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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]

[edit] 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]


  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. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
  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)."