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Finches was one of the many species of birds found in Middle-earth. In the song In Western Lands sung by Samwise Gamgee in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, he mentions that in western lands "the merry finches sing".[1]

After Smaug's death many birds were gathering around Erebor. Thorin saw among them "starlings and flocks of finches".[2]

[edit] Etymology

In a linguistic manuscript dating from the 1930s, appears the Qenya gloss liri ("finch").[3]

[edit] Other writings

In The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, a raven and a finch speak two of the verses,[4] reminiscent of the sentient thrushes and ravens in The Hobbit.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds".
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenya Noun Structure", in Parma Eldalamberon XXI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Patrick H. Wynne and Arden R. Smith), p. 14
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, pp. 116-117, 214-215