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Starlings

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".[1]

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."[2] 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."[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds".
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Old Forest"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil".