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Dogs were common domestic animals in Middle-earth. The greatest of them all was Huan, the Hound of Valinor.

[edit] Names

In Quenya, the word for "dog" is huo, and the Noldorin cognate of the same meaning is .[1] Tolkien also experimented with other, onomatopoetic names: Quenya roa, grā, and wā(v).[2]

In Gnomish, the early version of Noldorin, "dog" is also , and the additional cognate huil means "bitch". The word saur means "hound, wild dog".[3]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Dogs are found throughout Middle-earth, espcially in the Shire. Lore-masters can also have a non-combat dog pet.

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 364-5 (root KHUGAN-)
  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, pp. 35-6
  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. 49, 67