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Thread #51265   Message #780638
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
10-Sep-02 - 02:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: Tolkien Trivia
Subject: RE: BS: Tolkien Trivia
There are a number of thinking (to one degree or another) races in LOTR, such as Hobbits, Elves, Men, Orcs, Trolls, of course the Wizards, the wild men (whose name I forget for the moment).

But in only a few instances (I'm thinking three, but I could be wrong) does Tolkien put actual conscious thoughts and/or reason in an animal's mind, and as I recall only one instance of an animal speaking. I'm ignoring wargs and horses and the birds that act as spies for Sauron, all of which show some sort of intelligently directed behavior, but not what I'd call conscious thought evident from the text.

What animals can you name?

Dave Oesterreich