Swans of Gorbelgod
- "I see what I see. And if they be not birds, what are they? Very great must they be, greater than the Swans of Gorbelgod, of which legends tell. And lo! I see another that comes behind, but less clearly, for its wings are black."
- ― Tal-Elmar watching four strange birds from atop a hill top. The Peoples of Middle-earth, Tal-Elmar (chapter)
The Swans of Gorbelgod were a race of swans remembered in legend on Númenor. They were white and of an unusually great size. Little else is known about these creatures, or about the location of Gorbelgod.
Tal-Elmar watches three strange white birds with his father, Hazad. He initially mistakes them for the legendary swans of gorbelgod, only to be proven wrong when a fourth bird ends up being different.
 Other versions of the legendarium
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XVII. Tal-Elmar", p. 426
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XVII. Tal-Elmar", p. 437
|Legendary Races of Arda|
|Animals:||Dumbledors · Gorcrows · Hummerhorns · Pards · Swans of Gorbelgod · Turtle-fish|
|Dragon-kind:||Sea-serpents · Spark-dragons · Were-worms|
|Evil Races:||Ettens · Giants · Hobgoblins · Ogres · Snow-trolls · Two-headed Trolls|
|Other:||Badger-folk · Great beasts · Lintips · Mewlips · Nameless Things · Spectres|
|Individuals:||The Hunter · Lonely Troll · Man in the Moon · The Rider · River-woman · Tarlang · Tim · White cow|