Merlock Mountains

From Tolkien Gateway

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]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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]


Legendary locations in Arda
Islands:  Isle of Meneltarma
Mountains:  Astulat · Mountains of the Moon · Merlock Mountains
 Regions:  Aerie · Belmarie · Fantasie · Last Desert · Sindanórie · Thellamie · Tode
Rivers:  Derrilyn
Other:  Caves of the Forgotten · Gorbelgod