I was just wondering how far is a league? in LOTR people are talking about distances in terms of 'leagues' all the time, but how many kilometres is that? I figured it was about 5 km, but I couldn't find it exactly.
From Merriam Webster's Dictionary:
1 : any of various units of distance from about 2.4 to 4.6 statute miles (3.9 to 7.4 kilometers)
2 : a square league
Where did you get it? And, while, we are on the subject maybe you know how long the 'fathom' is.Originally posted by Smeagol
1 League = 4828032 Millimeters
1 League = 482803.2 Centimeters
1 League = 190080 Inches
1 League = 48280.32 Decimeters
1 League = 15840 Feet
1 League = 5280 Yards
1 League = 4828.032 Meters
1 League = 960 Poles
1 League = 240 Chains
1 League = 24 Furlongs
1 League = 4.828032 Kilometers
1 League = 3 Statute Miles
1 League = 2.60526315789473684 Nautical Miles
1 League = 0.04341953447416941 Degrees
(emphasis added)Measures of distance are converted as nearly as possible into modern terms. "League" is used because it was the longest measurement of distance: in Númenórean reckoning (which was decimal) five thousand rangar (full paces) made a lár, which was very nearly three of our miles. Lár meant "pause," because except in forced marches a brief halt was usually made after this distance had been covered [see note 9 above]. The Númenórean ranga was slightly longer than our yard, approximately thirty-eight inches, owing to their great stature. Therefore five thousand rangar would be almost exactly the equivalent of 5280 yards, our "league:" 5277 yards, two feet and four inches, supposing the equivalence to be exact.
Originally posted by Smeagol
1 Fathom = 6 Feet = 1.8288 Meters of water depth.