>Bows take alot of effort - perhaps crossbows would suit the lazy race
A race of farmers and gardeners is certainly anything but lazy. They just know to concentrate on the REAL important things of life. And while pheasant hunting with crossbows makes sense, I simply cannot imagine halflings with crossbows. For me they do not connect. Slings and bows somehow feel more righteous.
>HOBBITS! Drop this 'Halfling' rubbish.
Sorry, but "Hobbit" is a term that for the next couple of years (some 33) will belong to the various companies that administer the copyrights of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially his son Christopher who is very touchy about this world being filled with imaginery that are alien to his fathers ideas and then GW and Mithril who have the right to produce miniatures specifically on this background. While using the term in a debate on Tolkiens world is no problem, the creation of a plastic set that specifically uses Tolkiens Hobbits as background is bound to be ended by lawyers.
So I prefer to keep this debate focussed on ageneric race of shorter humans who are mainly farmers. Just to make it clear why I used this specific term.