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Camels were animals native to the Southern lands, and thus appear illustrated on a map of Middle-earth.[note 1] Otherwise, these animals only appear in linguistic writings dating from the early versions of the legendarium.[1][2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The Qenya name of "a camel" is ulun(t).[1][2]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Camels in adaptations
War Camel portrayed by Angus McBride for MERP  
"Haradrian Champion on War Camel" for Mithril Miniatures  
"Mahud Raider" for the LotRSBG  

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Camels, level 4 animals, are called devevi (sing. deve) in Apysaic (a language of south-western Endor). There are both one- and two-humped variants of the beast.[3] Staibir is the name of a War Camel appearing in an adventure set in Southwestern Middle-earth.[4]

1987-: Mithril Miniatures:

A camel was released as part of the 32mm scale figure "Haradrian Champion on War Camel".[5]

2001-: The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game:

Camels are used as mounts by the Mahud Raiders of the barren lands of the Nafarat.[6]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien himself acknowledged the Map of Middle-earth.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne)
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 27
  3. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), "Riding and Draft Animals"
  4. Jessica Ney (ed.; 1990), Angus McBride's Characters of Middle-earth (#8007), pp. 26-7
  5. "MS468 Lord of the Rings 'Haradrian™ Champion on Warcamel' Fellowship 32mm Scale Figure", (accessed 3 May 2014)
  6. "Mahud Raider", (accessed 3 May 2014)