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'''Serpents''' was a name used both for the [[dragons]] (properly, '''great serpents''')<ref name=Ety>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 370 (entry for ''LOK-'')</ref> and as a synonym for ordinary [[snakes]].
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'''Serpents''' was a name used both for the [[dragons]] (properly, '''great serpents''')<ref name=Ety>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 370 (entry for [[LOK|LOK-]])</ref> and as a synonym for ordinary [[snakes]].
  
During his fight with [[Huan]], [[Sauron]] took the form of a serpent.{{fact}} The "[[Black Serpent]]" was also a heraldic symbol of the [[Haradrim]], suggesting that there were serpents in the South.{{fact}}
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During his fight with [[Huan]], [[Sauron]] took the form of a serpent.{{fact}} The "[[Black Serpent]]" on scarlet was also the heraldic symbol of the chieftain of the [[Haradrim]], suggesting that there were serpents in the South.<ref>{{RK|V6}}</ref>
 
==Names==
 
==Names==
 
In [[Quenya]], "snake, serpent" is ''[[lókë]]'' ([[Sindarin]], ''[[lhûg]]'').<ref>{{S|Appendix}}</ref>
 
In [[Quenya]], "snake, serpent" is ''[[lókë]]'' ([[Sindarin]], ''[[lhûg]]'').<ref>{{S|Appendix}}</ref>
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The [[Noldorin]] name ''Lhamthanc'' ("forked tongue") is said to be a "serpent-name", consisting of ''[[lham|lham(b)]]'' + ''[[thanc]]''.<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 388</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
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*[[Snakes]]
 
*[[Snakes]]
 
*[[Sea-serpents]]
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*{{WP|Serpent (symbolism)}}
 
*{{WP|Serpent (symbolism)}}

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Serpents was a name used both for the dragons (properly, great serpents)[1] and as a synonym for ordinary snakes.

During his fight with Huan, Sauron took the form of a serpent.[source?] The "Black Serpent" on scarlet was also the heraldic symbol of the chieftain of the Haradrim, suggesting that there were serpents in the South.[2]

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[edit] Names

In Quenya, "snake, serpent" is lókë (Sindarin, lhûg).[3]

The Noldorin name Lhamthanc ("forked tongue") is said to be a "serpent-name", consisting of lham(b) + thanc.[4]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

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"Sea Serpent" is a creature of Drake-kind, able to inflict two strikes.

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 370 (entry for LOK-)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 388