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'''Gorcrow''', "gore crow", is an old English name for [[Crows|carrion crow]]. It is used by [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] in a [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] verse about [[the Mewlips]], published as a part of [[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]. The Mewlips are fearsome creatures of remote marshes, and on the same damp marshes live these foul crows, mentioned only in passing:
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'''Gorcrows''' were a legendary species of birds, only mentioned in passing in [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] verse. These foul crows, who croak in their sleep, are said to have lived in the same damp marshes as the fearsome [[The Mewlips|Mewlips]].<ref>{{AB|Mewlips}}</ref>
{{quote|And gloomily the gorcrows stand<br /> Croaking in their sleep.|[[The Mewlips]]}}
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==Etymology==
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''Gorcrow'', "gore crow", is an [[old English]] name for [[Crows|carrion crow]].<ref>Patrick J. Cassidy, ed. (1913), ''Webster Dictionary''</ref> 
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Revision as of 11:12, 16 October 2010

Gorcrows were a legendary species of birds, only mentioned in passing in Hobbit verse. These foul crows, who croak in their sleep, are said to have lived in the same damp marshes as the fearsome Mewlips.[1]

Etymology

Gorcrow, "gore crow", is an old English name for carrion crow.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Mewlips"
  2. Patrick J. Cassidy, ed. (1913), Webster Dictionary