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'''Ants''' were tiny insects that form large communal colonies under the rule of a single queen. Though [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] does not mention them directly, we can deduce their presence in [[Middle-earth]] from the fact that [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] discusses them briefly with [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] on one occasion. Tolkien uses their qualities freely in similes throughout ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', especially in reference to the [[Orcs]] of [[Mordor]], whose military organisation and aggression are referred to several times as being ant-like. At one point [[Sauron]] is compared to an ant queen, with his [[Orcs]] acting as soldiers and workers just as the queen's in her colony.  
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'''Ants''' were tiny insects that form large communal colonies under the rule of a single queen. Though [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] does not mention them directly, we can deduce their presence in [[Middle-earth]] from the fact that [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] discusses them briefly with [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] on one occasion. Tolkien uses their qualities freely in similes throughout ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', especially in reference to the [[Orcs]] of [[Mordor]], whose military organisation and aggression are referred to several times as being ant-like. At one point [[Sauron]] is compared to an ant queen, with his [[Orcs]] acting as soldiers and workers just as the queen's in her colony.<ref>{{RK|VI4}}</ref>
  
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Ants were tiny insects that form large communal colonies under the rule of a single queen. Though J.R.R. Tolkien does not mention them directly, we can deduce their presence in Middle-earth from the fact that Merry discusses them briefly with Pippin on one occasion. Tolkien uses their qualities freely in similes throughout The Lord of the Rings, especially in reference to the Orcs of Mordor, whose military organisation and aggression are referred to several times as being ant-like. At one point Sauron is compared to an ant queen, with his Orcs acting as soldiers and workers just as the queen's in her colony.[1]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"