is hungry, hare is fearful..."
rhyme of the Living Creatures
From The Two Towers
Larger relatives of rabbits, noted for their proverbially rapid movement and the fact that, unlike their cousins the rabbits, they live above ground in nests rather than in underground burrows. Hares were widespread in Middle-earth: they were known to the Shire-hobbits, and the Eagles of the Misty Mountains hunted them for food. They also seem to have ranged at least as far south as Fangorn Forest, where the lore of the Living Creatures recounted by Treebeard included a line describing a hare.
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