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Kirinki portrayed in MERP

Kirinki was one of the many species of birds found in Númenor, and doubtless Aman, that were not known in Middle-earth. The kirinki were said to be smaller than wrens, with bright scarlet feathers, and voices so high that they could hardly be heard by Men.[1]


The meaning of kirinki is unknown. Perhaps it is a Quenya word.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  2. "Kirinki (July 25, 2002)" (and related messages) at the Elfling mailing list (accessed 13 March 2011)