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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 one 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"