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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]].  
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"'''Fastitocalon'''" is a poem by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] published in ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]''.<ref>{{AB|Fastitocalon}}</ref> This poem is a revised version of the poem "[[Adventures in Unnatural History and Medieval Metres, being the Freaks of Fisiologus]]".
  
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.
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The central character is [[Fastitocalon]], the last of the [[Turtle-fish]]. 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.
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The fastitocalon reminds of the biblical/kanaanite leviathan.
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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 of Ulmo's creatures, still alive in biblical times.
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Latest revision as of 00:38, 18 March 2012

This article is about a poem. For the individual of the Turtle-fish, see Fastitocalon.

"Fastitocalon" is a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien published in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.[1] This poem is a revised version of the poem "Adventures in Unnatural History and Medieval Metres, being the Freaks of Fisiologus".

The central character is Fastitocalon, the last of the Turtle-fish. The setting is Middle-earth.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Fastitocalon"