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References to snakes are found from locations throughout Middle-earth
Any of some three thousand species in the suborder Serpentes
From an ancient root *sneg, 'crawling thing'
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Reptilian creatures that are universally associated in Tolkien with the forces of darkness, and especially with Morgoth, the first Dark Lord.

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