but much more scattered, not in regular rows like the humans, fitting into the nature's design. The Silvermarsh region contains just a few hobbit villages, where the hobbits mainly stay with themselves. Travellers are welcomed, though too many people passing through hobbit territory is something the halflings frown upon.
Clothing. The clothing of these halflings is not often varied, save in the differences of the seasons. In spring and summer, lighter clothing is used. Men typically wear a white, short-sleeves shirt and a thin leather vest, though some boys and young men will simply wear a vest, although they would never be allowed to wear such in public. If they need to dress nice, they will wear loose white long-sleeved shirts with cuffs and a nice, leather vests. In winter the clothing is far heavier, and sweaters are very popular. Shorts are worn in warmer months, as well as pants that end near the knee. In winter, pants are almost always worn in winter.
Women almost always wear dresses made of simple design, usually with V-necks and pockets. They come in earthy colors, usually, including greens, tanned browns, and even earthy faded reds. Most women wear aprons that have pockets and help to keep their dresses clean. In summer these dresses are very light and thin, while winter dresses are usually made of wool or have dresses of leather with soft fur on the inside. Nice dresses will sometimes have embroidery or are made with flower patterns.
Diet. Like most hobbits, those of Helmondsshire have a main diet of fruits and vegetables. They grow fresh crops in their farms and gardens, and enjoy things that come from the earth, including carroots and lythbells. They also eat bread, which is usually homemade and freshly made each day. They will collect fruits and make them into preservatives for desserts. While they do eat meats, it is not their main diet. Of the meats they eat, taenish and lamb are perhaps the most common. These are both domesticated animals and are often kept by hobbit families.
Beer and alcohol are very popular drinks among hobbits of course, and many hobbits go through a lot of effort and put forth a great deal of energy to make the best alcohol on the shire. They will sometimes have competitions, usually sponsored by a certain tavern. Those who make the best beer are held in high respect, and also tend to be rather wealthy.
Weapons. Hobbits, being a rather peaceful tribe, do no longer manufacture weapons. Very few weapons thus exist within the shire, and those that do are fairly antiquated, being from SW III. Those weapons that remain include mainly a great deal of spears and lances, as well as a few short swords, build especially for small hobbits. Such weapons are fairly rusted and in some cases damaged, as they are over 1800 years old.
Daggers and knives are popular, but not as weapons. Instead, they are commonly used as cooking utensils. However, they are sharp and can be used as weapons if need be. They also have a fair amount of gardening tools which could be used for self-defense, if need be.
Occupations. All hobbits over 33 typically work, even if it's just pulling someone’s weeds or trimming their hedge. The following occupations are some of the more popular.
Bakers are a rather popular profession. Both sexes can be bakers and often are, and it is not uncommon for a hobbit and his wife to run a bakery together, along with their children. They typically get their wheat from farmers and fix it themselves to create all sort of things, not just bread. They will also make sweets like cobbler and pie, and are always come up with new delectable creations.
Farmers are one of the most common occupations for hobbits, and they are commonly owned by large families, all of whose members help to plant, maintain, and harvest. Typically one family will have a large share of land that is split up into three sections. While two of the sections are used to grow things like wheat and corn, the other lays fallow, giving the field a time replenish nutrients and moisture. The fields switch crops every year.
Gardeners are a common occupation for both sexes, as both very much enjoy planting and tending a bit of earth. Some of the busier hobbits still have such a love of the earth that they will hire someone to tend their gardens to make sure their plants are happy and their earth, full of life. Children are fond of growing things as much of their parents, and will often have a little plot of earth where they can grow whatever they like.
Merchants are not necessarily a common job, but are perfect for more adventurous hobbits who wish to journey to other towns, especially to Nyermersys, to sell things their wood and metal smiths make. Very few hobbits got no farther than Nyermersys, mainly because the trip may take weeks, and also because most hobbits are often reluctant to visit much farther than that.
Wood and metal smiths make all sorts of things including gardening tools and even jewelry. Wood smiths do tables, chairs, desks, and all sorts of other carpentry works, while metal smiths are more used to making utensils, knives, rings, and necklaces. Sometimes wood and metal smiths will work together to make tools like spades and rakes. While one will make the metal part, the other will make the handle.
The shire, like most shires, was once ruled by a thain. However, because of the
increase in population, the shire has been forced to expand, and the number of
thains has increased. There are now four thains that rule over four different
sections of the Shire (called North, South, West, and East Helmond). Each
sub-shire has its own group of guard
hobbits, who patrol the shire and make sure all things are peaceful. Their
aren’t very many of them, as crime is extremely low in the shires, and what
crime there tends to be the joking of some young
Thains are usually replaced every ten years. They are chosen by vote, and because most hobbits are unwilling to vote, the term of office for thains is quite long. Only male hobbits are allowed to run for thain, and those under the age of 33 are not allowed to run, but the youngest thain to ever be voted in was 50.
|Image description. The Farseer Device ("Nearscope"), a device invented either by gnomes or dwarves, and often fabricated by hobbits. Drawn by Seeker.|
The hobbits are and always have been
very self-servant. They don’t commonly have relations with other tribes, save
the Erpheronians of
Aellenrhim elves of the
Bolder will stop by and do trades,
and even some of the other nearby tribes will come for trading if things for
gardening are greatly needed, or some strange
hobbit-jewelry is wanted, However, of
the most part, many don’t take interest in the products of
Very close neighbors, those within only a few minutes or hours, will sometimes stop by to buy fresh bread and vegetables. The hobbits are known for their delicious fruits and vegetables, and their bread, which is baked fresh everyday. Their cooking, like most hobbits', is known for being wonderful, and restaurants and taverns are popular among those in the area. Some travelers and wanderers will intentionally make their plans so that they pass through their shire just for the food.
Natural Resources. The hobbits of the Silvershire are blessed with fertile lands through which they can make farms and tend to crops that grow easily in the moist soil. Much of the shire, though originally founded in a marsh, has been made to be more livable. The gardens and farms of these hobbits grow a plethora of delicious vegetables and fruits, which grow fat and plump in the fertile earth under the warm and gentle sun. However, many stones and rocks of the shire have since been made into housing. Metals are also hard to find.
Holidays, Festivals and Observances. Hobbits have festivals two to three times a year, sometimes more often then that. At least one of the celebrations is for one of the Aviaría (Gods). The others are for either one of their own deities or else for an important figure in their history. All festivals have a lot of fresh food and a lot of alcohol. Often times games, bands, and dances are set up for entertainment, and will last long into the night. Some of the most celebrated festivals are named below:
Harfuld Day (Day 14,
Month of the Changing Winds)
This is the date that it was believed Harfuld the Green founded the first shire of the Silvermarshes as Hobbitshire. Thus, this date is called “Harfuld Day”, celebrating the first settlement of the hobbits of southern Sarvonia. Most of the time people wear a lot of green and place all sorts of games. Music and dancing is very popular.
Day (Day 3, Month of the Burning
After the destruction of New Hobbitshire by the Erpheronian army in 822 b.S., Generu Helmond came forward and helped to rebuild the destruction. The day is believed to be the day the rebuilding began, and first started to become Helmondsshire. Typically the cooks who prepare the food will put it into the shapes of hobbit holes and rooms with furniture. There is often a lot of drinking as well.
Day (Day 20, Month of the Dead
This is the day that Boe Starlinggale signed up for the halfling lancers as a volunteer and bravely led them into the war against the orcs and dark elves that invaded from the north. Although in the Battle of Four Swords, in which he fought, ended in failure and he was forced to flee to Denilou along with dwarves, elves, and men, he helped to start a halfling settlement on the island. This day is thus one where many halflings gather together to help the community in the same way Starlinggale helped the hobbit community by his volunteering. Music is played and much dancing is done. People cook meals and give them to one another.