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Races
Especially associated with Dwarves and Hobbits, due to their smaller stature
Species
Any of several smaller varieties of the horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Meaning
Derived from archaic French poulenet, 'little foal', probably ultimately from Latin pullus, 'young animal'1

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  • Updated 29 July 2013
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Ponies

Short, stocky pack animals

Common beasts of burden in Middle-earth, especially used by Hobbits and Dwarves, whose small stature made the riding of horses difficult.


Notes

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The connection with foals and other young animals is merely due to the size of a pony, which will remain smaller than a full-sized horse even into adulthood.

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