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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]

Other fiction

In the story Roverandom appears the large whale Uin, said to be the "oldest of the Right Whales".[5]

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.[6][7]


  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. J.R.R. Tolkien; Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond (eds.), Roverandom, [Chapter] 4
  6. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012)
  7. Randy Maxwell (1997), The Northern Waste (#2025)