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Whale in MERP

Whales were large aquatic creatures of the seas of Arda. A famous ship of the Númenóreans, the Hirilondë, was also given a name after this creature: Turuphanto, meaning the "Wooden Whale".[1]

In early versions of the legendarium appears the whale Uin, a vassal of Ulmo.[2]


In the Gnomish Lexicon, the word uin means "whale". Another Gnomish word for whale was uimoth, "sheep of the waves" (incorporating moth).[3][4]

Portrayal in adaptions

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Whales are animals included among the Water Beasts. Races include humpback whales, killer whales, and the Cherethrynd. A related creature is the Demon whale of Forochel, which is included among the Water Monsters.[5][6]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
  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)
  5. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012)
  6. Randy Maxwell (1997), The Northern Waste (#2025)