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Whale in MERP

Whales were large aquatic creatures of the seas of Arda. A famous ship of the Númenóreans, the Hirilondë, was also given a name after this creature: Turuphanto, meaning the "Wooden Whale".[1]

In early versions of the legendarium appears the whale Uin, the "Primeval Whale",[2] a vassal of Ulmo.[3]

[edit] Etymology

In the Gnomish Lexicon, the word uin means "whale". Another Gnomish word for whale was uimoth ("sheep of the waves"), incorporating moth.[4]

[edit] Other fiction

In the story Roverandom appears the large whale Uin, said to be the "oldest of the Right Whales".[5]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Whales are animals included among the Water Beasts. Races include humpback whales, killer whales, and the Cherethrynd. A related creature is the Demon whale of Forochel, which is included among the Water Monsters.[6][7]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. 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. 15 (footnote 20)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, entry "Uin"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien; Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond (eds.), Roverandom, [Chapter] 4
  6. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012)
  7. Randy Maxwell (1997), The Northern Waste (#2025)