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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]] of .is [].
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|−|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. |+|
is the last of the -fish. is [].
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|−|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. |+|
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"Fastitocalon" is a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien published in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. 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.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Fastitocalon"