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White cow

A white cow belonged to the Fairies dwelling in Artanor, according to an Elvish poem. Although nothing else is known about this creature, possibly the cow itself was a Faërie creature.[1]

[edit] Inspiration

As noted by Arden R. Smith, "nothing about a white cow in Artanor or Doriath appears elsewhere in the published legendarium, but white cows as denizens of the fairy world are a common motif in Celtic mythology."[1][2]

[edit] See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Tengwesta Qenderinwa and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets Part 2", in Parma Eldalamberon XVIII (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 142
  2. For more on white cows as fairy creatures, cf. James MacKillop, Oxford Dictionary of Celic Mythology, p. 108
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