Posted by: Billy Marsh | April 20, 2008

The Origin of Golf

Kim and I have started reading little bits at a time of The Hobbit together from my collector’s edition version of the book at night. I had completely forgotten about this passage which occurs early on when the Dwarves storm into Bilbo’s house. When Kim read it, and I started laughing and couldn’t stop.

If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you will realize that this was only poetical exaggeration applied to any hobbit, even to Old Took’s great-grand-unle Bullroarer, who was so huge (for a hobbit) that he could ride a horse. He charged the ranks of goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf invented at the same moment (17-18).


  1. That’s too funny! It’s true Kim, didn’t you know that? You are a school teacher! Reminds me of golf I played here in the mountains on Friday. One of the guy’s hit a cow with his golf ball!

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