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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]


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


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