|“||‘Sméagol always helps,’ he said. ‘He has brought rabbits, nice rabbits.’||”|
–Gollum in The Two Towers, Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
Rabbits will hop around aimlessly most of the time, but when a player approaches, they will run as fast as their small legs will permit. But watch out! They're very fond of crops, including carrots, and are able to jump over a single-height fence. If you wish to catch them, make sure your sound is on, for they make the sound of a player eating food when they're raiding your farm.
Hitting a rabbit while it is eating your crops will earn you the achievement "Get Off My Land!".
As rabbits have only 4 () health points, they can be easily killed by a single blow of a stone axe. This makes them an easily accessible source of food at the early beginning of a new game and for long journeys.
If farmhands spot a rabbit near the crops they tend, they hunt it down. As they don't collect the meat, you might occasionally find a piece of it lying around near farms. Unoccupied wargs also chase and kill rabbits from time to time.
The One Wiki to Rule Them All has an article on:
The Tolkien Gateway has an article on:
Animals of Middle-Earth