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Sheep

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Sheep were woolly grazing animals, especially common in the Númenórean region of Emerië,[1] 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.[2] Tolkien also suggested the Common Eldarin form mbā ("sheep").[3]

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).[4]

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.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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