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Found throughout Middle-earth and Aman
A domesticated descendant of the Wolf1
Canis lupus familiaris
From Old English docga


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  • Updated 23 September 2008
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Canine companions of Men and Elves

Common domestic animals in Middle-earth. The greatest of them all was Huan, the Hound of Valinor.



In our World, Dogs were bred from Wolves, but it's unclear whether this applies in Tolkien's universe. We know that there were Hounds in Valinor (specifically, Huan) when Arda was only a few thousand years old, and it's hard to imagine the Valar urgently breeding Wolf-stock to produce the first Dogs so quickly.

See also...

Bamfurlong, Fang, Foxes, Grip, Hounds, Wolf

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