I realized early on in my gaming career that not everyone though halflings were a cool race to play in D&D. And indeed, as I began to re-read my Lord of the Rings at the age of 15 I realized that while Merry and Pippin were pretty formidable at the end of the trilogy -- they weren't anywhere near that butch throughout most of the trilogy.
So where'd I get this idea about halflings being a hard core combat fighting race?
Hm. How to make the halflings hard core combat machines that I remember?