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This article is about the evil creatures. For the poem, see The Mewlips.
Mewlip by Angus McBride

Mewlips were a legendary race of evil creatures only mentioned in Hobbit verse. Living beyond the Merlock Mountains and the marsh of Tode, they are said to have fed on passers-by, collecting their bones in a sack.[1]

Robert Foster, while emphasising that they were likely fictitious, has suggested that the Mewlips were "perhaps modelled on Orcs".[2]

In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins learned that the Long Marshes had grown wider, consuming paths and lost people.[3] In plot notes that J.R.R. Tolkien made while writing the story the raftsmen told tales of disappearing rafts, men, and beasts;[4] John D. Rateliff suggests that the more ominous line in the notes may indicate that Tolkien had some unpleasantness in mind had Thorin and Company gotten into the marshes - perhaps meeting the Mewlips.[5]


Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Mewlips, described and given statistics in various supplements, are portrayed as undead beings living in swamps and marshes. The race is conceived as having been created by Morgoth in the Elder Days.[6][7]

See also

External links


  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. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Plot Notes B", p. 362
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Plot Notes B", (ii) Visiting the Mewlips, p. 370
  6. Jeff McKeage (1988), Raiders of Cardolan (#8108)
  7. Jessica Ney (ed.; 1990), Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-earth (#8007)
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