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Jun 14, 10:17pm

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Sports & Games in Middle-earth

From The Hobbit, Chapter VIII "Flies and Spiders":

As a boy [Bilbo] used to practise throwing stones at things, until rabbits and squirrels, and even birds, got out of his way as quick as lightning if they saw him stoop; and even grownup he had still spent a deal of his time at quoits, dart-throwing, shooting at the wand, bowls, ninepins and other quiet games of the aiming and throwing sort - indeed he could do lots of things, besides blowing smoke-rings, asking riddles and cooking, that I haven't had time to tell you about.

Of course we also have a couple of references to footballs (soccer balls). And it seems that Hobbits played a game very similar to golf (if our narrator hasn't been funning with us and they hadn't actually invented the sport).

We can guess that in Lake-town archery competitions, boating and boat races, and swimming contests were all popular activities.

From Unfinished Tales we get a bit about Númenórean sports. We might assume that these activities were also practiced in Arnor and Gondor:

Axes and spears and bows they had, and shooting with bows on foot and on horseback was a chief sport and pastime of the Númenóreans... Beyond all other pursuits the strong men of Númenor took delight in the Sea, in swimming, in diving, or in small craft for contests of speed in rowing or sailing.

And in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the boy Bergil challenges Pippin to a wrestling match. Pippin declines, but admits to being proficient in the sport.


(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Jun 14, 10:21pm)

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