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Springle-ring

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The Springle-ring was a dance of the Shire-hobbits. It was described as "a pretty dance, but rather vigorous" where dancers leaped up often.[1]

At the Bilbo's Farewell Party the dance was performed by Everard Took and Melilot Brandybuck.[1] The dance is also mentioned in the Bucklandish poem Bombadil Goes Boating, witnessed by the daughters of Farmer Maggot.[2]

Etymology

The word springle has several meanings in English, however Tolkien commented that the name is made-up, ought to evoke the style of the dance.[3]

Robert Foster gives the erroneous translation "war-horse ring".[4][5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Bombadil Goes Boating"
  3. Template:RC
  4. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 363
  5. Cf. Forum discussion: "...although where this information proceeds from is not given ('springle' does not seem to be a synonym for 'war-horse' in any online dictionary)."