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Thrushes

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The Old Thrush by Mark Poole

Thrushes were large speckled brown birds with a special fondness for snails, whose shells they remove by breaking them against stones. A thrush of Erebor was instrumental in the downfall of Smaug.

Men of Lake-town and Dale could understand the language of the thrushes, and some thrushes could understand the common tongue.