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Moles were small black animals, apparently well-known to the people of Gondolin. Maeglin adopted it as the symbol of the House of the Mole.[1]

Other names

As the word mole has several meanings in English, it can be difficult to know if an Elvish word refers to the animal. In any case, some names are given: Qenya noldare, nolpa ("a mole"); Gnomish dolfa, dolmeg ("a mole"), and meg ("any small animal, especially mole").[2]

External links


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), pp. 30, 57