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Stewed Rabbit by John Howe
"Do you remember that bit of rabbit, Mr. Frodo?"
Sam Gamgee in The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"

Rabbits were long-eared, furry animals, also called 'coneys'. 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.[1]

[edit] Etymology

In a linguistic manuscript dating from the 1930s, appears the Quenya gloss lopo ("rabbit").[2] In earlier Qenya, it was lapatte.[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

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 appaled at Gollum's manners, suggesting 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.
Rhosgobel rabbits
"Rhosgobel Rabbits" in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Radagast drives a sled pulled by large rabbits, referred to as the "Rhosgobel Rabbits".[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenya Noun Structure", in Parma Eldalamberon XXI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Patrick H. Wynne and Arden R. Smith), pp. 8, 31
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 51
  4. "Radagast's Racing Rhosgobel Rabbits: A Recreational Musher Looks at the Realities of Bunny Sledding" dated 3 January 2013, (accessed 11 March 2013)