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The Merlock Mountains are mentioned in the Shire-poem The Mewlips.[1]

It is unknown if the Merlock Mountains refer to an actual mountain range in Middle-earth, or if they were just an invention by the poet. Robert Foster, while emphasising that they were likely fictitious, has suggested that the Merlock Mountains "were possibly based on what little the Hobbits knew about the Misty Mountains".[2]

Etymology

Fans have speculated that the name Merlock was inspired by the name Morlock (perhaps itself inspired by H.G. Wells's Morlock) appearing in Tolkien's earlier poem "Knocking at the Door".[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Mewlips"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (1978, p. 260)
  3. 'geordie', "Middle-earth Is Orbiting Saturn (post #3)" dated 26 December 2012, The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 15 February 2013)
Legendary Locations in Arda
Mountains:  Astulat · Merlock Mountains
 Regions:  Belmarie · Fantasie · Sindanórie · Thellamie · Last Desert
Rivers:  Derrilyn
Other:  Aerie · Caverns of the Oaritsi · Gorbelgod · Tode