Towards the end of the trailer, we briefly see Harfoot Largo Brandyfoot. This character, played by actor Dylan Smith, hasn’t featured much in the footage to date. In this case, we don’t just see Largo. We hear him speak upliftingly and endearingly: “We remain true to each other, and our hearts are even bigger than our feet.”
Nice, right? Hobbits are known for their exceptional feet, so hard and hairy they don’t need shoes. In fact, in the prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring, these legs are described as follows: “They dressed in bright colors, especially yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, as their feet had hard leather soles and were covered in thick, curly hair, much like the hair on their heads, which was usually chestnut.”
This is a fun feature, but there is one inconsistency here. Tolkien does not say that halflings have large feet. They are hairy, yes. They are tough, of course. But they are not big. It would seem that by giving their Harfoots big feet, “Rings of Power” went and emulated the oversized Tooties of Peter Jackson’s Hobbits. The show has no direct rights to connect the two stories, but the visual parallel is definitely striking. Hey, if the shoes fit, right? Or, in this case, if it isn’t.