Starlings was one of the many species of birds found in Middle-earth. After Smaug's death many birds were gathering around Erebor. Thorin saw among them "starlings and flocks of finches".
Tom Bombadil mentions starlings in his song Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! in the Old Forest: "Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling." He himself is compared to a starling when he enters the room in his house where the hobbits had been sleeping: "Tom was moving about the room whistling like a starling."
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Old Forest"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil".