Tales of the Northern March
Halflings tell no stories of their origins. To their thinking, they have always been here, working the land and tending to their families. They do not believe in beginnings or endings, but in cycles. Other races posit that halflings sprung from the earth for there is no fertile place in the world where you will not find them.
They have no kings or nobility, generally deferring to the local priestess on important matters. They bury their dead and offer deference foremost to Sif, goddess of agriculture and domesticity. Halflings do not marry. Households are presided over by women and men live with their sisters, helping to raise and protect their nieces and nephews.
Halfling names are Welsh (Colwyn, Enid, Rees, Tegan). They name their houses and boats, using these as their surnames (Deepburrow, Searider, Safehome).
Lightfoot halflings are descended from those halflings forced from their homes by humans or other races. They are nomadic, either living as herders or plying the waterways as traders and fishermen. Those who tend animals move between shielings, semi-permanent settlements established at summer and winter pastures. Many hold a firm dislike of other races and have no compunction against swindling them, giving lightfoots a bad reputation.
Stout halflings live in farming communities and generally have a good relationship with the neighboring races.