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Storks

Large, long-legged birds

Tall birds with long legs and long bills, noted for migrating over remarkable distances and building large nests on high perches. It was perhaps this latter habit that caused a startled and confused Bilbo Baggins to blurt out the word 'storks' when he found himself among the high shelves of the Eagles' Eyrie. This is indeed the only recorded mention of storks in the tales of the Middle-earth, but it does at least tell us that they were known in the Shire. Given the northerly latitude of that land, however, storks were unlikely to have been more than very occasional visitors.


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