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Merlock Mountains

The Merlock Mountains are mentioned in the Shire-poem The Mewlips.[1]

It is unknown if the Merlock Mountains refer to an actual mountain range in Middle-earth, or if they were just an invention by the poet. As the poem describes a location similar to Mirkwood,[2] it is possible that they were a fictitious version of the Misty Mountains, or what the Hobbits knew about them.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Fans have speculated that the name Merlock was inspired by the name Morlock appearing in Tolkien's earlier poem "Knocking at the Door" (which was perhaps itself inspired by H.G. Wells's Morlock) [4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Mewlips"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Mewlips, the"
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 260
  4. 'geordie', "Middle-earth Is Orbiting Saturn (post #3)" dated 26 December 2012, The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 15 February 2013)
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