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This article is about the animals. For the music band, see Camel (band).
War Camel portrayed by Angus McBride for MERP

Camels are animals native to the Southern lands. These animals are only mentioned in linguistic writings dating from the early versions of the legendarium.[1][2]


The Qenya name of "a camel" is ulun(t).[1][2]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Camels, level 4 animals, are called devevi (sing. deve) in Apysaic (a language of south-western Endor). There are both one- and twohumped variants of the beast.[3] Staibir is the name of a War Camel appearing in an adventure set in Southwestern Middle-earth.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne)
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 27
  3. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), "Riding and Draft Animals"
  4. Jessica Ney (ed.; 1990), Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-earth (#8007), pp. 26-7