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Fastitocalon (poem)

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"'''Fastitocalon'''" is a poem by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] about a beast of the same name. The setting is [[Middle-earth]].  
"'''Fastitocalon'''" is a poem by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] published in ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]''.  
Fastitocalon is the last of the mighty turtle-fish who is the central character in this poem of the same name. This poem is well-known to the [[Hobbits]] and tells of how because of his huge size, sailors landed on his back only to drown when he dove underwater.
The central character in this poem is [[Fastitocalon]], the last of the mighty [[Turtle-fishes]]. The setting is [[Middle-earth]].  
Fastitocalon was the size of a small island and vegetation would often grow on his back when not submerged adding to his deceitful appearance as an actual island.
The fastitocalon reminds of the biblical/kanaanite leviathan.
It is never explained whether the turtle-fish were an actual race or fictional characters for the poem. In the History of Middle-earth 1: The Book of Lost Tales 1 however, [[Ulmo]], Lord of the Waters, uses his giant whale, [[Uin]], to drag [[Tol Eressea]] towards [[Aman]]. This whale reappears in [[Roverandom]]. It is thinkable in an early phase of the mythology Tolkien imagined the fastitocalon to be another one of '''Ulmo''''s creatures, still alive in biblical times.
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]

Revision as of 14:28, 16 October 2010

"Fastitocalon" is a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien published in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.

The central character in this poem is Fastitocalon, the last of the mighty Turtle-fishes. The setting is Middle-earth.