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Mew by Alan Lee
Mew is a black-backed gull in Roverandom. Mew lives on a cliff-face (suggested by Hammond and Scull to be somewhere near Filey[1]:97) and is the postman for the sand-sorcerer Psamathos Psamathides.[1]:26

In the story, Mew takes Rover to the moon at the request of Psamathos; they fly via Mew's cliff-edge home, over the Isle of Dogs and see the seas flowing over the edges of the world.[1]:20 Whilst at the moon, Mew continues to deliver post to the Man-in-the-Moon before - once Roverandom's adventures on the moon are finished - taking Rover (now known as Roverandom) back to Psamathos.[1]:55

[edit] Etymology

"mew" is a term used to describe the noise by a cat or a gull.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien; Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond (eds.), Roverandom
  2. "mew", Oxford Dictionaries (accessed 20 August 2014)