CHILDREN'S GAMES


Many a children's game doesn't involve utensils at all, except some children that enjoy rhyming and singing. This page offers a collection of all such games that can be played anywhere and anytime and require not much to be enjoyed, yet are still highly entertaining. Note that the manifold variantions also represent thee cultures they come from very well, thus providing a nice profile of Santharian life.

THE SANTHALAN BALL
by
ALYSSE THE LIKELY

This is a little song/game for children in New Santhala, though of course there are probably regional variations. It is most fun with a large group of kids.

The children join hands and form a circle. One child is picked to be the leader and he/she starts off, singing:

O, I went down to the Santhalan ball,
And who do you think I saw, O!
I saw--Sage Federkiel and all, and all,
Sage Federkiel, and all!

(Any well-known person's name may be substituted here, although this is the most popular choice for Santhalan children)

Then the leader sings the song again, but this time adding the name of one child in the group, thus:

O, I went down to the Santhalan ball,
And who do you think I saw, O!
I saw--Miraran, Sage Federkiel and all, and all,
Sage Federkiel, and all!

The child whose name is picked goes next and sings, adding the name of another child:

O, I went down to the Santhalan ball,
And who do you think I saw, O!
I saw--Azhira, Miraran, Sage Federkiel and all, and all,
Sage Federkiel, and all!

And the song continues, with each child singing the song , and adding the name of one child in the group each time, until each child has had a chance to have his/her name added and to sing the verse. The whole group joins the last singer in repeating the song, trying to get all the names in, and in the right order. With a big group, this can be difficult and the game occasionally dissolves in fits of laughter.

Some common variations are to use the names of celebrities, or even animals:

O, I went down to the Santhalan ball,
And who do you think I saw, O!
I saw--tareps, hunting dogs, kuatu and dragons soaring over all, and all,
Dragons soaring over all!

 
 

ONCE  THERE WAS A HOBBIT

THE NERMERAN VERSION
by
ALYSSE THE LIKELY

This is a game played by human children in the province of Nermeran, especially those near the Silvermarshes. A large group of children form a ring, in which one child (the “hobbit”) stands, as the others dance around, chanting the verse. With each new verse, another child is chosen by the “hobbit” to enter the ring. During the last verse, which is generally chanted very loudly, all children except the last child (the “loaf of bread”) re-join the circle. Traditionally, the "loaf" becomes the next "hobbit".

Once there was a Hobbit,
Once there was a Hobbit,
Once there was a Hobbit,
In the Helmondshire.

The Hobbit took a lady,
The Hobbit took a lady,
The Hobbit took a lady,
In the Helmondshire.

The couple had a child,
The couple had a child,
The couple had a child,
In the Helmondshire.

The child had a puppy,
The child had a puppy,
The child had a puppy,
In the Helmondshire.

The puppy caught a fuzzle,
The puppy caught a fuzzle,
The puppy caught a fuzzle,
In the Helmondshire.

The fuzzle took a bread loaf,
The fuzzle took a bread loaf,
The fuzzle took a bread loaf,
In the Helmondshire.

There sits the loaf of bread,
There sits the loaf of bread,
There sits the loaf of bread,
In the Helmondshire!

More verses may be added as desired (usually, additional "animals" such as the hobbithorse, pgymy goat, or hogling) but this is the standard version. One version simply adds a line to each verse:

Once there was a Hobbit,
In the Helmondshire.

Once there was a Hobbit,
The Hobbit took a lady,
In the Helmondshire.

Once there was a Hobbit,
The Hobbit took a lady,
The couple had a child,
In the Helmondshire.

Etc. etc. This is a faster paced game and is often done with larger groups, so that more children can have turns in the centre.

 

 

THE ORCLING VERSION
by
ALYSSE THE LIKELY

The young orcs form a circle and pick a “warrior” for the centre. In turn, he chooses a “bride”, a “son”, a “warg” and a “foe” from the ring, while they circle him, chanting the song. On the last verse, “caught a foe”, the circle closes in as tightly as they can, and once they reach the final line of this verse, “And great was the killing, oh!”, they all give bloodcurdling shrieks, leap on the enclosed group and the game degenerates into an every-orc-for-himself brawl. A lot like most orcling games, really.

A mighty warrior roamed the land,
Roamed the land
A mighty warrior roamed the land,
And great was the killing, oh!

Then the warrior took a bride,
Roamed the land,
took a bride,
Then the warrior took a bride,
And great was the killing, oh!

And the warrior had a son,
Roamed the land,
took a bride,
had a son,
And the warrior had a son,
And great was the killing, oh!

Then the warrior trained a warg,
Roamed the land,
took a bride,
had a son,
trained a warg,
Then the warrior trained a warg,
And great was the killing, oh!

And the warrior caught a foe,
Roamed the land,
took a bride,
had a son,
trained a warg,
caught a foe,
And the warrior caught a foe,
And great was the killing, oh!

(general mayhem ensues)
 

ANOTHER ORCLING VERSION
by
THAROC WARGRIDER AND BARD JUDITH

Ten green Losh-oc, with their heads upon the block,
Ten green Losh-oc, with their heads upon the block,
And if the big, shiny axe blade should accidentally drop, CHOP!
There'd be nine green Losh-oc with their heads upon the block.

or

Ten big Losh-oc with their heads all in a noose,
Ten mad Losh-oc with their heads all in a noose,
And if one vexed Losh-oc should happen to get loose,
There'd be one less human executioner, the silly goose...

 

THE MARCOGGIAN VERSION
BY
BARD JUDITH

There was an old miser, and he had a purse,
Whatever he spent from it t'was to the worse.

He bought him a house - and in moved a mouse.
Burnt house with a brand, and bought him some land.
The land it was dried, so he found him a bride.
The bride she turned sour, and took back her dower.

Dower from bride, land that was dried,
Burnt-up old house, crust shared with a mouse,
Gone to the worse from the old miser's purse!
And great was the killing, oh!
 


T
HE CENTORAURIAN YODDELER
BY
SIVARTIUS

This is more a contest of speed and accuracy in singing. The backround/beat is tapped out by slapping ones thighs, clapping hands, then snapping fingers. One child starts the beat, (slap, clap, snap), and the others join in. This is sung starting out slowly and speeding up with each verse, until only one person can sing it accurately and in time.

 Centoraurian went yodelling
On a mountaintop high,
When along came an avalanche
interrupting his cry.

Oh holy...
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a
Olly-rock-ki-ku (Swoosh)
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a
Olly-rock-ki-ku (Swoosh)
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a
Olly-rock-ki-ku (Swoosh)
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a-ho

A Centoraurian went yodelling
On a mountaintop high,
When along came a Rimmerin
Interrupting his cry.

Oh holy...
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a
Olly-rock-ki-ku (Swoosh, Grrrr!)
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a
Olly-rock-ki-ku (Swoosh, Grrrr!)
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a
Olly-rock-ki-ku (Swoosh, Grrrr!)
Olly-rock-ki-ki-a-ho

...Iceland Mutt...(Pant Pant)
...Strata Cow...(Psht Psht)
...Pretty Girl...(Smooch Smooch)
...the Girl's Papa...("Get away!")

 

THE DWARVEN VERSION: ONE DWARF WENT TO MINE
by
DEKLITCH HARDIN

This is a version in form of a mining song sung by dwarven youngsters from all clans... they are in a ring, with the 'miner' (and boar) in the centre of the ring, and as each new miner is named, the miner selects another to be the next miner. During the song, each of the 'miners' do mining actions, and the one who is the boar squeals like a pig when the boar's name is sung...

One dwarf went to mine, went to mine for mithmez,
One dwarf and his boar, Tarl, went to mine for mithmez

Two dwarves went to mine, went to mine for mithmez,
Two dwarves, one dwarf and his boar, Tarl, went to mine for mithmez

Three dwarves went to mine, went to mine for mithmez,
Three dwarves, two dwarves, one dwarf and his boar, Tarl, went to mine for mithmez

Four dwarves went to mine, went to mine for mithmez,
Four dwarves, three dwarves, two dwarves, one dwarves and his boar, Tarl, went to mine for mithmez

And so on and so forth until we get to...

Ten dwarves went to mine, went to mine for mithmez
Ten dwarves, nine dwarves, eight dwarves, seven dwarves, six dwarves, five dwarves, four dwarves, three dwarves,
two dwarves, one dwarf and his boar, Tarl went to mine for mithmez

For an added challenge, replace the number names with their Thergerim counterparts.

 

THE BROWNIE VERSION: FIVE LLAOIHRR BROWNIES
by
DEKLITCH HARDIN

Sung by Brownie youngsters ... most likely Rat Brownies ...

Five Llaoihrr Brownies went out one day,
On the back of snow owls far far away,
They discovered it was food they lacked,
But only four Llaoihrr Brownies came back.

Four Llaoihrr Brownies went out one day,
On the back of snow owls far far away,
They discovered it was food they lacked,
But only three Llaoihrr Brownies came back.

Three Llaoihrr Brownies went out one day,
On the back of snow owls far far away,
They discovered it was food they lacked,
But only two Llaoihrr Brownies came back.

Two Llaoihrr Brownies went out one day,
On the back of snow owls far far away,
They discovered it was food they lacked,
But only one Llaoihrr Brownies came back.

One Llaoihrr Brownies went out one day,
On the back of a snow owl far far away,
He discovered it was food he lacked,
But no Llaoihrr Brownies came back.

THE LLAOIHRR VERSION: SNOWY OWLS
by
IRID AL'MENIE AND SHABAKUK

Llaoihrr Brownies have a slightly different variation of this one:

Five snowy owls flew out to play,
Over the hills and into the Vale.
The cruel storm blew, hard fell the hail:
And four snowy owls came home.

Four snowy owls ... (etc.)

Or, in a more rhyming version:

Five snowy owls flew out to play,
Over the hills and into the Vale.
The cruel storm blew,
hard fell the hail:
And four owls homeward flew.

 

AN INJERÍN VERSION
by
ALYSSE THE LIKELY

 An Injerin elf went out to dance
Among the flowering cerubel plants
He (she) had such delightful fun,
that he sang for another elf to come.

Two Injerin elves went out to dance
Among the flowering cerubel plants
They had such delightful fun,
that they sang for another elf to come...

Continues until all the children are dancing, concludes with:

All of the elves went out to dance
Among the flowering cerubel plants
They had such delightful fun,
that they didn't stop til the day was done!

 

DA ORCS GO MARCHIN' ONE BY ONE
by
DEKLITCH HARDIN

Da Orcs Go Marchin' One by One
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' One by One
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' One by One
Da little ones stop and are bullied for fun

And dey all go marchin' off to da war
To kill off da dwarves
SMASH SMASH SMASH

Da Orcs Go Marchin' Two by Two
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Two by Two
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Two by Two
Da little ones stop and start up a blue

And dey all go marchin' off to da war
To kill off da dwarves
SMASH SMASH SMASH

Da Orcs Go Marchin' Three by Three
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Three by Three
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Three by Three
Da little ones stop and are forced ta flee

And dey all go marchin' off to da war
To kill off da dwarves
SMASH SMASH SMASH

Da Orcs Go Marchin' Four by Four
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Four by Four
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Four by Four
Da little ones stop and start ta snore

And dey all go marchin' off to da war
To kill off da dwarves
SMASH SMASH SMASH

Da Orcs Go Marchin' Five by Five
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Five by Five
Hurrah Hurrah
Da Orcs Go Marchin' Five by Five
Da little ones stop and are eaten alive

And dey all go marchin' off to da war
To kill of da dwarves
SMASH SMASH SMASH

 

 I've GOT A WAIN
by
DEKLITCH HARDIN

I've got a wain that's made of wood,
Canvas, leather, it's all good,
Got four wheels and pulled by a horse,
It's a Kolbruk wain of course.

Chorus
Bump Bump, rattle rattle, woah, crash, neigh neigh
Bump Bump, rattle rattle, woah, crash, neigh neigh
Bump Bump, rattle rattle, woah, crash, neigh neigh
Bump Bump

Drive my wain along the roads,
Look out all ye frogs and toads,
Here it comes with might an' force,
It's a Kolbruk wain of course!

Chorus
(leave out neigh neigh - but do actions)

Verse 3
Took my Salli to the fair,
Hit every rut on the way down there,
When we parked the wain, by dam,
All her berries turned to jam!

Chorus
(leave out woah crash neigh neigh - but do actions)

Verse 4
I've got a wain that's pulled by rats,
Driv'n by Brownies and chased by cats,
Six good neeps and four round buns,
We'll be fed 'til springtime comes!

Chorus
(leave out rattle rattle, woah crash neigh neigh - but do actions)

Verse 5
In his wunnerful one-hoss wain,
Comes the ancient Kolbruk thane,
Both er sixty years, they say,
Wish they'd crack a mainspring stay!

Chorus
(actions only - no words)

Repeat Verse 1
Chorus
(Faster - Words and actions)

Actions
Bump - hit open palm with fist
Rattle - shake hands
Woah - pull back as though trying to stop the horse
Crash - open palm squashed against nose
Neigh - pull ear

Other possible verses:

Draped in brilliant spilken cloth,
Liv'ried driver on the roof,
Twenty footmen just to shout
"Get out the way you layabout!"

or

Here's a noble, high and grand,
Gots a wain ta beat the band,
Draped in brilliant spilk-o-gold,
Surely catch his death of cold!

or

Here's a noble's spilk-draped wain,
Liv'ried driver - what a pain!
Twenty footmen just to shout,
'Clear the way, you layabout!'

 

 Date of last edit 6th Rising Sun 1669 a.S.

Children's Games written by various team members