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Lintips were legendary, mysterious creatures only mentioned in Hobbit verse. Escaping and laughing at Tom Bombadil, he complains saying they are the "only things that won't talk to me, say what they do or what they be".[1]


As in the case of the Mewlips, readers have "failed to identify a source of the 'lintips'".[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Once upon a Time", in The Young Magicians (ed. Lin Carter)
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, p. 689
Legendary Races of Arda
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Dragon-kind:  Great glow-worms · Sea-serpents · Spark-dragons · Were-worms
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