Miffits, bakru, warrows, and hobbits all share a common ancestry, and in spite of the commonality they have slight differences, build, amount of hair, color of eyes, and the like. However, all are halflings—small of stature but most often large of heart.
In the first two books in the Accidental Heroes series the “accidental hero” is a miffit named Torin Huffeltree, or Tor. My youngest son was so enthralled with the story that he named his youngest son Torin. He too goes by Tor. However, he is not the halfling Torin Huffeltree is. No, he is quite the strapping young man, and a writer in his own right. He has written a children’s story called The New Home, an e-book available at Amazon.
The first book in the Accidental Heroes series is The Helot, a helot being a servant. The Helot introduces Tor to unsought adventures, and his adventures encapsulate life lessons. I would encourage every young adult to read The Helot with themes that range from selfless service to dealing with sexual temptation. It is both entertaining and powerful, and leads into my latest book, Dark Danger, book two in the series, that leads into dark places!
In Dark Danger Tor, at odds with friend as well as foe, is drawn into dark places of peril. The Tarnished Seraph is determined to destroy him because he is Baruch’s helot. In destroying Baruch’s servant he strikes a blow against Baruch himself. Dark Danger takes Tor first to Nedra Deep where the Lord of Gloom awaits him, and eventually to the dark labyrinth of Terromia Deep where the Tarnished Seraph plots and broods. Dark danger in deep dark places!
Baruch, pronounced Bear’-ruke, is my Christ-figure story name. I had one pre-reader mistake Tor for a Christ-figure. No, he is a selfless servant, though he sometimes struggles with self. We are all to be selfless, like Christ, but as much as we may conform to His image, still this side of glory we struggle with self.