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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


  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