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Location
Particularly associated with Erebor, the Lonely Mountain1
Species
Numerous types of gastropod, especially of the family Helicidae
Meaning
From Old English snægl, ultimately from an ancient root word *sneg- meaning 'crawl' or 'creep'

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Snails

Spiral-shelled molluscs

Shell-bearing gastropod molluscs. Those of Erebor were particularly noted for their large size.


Notes

1

Doubtless snails were to be found across Middle-earth, as they're often used as analogies or similes. They're only literally described, however, in a single place: in the shadowy alcove that held the secret Dwarf-door on the side of the Lonely Mountain.

See also...

Slugs, Thrushes

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