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Various types of large birds related to ducks and swans, often fierce and aggressive in temperament. Though no goose appears directly in the Tolkien's stories, they do seem to have existed in Middle-earth, because at one point Gandalf uses the phrase 'wildgoose chase' to describe a potentially hopeless chase1.



In The Two Towers III 6, it's discovered that Gríma attempted to ban Éomer's pursuit of Orcs in northern Rohan on the grounds that it was a 'wildgoose chase', though in fact it turned out to be critical to victory in the War of the Ring.

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