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'''Crows''' were black carrion birds associated with the forces of darkness.{{fact}} The most feared variety in the [[Westlands]] of [[Middle-earth]] was the large type known as [[crebain]].
 
'''Crows''' were black carrion birds associated with the forces of darkness.{{fact}} The most feared variety in the [[Westlands]] of [[Middle-earth]] was the large type known as [[crebain]].
  
A [[Quenya]] word for "crow" is ''quáko'', derived from [[Primitive Quendian]] ''k(a)wāk''.<ref>{{WJ|AD}}, p. 395</ref> Another Quenya word for "crow" is ''korko'', and the [[Noldorin]] cognate of the same meaning is ''corch''.<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 362 (root [[KORKA|KARKA-]])</ref>
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A [[Quenya]] word for "crow" is ''quáko'', derived from [[Primitive Quendian]] ''k(a)wāk''.<ref>{{WJ|AD}}, p. 395</ref> Another Quenya word for "crow" is ''korko'', and the [[Noldorin]] cognate of the same meaning is ''corch''.<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 362 (root [[KORKA|KARKA-]])</ref> In [[Noldorin|Gnomish]], one of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s very early conceptions of an [[Elvish|Elven]] language, the word for "crow" is ''crunc'' (pl. ''crunghin'').<ref>{{PE|11}}, p. 27</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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Regiment of Black Crows by Pamela Shanteau

Crows were black carrion birds associated with the forces of darkness.[source?] The most feared variety in the Westlands of Middle-earth was the large type known as crebain.

A Quenya word for "crow" is quáko, derived from Primitive Quendian k(a)wāk.[1] Another Quenya word for "crow" is korko, and the Noldorin cognate of the same meaning is corch.[2] In Gnomish, one of Tolkien's very early conceptions of an Elven language, the word for "crow" is crunc (pl. crunghin).[3]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language'", p. 395
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 362 (root KARKA-)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 27