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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]].
 
'''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]].
  
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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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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]

Portrayal in adaptations

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

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

See also

External links

References

  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