What are the physical characteristics of Brom Bones from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

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Brom Bones from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is strong, big, and brave.

Brom Bones is really Abraham Van Brun.  Brom is the Dutch abbreviation for Abraham.  He is described as a “burly, roaring, roystering blade” and a hero to the whole country, which likes to sing songs and tell tales of “his feats of strength and hardihood.”  He is very strong and brave and roughly chivalrous.

 He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short curly black hair, and a bluff, but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance. 

 He earned the nickname Brom Bones from his extraordinary physique.  It is a compliment to his strength.  Soon, he is universally known by it.  He is always ready to fight or play, and has a gang of loyal followers. 

He also acts as umpire in everything from fist fights to cock fights, and settles any dispute while walking around “setting his hat on one side” and giving his decisions in a way that allows no arguing.  In cold weather he wears a fox-tail fur hat.

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