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Dumbledors were a legendary "ferocious race of winged insects",[1] mentioned only in Hobbit verse. The dumbledors were said to have battled a knight on a quest.[2]


[edit] Etymology

Dumbledor or dumbledore is an obsolete English word for bumblebee.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Middle-earth Role Playing:

Dumbledors are described as being large winged insects weighing 6-8 pounds, carrying illness or poison, and to live in the Midgewater Marshes.[3][4][5]

[edit] See also


  1. David Day, A Tolkien Bestiary
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Errantry"
  3. Wesley J. Frank, et al. (1997), Arnor: The Land (#2023)
  4. S. Coleman Charlton (1993), Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover) (#2000)
  5. Jeff McKeage (1988), Raiders of Cardolan (#8108)
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