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"There are many monsters in the Sea..."
J.R.R. Tolkien[1]
"there are Tolkien's latest thoughts, his best thoughts, and his published thoughts and these are not necessarily the same." — Tolkien's Legendarium
This article is non-canon.

Sea-serpents, also called fish-dragons, were a breed of dragons only mentioned fleetingly in Elvish linguistic writings.[2] No story tells of their appearance in the history of Arda.



In Quenya, the name of the creature is lingwilóke[2] (Sindarin, lhimlug).[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

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Water Drake in MERP, by Kent Burles

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Water Drakes, or Water Serpents, are drakes who have adapted to a life in freshwater pools or in the ocean. The smaller varieties, who only live in fresh-water, are called Rain-drakes (or Lake-worms), while the larger (who prey in all types of water) are called True Water-drakes or Sea Serpents.[4] An individual Water-drake, Séahmatha (meaning "Lake Serpent" in the tongue of the Northmen), inhabits the Long Lake.[5]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

"Sea Serpent" and "Rain-drake" are creatures of the Drake-kind. A unique dragon of the water is Eärcaraxë, which may be played keyed to coastal regions and sites.

See also

External links


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Fastitocalon"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 370 (entry for LOK-)
  3. Sindarin dictionary at Hiswelokë (accessed 20 November 2010)
  4. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), pp. 116-117
  5. Zachariah Woolf (1995), Lake-town (#2016), pp. 121-128
Legendary Races of Arda
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Dragon-kind:  Great glow-worms · Sea-serpents · Spark-dragons · Were-worms
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Other:  Badger-folk · Great beasts · Lintips · Mewlips · Nameless Things · Spectres
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