Sea-serpents

From Tolkien Gateway
"There are many monsters in the Sea..."
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Fastitocalon"
Sea Serpent by Angus McBride

Sea-serpents, also called fish-dragons, were a breed of dragons only mentioned fleetingly in Elvish linguistic writings.[1] No story tells of their appearance in the history of Arda.

Other names[edit]

The Elvish terms for the creature are lingwilókë in Quenya, and lhimlug in Noldorin.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

Water Drake in MERP, by Kent Burles

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Water Drakes, or Water Serpents, are drakes who have adapted to a life in freshwater pools or in the ocean. The smaller varieties, who only live in fresh-water, are called Rain-drakes (or Lake-worms), while the larger (who prey in all types of water) are called True Water-drakes or Sea Serpents.[2] An individual Water-drake, Séahmatha (meaning "Lake Serpent" in the tongue of the Northmen), inhabits the Long Lake.[3]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

"Sea Serpent" and "Rain-drake" are creatures of the Drake-kind. A unique dragon of the water is Eärcaraxë, which may be played keyed to coastal regions and sites.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry "LOK-"
  2. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), pp. 116-117
  3. Zachariah Woolf (1995), Lake-town (#2016), pp. 121-128
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