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Location
Particularly associated with the region around the Lonely Mountain and Lake-town
Species
Any of various species in the genus Turdus1
Meaning
From Old English Þræsce

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Thrushes

Large speckled brown birds with a special fondness for snails, whose shells they remove by breaking them against stones. A thrush of Erebor was instrumental in the downfall of Smaug.


Notes

1

There are various species of thrush found in Europe that could plausibly be the kind imagined by Tolkien, with perhaps the most common being the song thrush Turdus philomelos and the mistle thrush Turdus viscivorus. Of these it is song thrushes that have the habit of knocking snail shells against rocks that was crucial to Bilbo's finding of the secret entrance to Erebor. The particular thrush seen by Bilbo, however, while it had the pale breast common in thrushes, also had unusually dark feathers (said to be 'nearly coal black' in The Hobbit 11, On the Doorstep). This is a feature does not match typical Eurasian thrushes (which are more usually medium brown in colour) so perhaps the variety found in Middle-earth was of a particularly dark kind no longer found today.

See also...

Nightingales

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