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Goats

Agile horned creatures. They were clearly as common in Middle-earth as they are today, but it's difficult to be sure whether they were domesticated by the peoples of those times. The few references we have to these animals refer to wild goats living in mountainous regions, leaving it unclear whether they were also kept as farm animals. The goat was the indirect source of the family name 'Goatleaf': in fact that word originally referred to a plant (better known as a honeysuckle) that was a favourite food of goats.


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