Rabbits

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Stewed Rabbit by John Howe

Do you remember that bit of rabbit, Mr. Frodo?

Rabbits were long-eared, furry animals, also called 'coneys'.

In T.A. 2747, the game of Golf was invented in the Battle of the Green Fields when Bandobras Took cut the head off the Goblin King Golfimbul and his head flew through the air and went down a rabbit hole.[1] After rescuing Thorin and Company the Eagles brought them rabbits to eat.[2]On 7 March T.A. 3019 in northern Ithilien, Samwise Gamgee asked Gollum to bring him some food. Gollum brought him two small rabbits which Sam proceeded to cook, to Gollum's intense displeasure.[3]

Etymology

In a linguistic manuscript dating from the 1930s, appears the Quenya gloss lopo ("rabbit").[4] In earlier Qenya, it was lapatte.[5]

Portrayal in adaptations

Rhosgobel rabbits
"Rhosgobel Rabbits" in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
"Rhosgobel Rabbits" in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

While they camp in Ithilien, Gollum brings Frodo and Sam some rabbits that he caught. Sam is appalled at Gollum's manners when he suggests they eat the rabbits raw. Sam concludes "There's only one way to eat a brace of connies..." and is later seen preparing their meat in a small kettle, as part of a stew. Gollum, in turn, vocally disapproves of cooked rabbit meat and cooked food in general.

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Radagast drives a sled pulled by large rabbits, referred to as "Rhosgobel Rabbits".[6]

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