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Beasts of the Wood in MECCG

Deer were graceful creatures found throughout Middle-earth. Deer were traditionally dedicated to the Vala Nessa,[source?] and were said to follow her as she travelled through the wild lands.[1]

In Sindarin, the adjective ross was often used to describe the copper colour of red deer.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Deer are found in many places of Middle-earth. They are typically not aggressive, but some will fight if the player threatens them. Weaker deer will run away when attacked.

See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Etymological Notes on the Ósanwe-kenta" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000, p. 10