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Red Fox portrayed in MERP

Foxes were dog-like carnivores of woodland and farmland, distinctive for their red-orange coats and their eerie plaintive cries. A dog-fox became puzzled at finding Frodo, Sam and Pippin asleep in a fir-wood on the first night of their journey from Hobbiton.[1]

The Quenya word for "fox" is rusco (Sindarin has rusc).[2][3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 353
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Etymological Notes on the Ósanwe-kenta" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000, p. 10