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Measurements



This is my narrative and relevant references from the Books where Measurements are mentioned.
It is not meant to be anything other than the facts of the matter.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban


Distance Measurements

The Hort is approximately an inch and a quarter in length (31.75mm).
The smallest actual measurement described is a tenth of a hort which would equal an eighth of an inch (3.175mm).

The Hand is used as a measure of height in several places but no actual comparison in inches is given. On Earth, horses are measured in hands. One hand equals 4 inches (101.6mm).

The Gorean Foot or Merchant Foot is ten horts or roughly twelve and a half inches (317.5mm).

Cloth is measured in the Ah-il, which is the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. But again, no actual comparison in inches is given.

The Ah-ral is ten ah-ils.

A Pace is close to the English yard (91.44cm or 0.9144m).

A Spear Length is used a few times and based on other references this would be six to seven feet (1.82 - 2.13m).

A Lance Length is also used once. Based on the context, this is likely the kaiila lance but no actual length is given.

A Kaiila Length is yet another distance measurement used without any comparison in feet or yards.

A Pasang is approximately .7 of a mile (1.12km).

A League is mentioned only one time as a measure of distance. But once more, no comparison is given. Therefore we don't know if this is an Earth league, which is 3 miles (4.82km), or maybe a Gorean league which, if related to the pasang, might be 2.1 miles (3.37km).


Tape measures, marked in horts, are used to measure slaves.



Liquid Volume Measurements

The Gill, as a measure of liquid volume is used only once. But in another reference, "The leech plant can draw a considerable amount of blood in a short time". Perhaps this means a gill is a "considerable amount". In any event, no Earth comparison is stated.

A Talu is approximately two gallons (7.57 liters).



Dry Volume Measurements

A Tef is a handful with the five fingers closed, not open.

A Tefa is six such handfuls, which is a tiny basket.

A Huda is five of these tiny baskets.



Weight Measurements

The Stone is about four Earth pounds (1.81kg).

A Weight is ten stone.



Compass Direction Measurements

All directions on the planet are calculated from the Sardar Mountains.
The Gorean compass is divided into eight main divisions, and each of these are also subdivided.
There is also a system of latitude and longitude figured on the basis of Ahn, Ehn and Ihn.

Ta-Sardar-Var ~ North ~ Appears on all Gorean maps
Ror
Rim ~ East
Tun
Vask or Verus Var ~ South
Cart
Klim ~ West
Kail



In the formation of most cursive letters, incidentally, there are few, if any, differences among the various cities. The differences tend to have more to do with the "cast" of the hand, so to speak, its general appearance, a function of a number of things, such as size, spacing of letters, linkages among them, length of loops, nature of end strokes, and such. Also, certain letters, at least for commercial or legal, if not personal, purposes, tended to be standardized. An excellent example are those standing for various weights and measures.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 347









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Ah-il
Ah-ral
Compass
Gill
Gorean Foot - Merchant Foot
Hand
Hort
Huda
Kaiila Length
Lance Length
League
Pace
Pasang
Spear Length
Stone
Talu
Tape Measures
Tef
Tefa
Weight
 


Ah-il
To The Top

Cloth is measured in the ah-il, which is the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, and the ah-ral, which is ten ah-ils
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 50




 


Ah-ral
To The Top

Cloth is measured in the ah-il, which is the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, and the ah-ral, which is ten ah-ils
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 50




 


Compass
To The Top

Briefly, for those it might interest, all directions on the planet are calculated from the Sardar Mountains, which for the purposes of calculating direction play a role analogous to our north pole; the two main directions, so to speak, in the Gorean way of thinking are Ta-Sardar-Var and Ta-Sardar-Ki-Var, or as one would normally say, Var and Ki-Var; 'Var' means a turning and 'Ki' signifies negation; thus, rather literally, one might speak of 'turning to the Sardar' and 'not turning to the Sardar', something like either facing north or not facing north; on the other hand, more helpfully, the Gorean compass is divided into eight, as opposed to our four, main quadrants, or better said, divisions, and each of these itself is of course subdivided. There is also a system of latitude and longitude figured on the basis of the Gorean day, calculated in Ahn, twenty of which constitute a Gorean day, and Ehn and Ihn, which are subdivisions of the Ahn, or Gorean hour. Ta-Sardar-Var is a direction which appears on all Gorean maps; Ta-Sardar-Ki-Var, of course, never appears on a map, since it would be any direction which is not Ta-Sardar-Var. Accordingly, the main divisions of the map are Ta-Sardar-Var, and the other seven; taking the Sardar as our "north pole" the other directions, clockwise as Earth clocks move (Gorean clock hands move in the opposite direction) would be, first, Ta-Sardar-Var, then, in order, Ror, Rim, Tun, Vask (sometimes spoken of as Verus Var, or the true turning away), Cart, Klim, and Kail, and then again, of course, Ta-Sardar-Var.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 3




 


Gill
To The Top

Already my blood, black in the silvery night, mixed with the juices of the plant, stained the stem even to the roots. In a matter of perhaps two or three seconds, it had drawn perhaps a gill of liquid.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 34

The leech plant can draw a considerable amount of blood in a short time. Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 366



 


Gorean Foot - Merchant Foot
To The Top

The Gorean foot, interestingly, is almost identical to the Earth foot. Both measures doubtless bear some distant relation to the length of the foot of an adult human male. The Gorean foot is, in my estimation, just slightly longer than the Earth foot; based on the supposition that each of its ten Horts is roughly one and one-quarter inches long, I would give the Gorean foot a length of roughly twelve and one-half inches, Earth measure.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Pages 127 - 128

As in the case of the official "Stone", so, too, at the Sardar is a metal rod, which determines the Merchant Foot, or Gorean foot, as I have called it. Port Kar's Merchant Foot, like her "Stone", is kept in the arsenal, in the same building as her "Stone".
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 128


Her keel, one hundred and twenty-eight feet Gorean, and her beam, sixteen feet Gorean, mark her as heavy class.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 192


Although the Dorna's true beam is sixteen feet Gorean, her deck width is twenty-one feet Gorean, due to the long rectangular rowing frame, which carries the thole ports; the rowing frame is slightly higher than the deck area and extends beyond it, two and one half feet Gorean on each side; it is supported by extensions of the hull beams; the rowing frame is placed somewhat nearer the stem than the sternpost; the extension of the rowing frame not only permits greater deck area but, because of the size of the oars used, is expedient because of matters of work space and leverage.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 193


She was a medium-class galley. She had a keel length of about one hundred and ten feet Gorean, and a beam of about twelve foot Gorean.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 183


Forkbeard's ship, or serpent, as they are sometimes called, was approximately eighty Gorean feet in length, with a beam of some ten feet Gorean.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 31


The mast is not high, only about thirty-five feet Gorean, but it permits a scanning of the horizon to some ten pasangs.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 59


The hall of Ivar Forkbeard was a longhouse. It was about one hundred and twenty feet Gorean in length.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 90


"The right ear," said the next man, grasping the long, slim lance, eight feet Gorean in length, marked with red and yellow swirling stripes, terminating in an extremely narrow point, razored, steel, some eleven inches in length, and lanceolate, as the leaf of the flahdah tree.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 234


The highest level or zone is that of the "emergents," that of those trees which have thrust themselves up above the dense canopies below them. This level is roughly from a hundred and twenty-five feet Gorean to two hundred feet Gorean. The second level is often spoken of as the canopy, or as that of the canopies. This is the fantastic green cover which constitutes the main ceiling of the jungle. It is what would dominate one's vision if one were passing over the jungle in tarn flight or viewing it from the height of a tall mountain. The canopy, or zone of the canopies, ranges from about sixty to one hundred and twenty-five feet high, Gorean measure. The first zone extends from the ground to the beginning of the canopies above, some sixty feet in height, Gorean measure.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 311


We must be thousands of feet Gorean, given the length of the river, the numerous plunging cataracts, and the plateaus and levels we had ascended, above sea level, above the entrance points, west of Ngao and Ushindi, of the brown Kamba and Nyoka into the green waters of Thassa.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 417


The long galley, some eighty feet Gorean, sped toward the chain. Its bow as lifted, unnaturally, from the water, did not even touch the water.
Guardsman of Gor     Book 16     Page 22


Insulae are seldom maintained well. They are cheap to build, and easily replaced. Their structure is primarily wood and brick. There are ordinances governing how high they may be built. Although we had come up several flights, we were probably not more than seventy or eighty feet Gorean from the street level.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 282


It opened its wings, suddenly. Their span must have been twenty-five to thirty feet Gorean.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 178


Erected in the sand, there was a stout pole, upright, about four inches in diameter. This pole was about seven feet in height. Toward the bottom of the pole, about a yard from the sand, there was a rounded crosspiece, about a foot in length. This was inserted through, and fastened within a hole in the pole. Above this crosspiece, something like three and a half feet Gorean above it, also inserted through, and fastened within a hole in the pole, there was another crosspiece, a longer one, about a yard in length. These crosspieces were both about two inches in diameter. Had they been intended for the keeping of a man they would have been thicker, the accommodating pole then being proportionally larger. As it was they were more than sufficient.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 180


Both spears thrust forth simultaneously and suddenly the great dark body, some seven feet Gorean in length, reared up, tail thrashing, body twisting, out of the water.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 326


A chain, about two feet Gorean in length, was put on his neck and attached to the short chain linking his shackles.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 95


A gigantic breach, over four hundred yards in width, had been made in the wall. The bottom of the breach was still some forty or fifty feet high. The edges of it tapered up to the height of the wall on each side, in this area, some hundred to a hundred and twenty feet Gorean above the pavement.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 117




 


Hand
To The Top

A kaiila, which normally stands about twenty to twenty-two hands at the shoulder, can cover as much as six hundred pasangs in a single day's riding.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 13


both creatures are comparable in size, ranging from some twenty to twenty-two hands at the shoulder;
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 70


They were northern tabuk, massive, tawny and swift, many of them ten hands at the shoulder,
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 152


Suddenly a tabuk, better than eleven hands at the shoulder, thrust through the opening, buffeting men aside.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 167


They were led by a magnificent animal, a giant buck, fourteen hands at the shoulder, with swirling horn of ivory more than a yard in length.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 168


The males are usually about ten hands at the shoulders and the females about eight hands. The males average about four hundred to five hundred Gorean stone in weight, some sixteen hundred to two thousand pounds, and the females average about three to four hundred Gorean stone in weight, some twelve hundred to sixteen hundred pounds.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 93


The giant tarsk, which can stand ten hands at the shoulder, is even hunted with lances from tarnback.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 346


The kailiauk in question, incidentally, is the kailiauk of the Barrens. It is a gigantic, dangerous beast, often standing from twenty to twenty-five hands at the shoulder and weighing as much as four thousand pounds.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 40


Adult males can stand as high as twenty or twenty-five hands at the shoulder and weigh as much as four thousand pounds.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 10


The Voltai tarsk, as some forest tarsk, are much larger than the common tarsk. They are often ten to twelve hands at the shoulder.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 375




 


Hort
To The Top

One of the decrees of Marlenus, uttered at his victory feast, yesterday evening, to rounds of drunken cheers and applause, had been to decree a two-hort, approximately two and one-half inch, heightening of the hemline in the already rather briefly skirted livery of female state slaves; this morning I supposed this decree would be adopted by the private slave owners of Ar as well; indeed, I noted that already the effects of the decree were evident in the livery of the girls I passed in the halls.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 393 - 394


The Gorean foot is, in my estimation, just slightly longer than the Earth foot; based on the supposition that each of its ten Horts is roughly one and one-quarter inches long, I would give the Gorean foot a length of roughly twelve and one-half inches, Earth measure.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Pages 127 - 128


Some of these rugs have as many as four hundred knots per square hort. The hort is approximately an inch and a quarter in length.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 49


Even though the blade was sheathed I had held the stroke, holding it short, a hort from his face. The leather would have torn at his forehead, ascending, over the bridge of the nose. I did not wish to injure him. Unsheathed, followed through, of course, such a stroke would have taken off the top of his head, slashing upward through the hood of the burnoose.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 61


With a tiny spoon, its tip no more than a tenth of a hort in diameter, she placed four measures of white sugar, and six of yellow, in the cup; with two stirring spoons, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow, she stirred the beverage after each measure.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 89


"In a straight line, four horts apart, facing the master," she said.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 244


"128," he said, reading irritably, "is brown haired and brown eyed. She is 51 horts in height. Her weight is 29 stones. Her block measurements, certified, are 22 horts, 16 horts, 22 horts. She will take a number-two wrist ring and a number-two ankle ring. Her collar size is ten horts.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 284


The auctioneer took my hair in his hand and, cruelly, bent me back, standing. "22 horts," said he, indicating my breasts. "16 horts," said he, slapping me on the belly. "22 horts," said he, reaching across my body and placing his hand on my right hip, indicating the width of my body. These were my block measurements. I knew a master might keep me to such measurements, with the whip, if necessary. "Small," said he, "but sweet, a delicacy, noble sirs, with promise." "Two tarsks," called a man from the crowd. "I hear two tarsks," said the auctioneer.
It was true that I was not large, but I did not think I was unusually small. I was, in Earth measurements, some five feet four inches in height and weighed about one hundred and sixteen pounds. My figure though delicate, was in Earth measurements approximately 28-20-28. I had not known my collar size on Earth, for I had not purchased garments with such attention to the neck. On Gor, it was ten horts. Accordingly it must have been, in Earth measurements, in the neighborhood of twelve and one half inches. I have a slender, delicate neck. I do not know what my wrist and ankle measurements would be. I do know I take a number-two wrist ring and a number-two ankle ring. These run in separate series, the ankle rings being larger, of course, than the wrist rings. It is regarded as desirable in a slave that she takes the same number wrist and ankle ring, this suggesting a delicious symmetry. There are four numbers in the series; one is regarded as small, two and three as normal, and four as large. I could not slip a four ankle ring, of course; I could slip a four wrist ring, if it were set at four; most such wrist and ankle rings, however, are adjustable to 1, 2, 3 or 4. Thus, they, like slave bracelets, lock to the perfect holding point on each girl.
The auctioneer stood very near me.
I did not know my wrist or ankle size in Earth measurements, for such measurements are not important for a girl on Earth as they are on Gor, but the interior circumference of the number-two wrist ring is 5 horts and the interior circumference of the number-two ankle ring is 7 horts; thus, my wrist size in Earth measurement must be about six inches and my ankle size must be about eight and one-half inches. In the slave pens, of course, a girl's measurements are taken on a tape measure marked in horts and entered on her sheet of sale.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Pages 285 - 286


"Examine this beauty," said the auctioneer, indicating me with his whip. "Consider the perfection of her block measurements. 22 horts, 16 horts, 22 horts!" he cried, jabbing me with the whip.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 287


I was Teela, a paga slave of the Belled Collar. That could be read, I understood, on the close-fitting steel collar I wore, a ten-hort collar.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 294


I reached into a chest for hunters' netting. It is a stout cording, used to net medium-sized game. Its mesh was spaced at some two horts, about two and a half inches.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 300


"It is a ten-hort collar," I whispered. I could tell by its feel.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 309


"Her measurements, exactly, fit those of the slave," said a guardsman. He lifted the tape measure, marked in horts, which had been applied, but moments before, to the girl's body.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 66


"And do not let them overcharge you," he called after her. "Five two-hort vials should cost you no more than a copper tarsk!"
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 218


She shrank back. Angrily he tore away two additional horts from the tunic's freshly sheared hem. She cried out with misery, so exposed.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 247


The Lady Florence and Melpomene were of quite similar height and weight. The Lady Florence might have been an eighth of a hort taller.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 295


"At one time," he said, "I could strike a thousand blows, to the accuracy of a hair, I could thrust a thousand times, within the circle of half a hort, but now - now, see what has become of me." His hand, shaking, then fell.
Rouge of Gor     Book 15     Page 181


If you depart from the narrow line of slave perfection by so much as a hort you may expect a cuffing, or the lash."
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 75


Not a square hort would the Kaiila surrender, truly, of their tribal lands.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 473


An experienced slaver, incidentally, can usually tell a woman's wrist, ankle and collar sizes almost at a glance. I took a number-two ankle ring and a number-two wrist ring. I took a ten-hort collar. These are common and standard sizes. The most commonly worn wrist and ankle rings are the twos and threes. The most common collar sizes are the ten-, eleven- and twelve-hort sizes.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Pages 308 - 309


"You are now going to make as complete a circuit of the room as is practical," he said. "You will, where practical, kiss the walls at the corners, on each side of the corner, about five horts from the corner and about ten horts from the floor. Where you come to chests or furniture, you will treat them as extensions of the wall, kissing them at the corners, and so on. You will then return exactly to your present position."
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 338


I stood, and pulled it down more about my thighs. "It is rather short, though, isn't it?" I said.
"It will be shorter," he said, drawing out a knife.
"Master!" I protested, but he, with the knife, cutting and tearing, must have shortened it by at least two horts.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 431


"You have been insolent," he said, "and seem to have forgotten that you are a slave."
"Yes, Master," she said, frightened, putting her head down.
"Accordingly," said Boots, "you are herewith instructed to remove a panel of material, four horts in width, and curved at the top, near your waist, from the skirts of your slave tunics at the sides, thus well revealing both thighs to the waist, or almost to the waist. In this fashion, in a balanced manner, your thighs will be exposed to the view of free men. In this fashion, too, of course, your brand will be always clearly visible. Perhaps in this way you will be more likely to keep it in mind that you wear it, and what it means."
Players of Gor     Book 20     Pages 254 - 255


These aqueducts are marvelous constructions, actually, having a pitch of as little as a hort for every pasang.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 102


We watched a large, oblong, flat-bodied black object, about a half hort in length, with long feelers, hurry toward a crack at the base of the wall.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Pages 276 - 277


They were close shackles, and gave me a play of no more than three horts.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 337


I then heard my height and weight, given in Gorean measurements, thirty and a quarter Gorean stone and fifty-one horts, or approximately, in Earth measurements, one hundred and twenty-one pounds and five foot three and three quarters inches,
. . .
I would take a number-two wrist ring and a number-two ankle ring. My collar size is eleven horts. These are average sizes.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Pages 127 - 128


The wire was slave wire, with its closely interwoven latticework of sharp, swaying strands, and, numerous and closely set, at intervals of less than a hort, its barbs and knifelike prongs. I shuddered. A slave could be cut to pieces on such wire.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 347


"I wondered how you might behave," he said, "if I gave you even a hort of room, even an Ihn of indulgence."
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 475


In shearing, you see, one might lose a fifth of a hort or so of hair.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 142


"The spear, my dear Claudia," she said, "is a single piece of solid, polished metal. It is very long, and less than a hort thick. It is tapered to a point.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 231


I crouched down by the prisoner. "The spear, as I understand it," I said, trying to recall the words of our warder earlier to Lady Claudia, "is a solid piece of polished metal, very long, and less than a hort in width. It is tapered to a point, and fits in a mount."
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 251


If we let them take their time about it, of course, the penetration is sometimes as little as a hort an Ahn.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 254


If she is naked, she might even be bound with short lengths of her own hair. Two or three horts of hair suffice to tie her thumbs behind her back, and another two or three will suffice to tie her two large toes together.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 326


"Look," I said, reaching into my wallet and drawing forth a handful of slave beads, "are they not beauties?"
He looked at them, in the moonlight.
"They are cheap," he said.
"Of course," I said, "but pretty, very pretty, and strung on binding fiber." They were large and round, about half a hort in diameter, of brightly colored wood.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Pages 49 - 50


I saw that she did not raise the hems of her robes more than a hort or two, scarcely enough to lift them from the sand.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 106


I loosened the strap a quarter of a hort. Then, with the projection, and my tongue, I moved some of the wadding out, around the strap.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 165


If necessary, every square hort of the camp could be examined.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 451


Of what value, really, is it to be able to bring down a running man with the great bow at two hundred yards, to throw the quiva into a two-hort circle at twenty paces, to wield a sword with an agility others might bring to the handling of a knife?
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 131


Another fraction of a hort, the least additional pressure, and his wrist would be broken.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 168


"She was at the palestrae games last week," he said.
"No," I said. "Some woman in her robes was."
"How do you know?" he asked.
"She was in sandals," I said, "and was a hort taller than the Ubara."
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 239


I bent down and pushed the prisoner's ankles together, and then looped a thong about them, that they might not be able to move more than a hort or two apart. He could not now run. To be sure, he could stand.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 247


It would not have been difficult to have her and then, with a few horts of binding fiber, leave her behind in the ditch, bound hand and foot, at the roadside.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 293


Again the whitish dust, a hort deep, was pushed to the sides, to bank against the outside of her knees.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 308


The Cosians, I thought, had to some extent miscalculated. Did they really think that the excitingness of a slave could be reduced by such a triviality as the addition of a few horts of material to a tunic?
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 341


She uncapped it, and moved the tiny rolled paper a hort from the capsule, that he might see it. Then she thrust it back in, triumphantly, and recapped the cylinder.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 447


"She is a slave," I said, "not a free companion, who may not be touched, to whom nothing may be done, even if she turns your life into a torture, even if she drives you mad, even if she intends to destroy you, hort by hort."
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 467


Then, when he got his hands on a meaningless little blond chit, a true slave in every hort of her body, named El-in-or, he gave me away, to a panther girl named Verna, to be taken to the northern forests.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 483


Then I did shrink back, for the knife approached me. "Please!" I protested. I felt its point move though my robes, their layers. Its point was at my lower abdomen. Then, with a quick lateral motion, I crying out a little, it opened a slit in my robes, perhaps a mere hort or two in width.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Pages 253 - 254


"Guardsman! Search for an escaped slave in a weight collar, a high collar of thick, black iron, hammered shut about her neck, its two forward projections pierced, a dangling, two-hort iron ring threaded through the piercings!"
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 278


This particular model was disklike, and with a diameter of less than two hort. It would fit easily into the palm of even a human.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 109


The widened link on the slave bracelets, which had permitted her to separate her hands, had now again been closed, in such a way that her hands, again, were pinioned behind her back; she had also been placed in ankle shackles, with a linkage of three horts; and chained by the neck to a stake.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 551


"Perhaps then," she said, seemingly mollified, "she need only be lashed to within a bit of a hort of her life."
"That could easily be arranged," said the dealer, "though one must measure such things exactly, calculating to the portion of a hort."
"Surely you are adept at such judgments," she said.
"We do our best," he said.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 113


The pitch in the aqueduct, supposedly, was less than a hort every twenty pasangs.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 141




 


Huda
To The Top

A veiled woman was hawking dates by the tefa. A handful with the five fingers closed, not open, is a tef. Six such handfuls constitutes a tefa, which is a tiny basket. Five such baskets constitutes a huda.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 46




 


Kaiila Length
To The Top

"Something over there," said Cuwignaka, half a kaiila length behind me, pointing.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 257




 


Lance Length
To The Top

We kept a distance of a lance length between riders. This was to minimize hits by the Kinyanpi.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 240




 


League
To The Top

Unwillingly the bird alighted on the grassy plains about a league from the Fair of En'Kara. I thought those great eyes looked at me reproachfully. Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 181



 


Pace
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The Gorean pace is very close to the English yard, but the stone is well over a pound and the hort is somewhat longer than an inch.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Pages 2 - 3

I had not been within a hundred paces of the Central Cylinder when a lowered spear had blocked my way.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 233

The bridges I utilized were not really narrow. Most were two to three paces in width.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 237

The Metal Worker was flung a dozen paces to the side to strike amongst chests and boxes beside a stall. I saw him struggle to his feet, amongst the debris, waver, and then fall.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 292

The kennel was low-ceilinged, windowless, and some twenty paces, master's paces, in length.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 198




 


Pasang
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The pasang is a measure of distance on Gor, equivalent approximately to .7 of a mile.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 58

The pasang, a common unit of Gorean land measurement, is approximately seven-tenths of a mile.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 13




 


Spear Length
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The bosk, without which the Wagon Peoples could not live, is an oxlike creature. It is a huge, shambling animal, with a thick, humped neck and long, shaggy hair. It has a wide head and tiny red eyes, a temper to match that of a sleen, and two long, wicked horns that reach out from its head and suddenly curve forward to terminate in fearful points. Some of these horns, on the larger animals, measured from tip to tip, exceed the length of two spears.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Pages 4 - 5


"I have even seen them reach for vines a spear's length above their head and think they could reach them!"
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 210


I soon learned, to my irritation, that one could approach the high compound wall no more closely than ten spear lengths.
"Get away you!" cried a guard from the wall, with a crossbow. "There is no loitering here!"
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 235




 


Stone
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I have calculated this figure from the Weight, a Gorean unit of measurement based on the Stone, which is about four Earth pounds.
. . .
The Weight and the Stone, incidentally, are standardized throughout the Gorean cities by Merchant Law, the only common body of law existing among the cities. The official "Stone," actually a solid metal cylinder, is kept, by the way, near the Sardar. Four times a year, on a given day in each of the four great fairs held annually near the Sardar, it is brought forth with scales, that merchants from whatever city may test their own standard "Stone" against it. The "Stone" of Port Kar, tested against the official "Stone" at the Sardar, reposed in a special fortified building in the great arsenal, which complex was administered by agents of the Council of Captains.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 127


Any who did not wish to continue in my service were free to go. I instructed Luma to discharge any such with a gift of gold, of half a stone's weight. Surprisingly, few left my ships.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 138


The oars themselves usually weigh about one stone a foot, or roughly four pounds a foot.
. . .
A thirty-foot Gorean oar, the most inboard oar, would commonly weigh thirty stone, or about one hundred and twenty pounds.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 194


The two anchor hooks, fore and aft, were raised. They resemble heavy grappling hooks. Their weight, apiece, is not great, being little more than twenty-five Gorean stone, or about one hundred Earth pounds.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 78


"There is forty weight of gold here," said Svein Blue Tooth's man, almost as though he could not believe it, "four hundred stone of gold."
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 196


Each cylinder, roped to others, weighed in the neighborhood of ten stone, or some forty pounds, a Gorean "Weight."
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 20


A given tree, annually, yields between one and five Gorean weights of fruit. A weight is some ten stone, or some forty Earth pounds.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 37


I obtained a new scimitar. I did not need a sheath and belt. I obtained, too, a set of kaiila bells, and two sacks of pressed-date bricks. These are long, rectangular bricks, weighing about a stone apiece, or, in Earth weight, about four pounds.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Pages 134 - 135


The cylinders are standardized at ten stone, or a Gorean "Weight," which is some forty pounds.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 238


Her weight is 29 stones.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 284


The males are usually about ten hands at the shoulders and the females about eight hands. The males average about four hundred to five hundred Gorean stone in weight, some sixteen hundred to two thousand pounds, and the females average about three to four hundred Gorean stone in weight, some twelve hundred to sixteen hundred pounds.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 93


I then heard my height and weight, given in Gorean measurements, thirty and a quarter Gorean stone and fifty-one horts, or approximately, in Earth measurements, one hundred and twenty-one pounds and five foot three and three quarters inches,
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Pages 127 - 128


"You two," said the first girl, "go to the salt market, at the east gate, to the vendor, Porus, and return with a stone of salt."
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 236




 


Talu
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"There is little leather at Klima," said T'Zshal. "There are few water bags. Those that exist are of one talu. They are guarded"
Water at Klima is generally carried in narrow buckets, on wooden yokes, with dippers attached, for the slaves. A talu is approximately two gallons. A talu bag is a small bag. It is the sort carried by a nomad herding verr afoot in the vicinity of his camp. Bags that small are seldom carried in caravan, except at the saddles of scouts.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 242


Two men, with yoke bags, falling before their body, on each side, stepped forward.
"We sewed together several talu bags," said T'Zshal, "to make these."
. . .
"Cut the stake from his wrist," he said. It was done. Then he turned to another guard, one with a one-talu bag, who had been one of the men who had watched us, when we had been staked out. "Give them water," he said."
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Pages 266 - 267


I would let the fleeing man lead me from the desert. He could not have had more than a one-talu water bag at his saddle.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 298




 


Tape Measures
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She had retained, by means of diet and exercise, her block measurements, those measurements which were hers when she, after having been prepared for sale, was marketed from a slave block. The master commonly has a record of such measurements and many masters, using a tarsk scale, used for small livestock, and slave tapes, periodically check their lovely properties, making certain that they are maintaining the measurements.
Guardsman of Gor     Book 16     Page 263


When they were to move out they would pass through a certain station where a Cosian slaver's man, with a marking tape, would measure them for their collar size.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 159


Tolnar then, with a graduated tape, reaching in and about the net, and moving the woman, as necessary, took a large number of measurements, these being recorded by Venlisius. Additional measurements were taken with other instruments, such as a calipers. With these were recorded such data as the width and length of fingers and toes, the width of her heels, the lovely tiny distance between her nostrils, and so on.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 458




 


Tef
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A veiled woman was hawking dates by the tefa. A handful with the five fingers closed, not open, is a tef.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 46




 


Tefa
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A veiled woman was hawking dates by the tefa. A handful with the five fingers closed, not open, is a tef. Six such handfuls constitutes a tefa, which is a tiny basket.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 46




 


Weight
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A Weight is ten Stone.
. . .
The Weight and the Stone, incidentally, are standardized throughout the Gorean cities by Merchant Law, the only common body of law existing among the cities.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 127


"I am prepared to offer much," I told her. "I am prepared to offer weights of gold."
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 90


"There is forty weight of gold here," said Svein Blue Tooth's man, almost as though he could not believe it, "four hundred stone of gold."
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 196


Each cylinder, roped to others, weighed in the neighborhood of ten stone, or some forty pounds, a Gorean "Weight."
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 20


A given tree, annually, yields between one and five Gorean weights of fruit. A weight is some ten stone, or some forty Earth pounds.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 37


The cylinders are standardized at ten stone, or a Gorean "Weight," which is some forty pounds.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 238


The males are usually about ten hands at the shoulders and the females about eight hands. The males average about four hundred to five hundred Gorean stone in weight, some sixteen hundred to two thousand pounds, and the females average about three to four hundred Gorean stone in weight, some twelve hundred to sixteen hundred pounds.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 93








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