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Sheep

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Sheep were woolly grazing animals, especially common in the Númenórean region of Emerië, and (in Middle-earth) on the Barrow-downs and in the Vales of Anduin.

Names

The Quenya word for "sheep" is máma, derived from Primitive Quendian māmā.[1] Tolkien also suggested the Common Eldarin form mbā ("sheep").[2]

In Gnomish, one of Tolkien's early conceptions of an Elven language, the word for "sheep" is moth (pl. mothrim or mothin); iol means "lamb" ("little lamb, lambkin" is iolinc).[3]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2002: Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring:

Sheep are found on the fields around Bagshot Row.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Sheep are found throughout the Shire and Bree-land.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language'", p. 395
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, p. 35
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), pp. 51, 58