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Production video #9: what bird is that?
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Fardragon
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Nov 26 2012, 12:16pm

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And interesting article, but a couple of other points could have been made: [In reply to] Can't Post

The description is closer to a Mistle Thrush - another UK bird, but less common than a song thrush. It is larger and has a slightly darker back. It get's it's name from eating mistletoe, which connects it to Druidic magic.

Robins might also be thrown into the mix, since the European robin was considered a type of thrush when Tolkien was writing. In addition to their appearance on Christmas cards (often in conjunction with mistletoe), a robin serves as a guide in CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and in Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. There is also the nursery rhyme Who Killed Cock Robin?

***Spoiler warning***

"I," said the sparrow, "with my little arrow."

A Far Dragon is the best kind...


Ataahua
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Jan 12 2013, 9:52pm

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Board member (and biologist) ArchedCory [In reply to] Can't Post

names it an American Robin. He has a webpage here where he discusses the animals of AUJ.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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