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Aurochs are large, bovine animals that spawn throughout Middle-earth. They are similar to cattle, however are they are larger, and have a pair of horns. They replace the vanilla cow in most 'wild' biomes, similarly to boar and deer.

Aurochs and kids - Dale B28

A thriving herd of aurochs feasting on Dalish meadows.

SpawningEdit

They occur in almost all temperate biomes except for the Shire, Breeland, Dorwinion and the Pelennor Fields of Gondor, where domesticated cows have taken their role in the 'natural' order. Like elk and wild boar, they are non-domesticated animals and behave a little differently, so beware of their temper.

As top herbivores in most biomes, their occurence is lowest of all larger passive mammals. Their numbers are typically half of that of sheep in any biome.

BehaviourEdit

These creatures will passively wander through their habitat, in herds of typically four animals. If left to their own business, aurochs will do no harm to the player. However, if they are provoked they will charge the player inflicting damage with their horns and causing a bit of knockback.

They can be lured and fed with wheat (Wheat). Two aurochs who have been fed will breed and produce an infant aurochs.

Drops Edit

Drop Rarity Quantity Image
Raw Beef Always 2-4 RawBeef
Leather Always 2-4 Leather
Horn Always 1 Horn

TriviaEdit

The anglo-saxon ur-rune (= letter U) means "cattle" or "aurochs". Tolkien used those ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋ for some texts in the initial drafts of "The Lord of the Rings", later on, he replaced them by cirth runes.

The aurochs is proud and has great horns;
it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;
a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle.

Old English rune poem


Animals of Middle-Earth
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