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The Kûd-dûkan is a creature in Rohirric folklore. There is only one tale about them, namely that they do not appear in any other tales. They do little, and avoid the sight of men, being able to vanish in a twinkling; and they can change their voices to resemble the piping of birds. They are, however, not known to spout smoke from their mouths. It is translated into Old English as Holbytla, "hole-dweller". When Théoden met two strange beings standing guard at Isengard on March 5th, T.A. 3019, he immediately connected them to the folklore creature. He was corrected by one of them, who said that they preferred the term kuduk, or "Hobbit".