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Kirinki portrayed in MERP

Kirinki was one of the many species of birds found in Númenor, and doubtless Aman, that were not known in Middle-earth. The kirinki were said to be smaller than wrens, with bright scarlet feathers, and voices so high that they could hardly be heard by Men.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The meaning of kirinki is unknown. Perhaps it is a Quenya word,[2] seemingly incorporating the diminutive ending -incë.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  2. "Kirinki (July 25, 2002)" (and related messages) at the Elfling mailing list (accessed 13 March 2011)
  3. Helge Fauskanger, "Quenya Corpus Wordlist" at Ardalambion (accessed 13 March 2011)