From Tolkien Gateway

Finches was one of the many species of birds found in Middle-earth. In the song In Western Lands beneath the Sun sung by Samwise Gamgee in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, he mentions that in western lands "the merry finches sing".[1]

After Smaug's death many birds were gathering around Erebor. Thorin saw among them "starlings and flocks of finches".[2]


In a linguistic manuscript dating from the 1930s, appears the Qenya gloss liri ("finch").[3]

Other writings

In The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, a raven and a finch speak two of the verses,[4] reminiscent of the sentient thrushes and ravens in The Hobbit.